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Last Minute Special Offer May 25 to June 19

Just £500 for a weeks stay at Dyer’s self catering holiday cottage in the beautiful Calderdale West Yorkshire between Halifax and Sowerby Bridge. Located in the shadow of Wainhouse Tower, the tallest folly in the world, this is a truly heritage area and our cottage is part of is one of the oldest buildings in the area.

Price includes a breakfast pack too.

Shorter stays available too.

Enjoy relaxing in our unique cottage garden after a day out exploring the natural beauty and historic sights.

Last minute offer at Dyer’s Cottage Yorkshire Sunday May 19 to Saturday May 25 just £500

Please phone or text me on 07359 200053 or send an enquiry email mentioning the special offer as this cannot be booked online. The price includes a complimentary Yorkshire welcome pack too.

Porky Pies? Yes, but also cheese, chicken, steak and ale and others too made by The Crusty Pie Company Halifax West Yorkshire

When you are staying at Dyer’s self catering holiday cottage Halifax, why not take a look at or their FB page and see where they are selling at local events or maybe place an online order as they deliver locally? You can also order to arrange a national delivery as the pies are sent out surrounded by dry ice to maintain maximum freshness. This is a true family business who only sell to the public. They don’t supply pubs, restaurants or shops, just you. Diane and Richard have been making pies for 28 years using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible so we hope you will support them too.



For those people keen to climb 369 steps to the viewing gallery, and achieve a magnificent 360 degree view of Calderdale and beyond, new opening dates have been announced. From Saturday 17 February, the tower will be open every 3rd Saturday of each month until October and every 1st Wednesday. This is the tallest folly in the world standing at 77m and this magnificent landmark can be seen from all over the area. Even at night it stands out as its elegant triple balconies are illuminated. One of our guests at Dyer’s Cottage from the USA used it to identify his way home after a few beers! We are proud to have a connection to John Edward Wainhouse who built it and be part of the Wainhouse Heritage Walk.

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Wainhouse Tower was initially designed as a very ornate chimney for the dyeworks of JE Wainhouse but was locally known as the tower of spite due to his feud with the neighbouring land owner. Built between 1871 and 1875, the architect was Isaac Booth.

Happy Yorkshire Day! August 1 is special for Yorkshire lads and lasses.

The Piece Hall in Halifax is celebrating 6 years from its grand re-opening on August 1 2017 after a massive renovation

The Magna Via also known as The Wakefield Gate Halifax: a great walk from Hipperholme to Halifax

This ancient road, connecting Halifax to Wakefield is a fascinating reminder of the illustrious past and until the 18th century was the only route East. Carrying animals, wool and textiles by packhorse, this footpath enables walkers to really experience how difficult life must have been in times gone by.

The walk from Hipperholme to Halifax, which we took by bus from Dyer’s Holiday Cottage into Halifax and bus to Hipperholme, is provided in the walks section of our guest information folder at Dyer’s Holiday Cottage Halifax but briefly consists of a downhill section from Station Road, then an upward path following Dark Lane, which is one of the best preserved Medieval holloways, up to 12 metres deep in parts, carved out by many centuries of traffic. At the summit, above Shibden Hall, home of Anne Lister aka ‘Gentleman Jack’ from the television series written by Sally Wainwright, the track levels out offering splendid views across the Shibden Valley to Queensbury on the opposite ridge. Look out for the old mineshaft before descending into the remnants of the woods of Beacon Hill. Here the track becomes setted again. The cobbles were laid in the 1720’s to provide an all weather surface but the gradient was too steep for wheeled vehicles. Excavated and restored by Halifax Civic Trust in 1984. we can now see the beauty of their workmanship.

The 1741 Turnpike Trust meant that gradually the Magna Via was used less to carry goods as the toll paying Halifax Old Road was built following a lower but longer more Northerly route between Halifax and Hipperholme.

It remains a great memorial of past times for walkers to enjoy and took us 1.5 hours, approximately 3 miles.

For more information have a look at

Information Board near Dark Lane Hipperholme
Dark Lane
Choose your route
Shibden Valley
The track descends into the woods on Beacon Hill Halifax
A work of art!

Nearly there!

Out and about at Ogden Water Country Park

Just a 15 minute drive from Dyer’s Holiday Cottage near Halifax is the beautiful nature reserve called Ogden Water. Accessed from the A629 Keighley Road, near the Moorlands Inn, it offers a variety of paths and trails to explore, some of which are suitable for a wheelchair or buggy. Dogs are allowed, there’s parking, picnic tables and a public toilet. Pay for parking at the Visitor Centre (opening hours vary). Owned by Yorkshire Water, and managed by Calderdale Countryside Service, the reservoir can hold over 220 million gallons of water but this is seasonal. Ogden Water covers over 34 acres and is reputed to be the first clay lined dam to be built in Europe when it opened in 1857. It has a maximum depth of 20 metres and this water is supplied from several streams and waterfalls tumbling down the hillside from the moorland above. However swimming, paddling etc is strictly forbidden.

For more about the history take a look at

The Promenade Ogden Water
Wind Turbines near Ogden Water
Beautiful rhododendrons in May/June
Ogden Water is surrounded by many walking trails to explore
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Pricing Alert!

If you are considering a stay of 5 or 6 nights, please do check the weekly price too as this may well be better value and offer you greater flexibility of arrival and departure times.

The Cragg Vale Coiners

Many books and articles have been written about the infamous Cragg Vale Coiners, such as Clip a Bright Guinea by John Marsh, and The Yorkshire Coiners by Steve Hartley but arguably the best known is The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers. All follow the same true story of David Hartley who inspired a group of local men to embark on a criminal enterprise which brought short term financial gain but ultimately led to his death by hanging on April 28 1770 at Tynburn near York.

David Hartley was a local lad who moved to Birmingham to learn metal working and after he got into a bit of trouble, he bid a hasty retreat back to Bell House Farmhouse in Cragg Vale near Mytholmroyd in the Calder Valley. Using his iron skills, he set up a gold coining business where he trimmed shavings off legal tender and cast new ones which were put into local circulation via the obliging publicans nearby. Soon about 30 other local land workers joined the gang but eventually rumours of their activities reached the local excise man William Deighton so a plot was initiated to get rid of him. He was murdered on November 10 1769 and the government offered a £100 reward for information.

To find out what happened next you need to watch a new 3 part series starting on Wed 31 May at 21.00 on BBC2. Based on the book The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers, Shane Meadows (creator of ‘This is England’) is the screenwriter with Michael Sorcha of ‘This is England’ fame playing “King David” Hartley and also Tom Burke recently seen as Cormoran Strike in ‘Strike’, George McKay, Thomas Turgoose and Sophie McShera. Filmed in Calderdale, this is the latest Callywood drama.

For more information about the Cragg Vale Coiners, we suggest you visit the Bankfield Museum in Halifax and take a look at

If you fancy a walk around the area where it all took place, take a look at an illustrated 10km walk produced by local cartographer Christopher Goddard which incorporates the main coining locations, ancient woods, stunning moorlands and amazing views.

Clip a Bright Guinea (John Marsh)
The Coiners Walk (Christopher Goddard)

Enjoying ‘Happy Valley’?

Stay with us at Dyer’s Cottage Halifax and explore all the BBC/Lookout ‘Happy Valley’ filming locations in Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Elland, Ripponden, Hebden Bridge and even Bolton across the border in Lancashire where the court scene was filmed.

There’s been so much media interest in Calderdale/Happy Valley that it’s now referred to as Callywood. Come and see for yourself the rugged natural beauty of the hills around us, explore the historic buildings like Shibden Hall and the Piece Hall seen in ‘Gentleman Jack’ and walk the towpaths of the canals.

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