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Out & About around Calderdale

Dyer's Cottage is the perfect location to explore Calderdale and The Yorkshire Dales National Park. Some of our favourite places are listed below.

Halifax’s 10 Best Kept Secrets and where to stay to see them

Halifax and Calderdale were rightly named as the 7th must see destination in the world to visit in 2019 by National Geographic. It is THE place to visit if you enjoy industrial architecture and canals, a thriving art and cultural scene and the beautiful Pennine countryside.

1 All Souls Church Halifax is a disused Grade 1 listed building on Haley Hill whose 72m spire is the second highest in Yorkshire. Designed by Sir Gilbert Scott in a Gothic Revival style and completed in 1859, it was the centre of the industrial model village of Akroydon.

Edward Akroyd, whose family owned the adjacent worsted mill, created the village to improve the social conditions of the workers. His own house nearby, Bankfield, is now a museum with constantly changing displays. No charge. See: and


2 Tuel Lane Lock on the Rochdale Canal at Sowerby Bridge is the deepest lock in the UK with a fall of 6m. No charge. For more information search for Sowerby Bridge at:  

3 The sight of a carpet of bluebells and the scent of wild garlic in the woods between Southowram and Brighouse can’t be missed in May. No charge.

4 Lister Lane Cemetery Halifax opened in 1841 and occupies 3 acres arranged around a now derelict chapel. It has Grade 11 listing status because of the variety of gravestones and monuments and here you can see the final resting places of many eminent local families such as the Crossleys of Dean Clough Mills, world famous carpet manufacturers. 

Open from 10.00 to 15.00 on Wednesdays and also on Sundays 10.00 to 12.00 weather permitting. No charge. See: htpps://

5 Magna Via  Have you ever walked along a Medieval road? Prior to the 18th century, this was the road connecting Halifax and Wakefield and a section of it near Halifax is virtually unchanged. Walk the original sets as it climbs Beacon Hill and then explore the steeply banked holloway along Dark Lane.

For a free 5.5 mile circular walk called Halifax-The Magna Via and Southowram see: and enter Halifax in the ‘Find walks near me’ section. No charge.

6 Perhaps combine the activity above with a trip to Dove Cottage Nursery and Garden, a terraced North facing hillside near Shibden Hall, where a mix of perennials and grasses grow. There is plenty of seating and a sales area where you can buy their plants.

No charge. Open Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 to 17.00. See:

7  Warley Moor Reservoir, also known as Fly Flatts Reservoir, is set amidst peaceful moorland at a height of 400m. With an average depth of 14m and an area of 28ha, it is a wonderful bird spotting site as well as being home to Halifax Sailing Club (

8 The vaccary wall at Norland is a 100m section of Medieval walling resembling short standing stones. It is considered to be one of the finest surviving examples of vaccary walling in England. Probably dating from the early 13th century, this cattle grazing land was owned by Fountains Abbey and the wall acted as a cattle enclosure.

9 Shaw Lodge Mills Shaw Lane Halifax have their 200th birthday in 2020 and remained in production until 2008, employing 3000 workersat their height. The main product woven was moquette, a fabric used to cover the seats of buses and trains across the world, including the Orient Express! It is now a multi-use complex which has preserved the community feel and architectural character of the original buildings. An indoor soccerhealth and fitness centre is based in the old clock tower and Loft 1850 occupies the top floor of the 1850 mill selling a range of contemporary furniture and home interior accessories. See: and

10 The Secret Cafe is hidden away in a small industrial park next to the Rochdale Canal in Luddenden Foot. Open Monday to Friday 08.00 to 14.30 and Saturday 08.00 to 15.00 with occasional Secret Bistro Nights, it serves delicious breakfasts, lunches, light snacks and sandwiches. See:


For an alternative to a hotel, have you considered staying in a self-catering holiday cottage? Dyer’s Holiday Cottage Halifax offers you 17th century character features but 21st century comfort and style. Sleeping up to 3 adults and a child, this spacious short-term let holiday cottage with high ceilings and a sunny garden is located in the heritage Wainhouse area of Halifax near Sowerby Bridge. For more details see





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Gods Own Country

You must visit a new exhibition at the Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse which is on till Saturday 5th October. It celebrates West Yorkshire’s artistic talents portraying the landscapes, history, people and architecture. 

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A view from the top

Our magnificent neighbour, Wainhouse Tower, the tallest folly in the world at 77m high, is open on Monday May 6th. Climb 403 steps to the top to get an amazing view of Calderdale.

Opens at 11.00 and closes at 16.00 but be there earlier.

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The Tour de Yorkshire can’t be missed

Halifax is covered with yellow bunting and yellow and blue bikes in preparation for the final day Stage 4 which leaves the Piece Hall tomorrow Sunday May 5th at 12.35 and passing up Free School Lane to Saville Park very close to us. 

Halifax town centre will be closed to vehicles from 06.00 to 15.00 to allow race support vehicles and team buses access and let spectators the chance to get close to the cyclists. 

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Come to the Halifax International Market this weekend

It started today but it’s on all weekend from 09.00 to 18.00 Friday and Saturday and on Sunday till 16.00.
Lots of lovely international food to try and buy. Be adventurous!
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Come and see Eva at the Piece Hall

Eva the super-sized mechanical moving baby is drawing lots of attention for the premier ZARA. With a cast of over 100, enjoy music, a tank, and 3D illuminations at this Easter spectacular in Halifax.
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Callywood strikes again!

Hot off the press! More filming is taking place today! Sowerby Bridge rail station has been renamed Ackley Bridge.

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AirBnb Superhost for the 8th time!

So pleased to be awarded AirBnb Superhost status again but we do support #bookdirect as this saves you an 18% booking fee and enables you to benefit from our more flexible pricing structure.

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Handel’s Messiah at Halifax Minster

This Sunday 14th April at Halifax Minster, the Merry Opera Company bring you their dramatisation of Handel’s Messiah.

It starts 1t 19.00 and tickets priced at £10.54 are available from

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Welcome to our new website

Welcome to our new website! Fresh for 2019 our new site showcases Dyer’s Cottage and tells you about some of the great events and activities around Halifax, Calderdale and The Yorkshire Dales.

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