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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.

A visit to The People’s Park Halifax

As its name suggests, this is a park specially designed for all the people of Halifax to enjoy at a time when only the largest houses had gardens. Situated about a mile from the town centre on the A58 towards Burnley, this 12.5 acre park, opened in 1857, is a very special one. Designed by Joseph Paxton, originally a gardener at Chatsworth House, The People’s Park is one of several public parks and burial grounds he created. However, he is best known for his design of the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition in 1851.

The People’s Park was laid out in an area of open fields but is now surrounded by later 19th century housing. Sir Francis Crossley, a local carpet manufacturer of great fame, donated the park for the enjoyment of the people. It was designed to combine art and nature so that it could provide relaxation and pleasure after a hard days work. It was an area of quiet enjoyment where locals could stroll, meet, chat and enjoy music performed on the bandstand. His own home Belle Vue was just across the road.




It has several impressive entrances with stone gate piers and cast iron gates with curving paths leading from each, through impressive deciduous trees, many of which are now over 150 years old, to the more formal centre of the park. Here the main building is the Grade 11 listed Crossley Pavilion with an arcaded seating area and statue of Sir Francis Crossley made by Joseph Durham 1814-1877. His most famous commission is the Memorial to the Great Exhibition 1851 consisting of a fountain surmounted by a bronze statue of Prince Albert and four figures representing the corners of the world which stands in front of the Royal Albert Hall in London. The water feature within the pavilion walls has bowls shaped like scallop shells above which are heads of sea gods. Water was designed to flow from the heads into the shells and from there into pools.



On the adjoining terrace are 7 (formerly 8) marble statues of classical figures. Unfortunately Apollo arrived broken after his journey from Carrara, Italy and sadly a few of the others have sustained later minor injuries too.




Dominating the lawns is the bandstand constructed in 1882 of cast iron and timber with a zinc roof. It has hosted many bands and entertainers over the years. Close by is a 2om diameter pond. Originally blessed with a fountain designed by Paxton called ‘a nest of jets’, it now features a central statue which was moved from the winter garden of Somerleyton Hall in Suffolk in 1914 by the descendants of Frank Crossley.



Nearby is a most impressive sundial which was donated to the park in 1873. Originally created by John Smith 1807-1895 of Bielby near Pocklington East Yorkshire for a school in North Yorkshire in 1858, it is a splendid example of its type. Another piece of his work is the vertical sundial at Castle Howard near York.




The Serpentine Pools, 180m long with an island and crossed by 2 cast iron bridges, are very popular with the local bird life too. 3 marble urns feature at the entrance to one of the bridges and originally the water here was drinking water supplied from a reservoir nearby.



The Drinking Fountain, donated in 1859, is similar to another in nearby Savile Park but a clean water supply could not be restored to it in 1995 although the stonework has been repaired. 



Close by, on the North side of the park and screened by trees is the childrens playground whilst on the South side are examples of exotic trees and shrubs. The South West corner originally had glasshouses but now horse chestnut, beech and ash trees have colonised the area although some conifers were planted as part of the 1995 restoration.




Just a mile from Dyer’s Holiday Cottage, take a walk up Wakefield Gate and across Savile Park for a very interesting discovery and exploration of The People’s Park. The map is provided by Calderdale Council.


Wonderful to see episode 4 of ITVs “For the Love of Britain” featuring Yorkshire

Amazing to watch this programme highlighting why Yorkshire attracts so many visitors. Stunning scenery of moors, dales, coast and historic buildings as well as cycling challenges and literary connections.

Much of the programme was filmed within 30 miles of Dyer’s Holiday Cottage between Halifax and Sowerby Bridge. We saw Ben Fogle get on a bike from Happy Days Cycles near us and attempt to ascend a really challenging old packhorse route from Hebden Bridge to Heptonstall. The Buttress may be short but it’s certainly mighty and many a keen cyclist struggles to get up this cobbled route in one go. Read more about it at

We also saw Julia Bradbury walking the moors between Haworth, home of the famous Bronte family, and the ruins of Top Withens, reputedly the inspiration for Wuthering Heights, the most famous novel of Emily Bronte.

Further North is the limestone topography of the Yorkshire Dales National Park near Malham which makes a great day out. Or the delightful coastal resorts of Whitby, Scarborough and Robin Hoods Bay are just a 2 hour drive.

Thanks go to Phil Fearnley of for his amazing drone footage. A local from Sowerby Bridge, he also filmed our 360 degrees virtual tour and included more of his local work so that the beauty of Calderdale can be seen by all. If you are planning a Yorkshire holiday in 2021, please do get in touch.

Socially distanced filming of series 2 of ‘Gentleman Jack’ today in Halifax

We were so lucky to catch filming of ‘Gentleman Jack’ on Wakefield Gate so close to us this morning. Reassuring to see the crew wearing masks and we send our good wishes to everyone involved.

Beautiful walking country above Calderdale West Yorkshire

Inside Dyer’s Cottage Halifax we have lots of maps, guides, walking books and leaflets to help you explore our lovely scenery. How about visiting Warley Moor and its stunning reservoir?

New Government Guidance on COVID-19 Keyworkers who are able to stay at Dyer’s Cottage Halifax

Newsflash May 12th 2020.

Are you a keyworker working locally short term?

Halifax? Sowerby Bridge? Brighouse? Elland?

Do you need a very comfortable place to stay? 

Will your employer verify that you are essential?

Is your job on the list on the photo?


Please contact us for further

Come to Calderdale for a holiday after lockdown ends. Read all about it here!

With historic buildings, beautiful canals teeming with natural beauty, great bars, pubs and restaurants, all surrounded by heather covered moorland, no wonder the tv cameras love Calderdale. Dyer’s Cottage between Halifax and Sowerby Bridge is waiting for you. A perfect, private, safe and secluded retreat for a relaxing stay.

Read all about Gimbals, one of our favourite restaurants in Sowerby Bridge

We are so lucky to have such an amazing restaurant less than a mile from us. With an innovative menu, great atmosphere and locally sourced products, Simon and Janet Baker have a treat in store for you when they re-open. Read all about it in the Yorkshire Post Lifestyle article here.

Remembering the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust

A beautiful memorial in Halifax Minster.

Early Booking Offer valid until December 31 2019

Book your stay at Dyer’s Cottage Halifax Yorkshire through this website and receive 10% off. Prices on our online booking facility through Bookalet have already been adjusted. This offer applies to new bookings only. Don’t miss out! Our 2020 calendar is filling up fast. Offer valid until December 31 2019. Holiday in Halifax! Come to Calderdale!

Christmas Market at the Piece Hall this weekend

Don’t miss this spectacular event! All day Saturday November 30th and Sunday December 1st from 10.00 to 18.00.

FREE to enter the enormous courtyard of the Piece Hall which is buzzing with lots of stalls. Browse and buy from the locally produced crafts, artisan foods, cakes, cheeses and our locally produced Luddenden Valley country wines have a stall too. Enjoy hot chestnuts, listen and watch live musical entertainment and there’s carousel rides too! 

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