Around Calder Vale - In the footsteps of our ancestors


Calder Vale village
mill pond for Lappet Mill


Walk Overview:

Calder Vale is a relatively recent village, two Quaker brothers, Jonathon and Richard Jackson were looking for a suitable power source for a cotton mill.

The steep sided wooded valley of the River Calder was chosen and Lappet Mill was built in 1835. The mill is still working today. Many cottages for mill workers were built creating a ‘new village’ & community.

This walk around Calder Vale can provide an opportunity to engage with the pre-industrial period, the footpaths link many remote farms, our journey offers an insight into ‘lost memories’, the walk reminds us of a past when ‘Journeymen, Sellers, Traders and Clergy’ moved between the communities using the routes we use. These ‘rights of way’ were established by our ancestors and this walk is dedicated to them.



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Walk Details:
Start: Calder Vale village (PR3 1SP)
Distance 7.8km (5 miles)
Ascent: 170m
Grade: Easy
NB: grading is based upon normal conditions & can be subjective
Countryside Code for the public:
be safe - plan ahead & follow any signs
leave gates & property as you find them
protect plants & animals
take your litter home
keep dogs under close control
consider other people
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