Fielden Trail

A long distance walk of 20 miles celebrating William Fielden of Todmorden, who used to walk the paths of this moorland route bordering the historic counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

Google Maps Open Source Maps

Statistics and Files
Start: Todmorden
Distance: 20 miles (32 km)
Grid Ref: SD936241
Climbing: 1,242 metres
Walk time: 8-10 hours
Days: 1

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Fielden Trail is an arduous walk of 20 miles in the Pennines bordering the historic counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire. It is centered in the historic mill town of Todmorden which has a history of being within one and then the other. At present Todmorden lies within the West Riding of Yorkshire. As for the Fielden Trail, it is named after William Fielden, yeoman farmer who grew up in the area. One of his descendents, 'Honest John' Fielden, was destined to make his name in parliament as a champion of the labouring classes, thus entering the name of Fielden into the annals of the nation's history. The walk itself heads out of Todmorden to the northern upper Calder Valley as far as Cornholme before heading back to the town and continuing south to explore the lower Calder Valley as far as Bottomley. The third and final spur of the walk heads to the moors east of Todmorden and climbing to Stoodley Pike before returning to finish in Todmorden. The walk has links with the Calderdale Way, Pennine Way and Pennine Bridleway.

Useful Links:
Fielden Trail, A walk through Todmorden's Past
Fielden Trail Website
Long Distance Walkers Association

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