Todmorden, West Yorkshire
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Set within a quiet rural hamlet in the East Lancashire countryside, YHA Mankinholes is a former 16th century manor house perfect for walks in the nearby Pennine moorland. The Pennine Way and Calderdale Way are close by and you’ll find an abundance of other trails to explore. The hostel enjoys excellent views and boasts a cosy lounge with a log burning stove, making it a favourite for those looking for a peaceful spot to relax after a long day on two feet.
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Discover West Yorkshire
Everybody knows that Yorkshire has some special landscapes. The Dales and the Moors first spring to mind, but what about West Yorkshire? That’s Leeds and Bradford isn’t it? Back-to-back houses and blackened mills… Certainly if you had stood on any of the hills surrounding Hebden Bridge a hundred years ago, and gazed down into the valley, all you would have seen was the pall of smoke issuing from the chimneys of 33 textile mills. But thankfully, life changes very quickly in West Yorkshire. The textile trade went into terminal decline, the mills shut down forever and in a single generation Hebden Bridge became a place that people want to visit.
The surrounding countryside offers walking every bit as good as the more celebrated Yorkshire Dales; within minutes you can be tramping across the moors. And this close proximity of town and country is repeated all across West Yorkshire. There’s such diversity in the area that you can find yourself in quite unfamiliar surroundings, even close to places you may know very well. Take time to explore this rich county and you will be thrilled at what you find to shatter old myths and preconceptions.
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