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Welcome to Todmorden Moor

Todmorden Moor

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The latest news

Visitors will now find a new GEOLOGY and HERITAGE Trail to follow. (See Geology and Heritage Trail page) It is approximately a two mile circular walk, rough and steep in places, but full of information on the mining activities, the industrial archaeology, and the fossil remains to be found on the moor.

There have been dramatic changes on the moor since 2013. Visitors to Todmorden Moor will now find new roadways leading to five industrial-sized wind turbines. These are not community owned turbines.

A group called Todmorden Moor Restoration Trust joined many other people who battled for five years to try to prevent this peat moor from being taken for huge turbines. Our objections are given in brief on the Wind Power page.

A brief introduction to Todmorden Moor

  • The moor is Common Land, open to the public for "quiet recreation". From the east the moor starts at the junction between Sourhall Road and Tower Causeway, about two miles from Todmorden town centre.
  • On OS maps you will see that Flower Scar Road crosses the moor east – west. This track over the Pennines has its summit at 435m and was an ancient highway in use since the Bronze Age; perhaps even earlier.
  • Along with its close neighbour, Lower Moor to the N-E, there are 720 acres of peat and upland grass moorland. The moor is grazed at certain times of year by the Commoners' sheep, and occasionally cattle. Take care if you are walking with your dog.
  • Coal seams outcropped in a narrow strip across the moor and for generations this "easy" coal was taken by the farmers. From the early nineteenth century, underground drift mining started in earnest and lasted until the 1960s.  Scientifically important coal balls and fossils can be found in the coal wastes. (Geology and Heritage Trail pages)

There is a lot to see and wonderful views to enjoy.

You are very welcome