Welcome to Discover Mytholmroyd
the independent resident and tourist information guide for Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale
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Mytholmroyd is a small town within the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, in West Yorkshire, England. It lies 1.5 miles east of Hebden Bridge and 6.7 miles west of Halifax in the beautiful Upper Calder Valley. The name Mytholmroyd means “clearing where rivers meet” and the village is at the confluence of the Elphin Brook, which flows through Cragg Vale, and the River Calder. The Rochdale Canal also flows through the town and allows for pleasant walks along the tow path.
Mytholmroyd is famous as the birthplace of the late poet laureate, Ted Hughes. His first wife , Sylvia Plath is buried in nearby Heptonstall. During the late 18th century Cragg Vale was notorious as the home of a gang of counterfeiters known as the Cragg Coiners. They were led by David Hartley, known locally as King David. The gang was finally caught and Hartley was hanged at York Tyburn. The area abounds in footpaths and bridleways giving access to the beautiful moors and valleys of the South Pennines. It is not for nothing that Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale are becoming known as “the Pennine Adventure Centre”.