Nestled in the Calder Valley lies the pretty market town of Todmorden. Stepping out of the train station, you are greeted by the first of many ‘Incredible Edible Todmorden’ raised beds situated around the town. They’re looked after by members of the community and visitors and residents are encouraged to help themselves to fresh herbs, edible flowers and vegetables.
Continuing on, you’ll discover Todmorden is home to lots of quirky, independent cafes, bars and shops. First on my list is always Picture House Antiques, which houses three floors of vintage homewares, antiques and collectable pieces. Nooks and crannies reveal hidden treasures like retro fabrics, industrial lighting and vintage earthenware. It’s a great place to find something a little different.
Then head next door to The Old Co-Op Café-Bar, a thriving vegetarian cafe and grocery store. Housed in the original Todmorden Industrial Co-operative Society building, it’s beautifully decorated with modern rustic details, vintage scales and a chequerboard floor. Downstairs is a food lovers paradise, selling beers from local breweries, regional cheeses, organic wines, luscious chocolates and seasonal vegetables from its own polytunnel.
A few doors down is Sunlight Apothecary, where you can indulge in some all natural, vegan and cruelty free beauty products. After shopping, pop in to The Old Co-Op Café-Bar for coffee and cake or really treat yourself with a plate of sweet pancakes drizzled with local borage honey.
And if you need to do some more vintage shopping, combine your visit to Todmorden with a trip to the bustling weekly flea market, held every Thursday.
Images by Jen Chillingsworth