Border bookshop is located in West Yorskshire in the busy market town of Todmorden, we are one of two bookshops in the town. Todmorden is on the border between West Yorkshire and Lancashire; this border has moved several times, hence the name Border Bookshop and the variation of regional accents in the town. It’s a great place to visit, we have a fantastic big park, quirky pubs and lovely places to eat, the people are very friendly and events are diverse.
WALKS & SCENARY
From our front door we have a view of Stoodley Pike – near Mankinholes on the Pennine Way, we are about 30 mins walk away from the Pennine Way – Todmorden is well connected with regular trains and buses in both Leeds/York and Manchester direction.
WALKS & HISTORY
As well as the Penninne Way there are other walks nearby such as the Calderdale Way. We stock books on walking as well as the usual maps and books on local history and books by local authors and artists. We carry books by local mapmaker Christopher Goddard who offers a wide range of beautifully illustrated walking books that are a modern take on the wainwright books. He has a book on West Yorkshire Moor Walks and a Wood Walks book that includes Hardcastle Craggs as well as beautiful fold out maps, one of which is called the Coiners Walk which accompanies the Benjamin Myers novel The Gallows Pole based on the violent group of counterfeiters who operated in the narrow Valley of Cragg Vale near Mytholmroyd.
The wide valley Todmorden nestles in has amazing vistas on all sides, the picturesque Bridestones sit on the opposite hill to Stoodley Pike near Blackshaw Head, Slack and Heptonstall where we have the literary connection to Sylvia Plaith and Ted Hughes as well as all the historical connections such as the Battle of Peterloo. The Bridestones is a high natural landmark of impressive gritstones where there are far reaching and incredible 360 views.
Post industrial Todmorden has a rich history and many local authors such as Yorkshire’s answer to Don Quixote William Holt, who was a writer and a painter and had a famously close relationship with his faithful steed Trigger. Roger Birch compiled a wealth of photographic and historical documentation about the area and his books continues to be popular. Our local history section is wide ranging and informative and covers both Lancashire and West Yorkshire. We have many contemporary writers living in the area such as Children’s authors Tom Palmer from Todmorden and Phil Earle from Hebden Bridge as well as Horatio Clare and Benjamine Myers. We also have UFO folklore, former police man Alan Godfrey has written a book about his experience of being abducted from Todmorden in 1980.
OTHER ARTS & EVENTS
There’s a busy artistic community, we have a plethora of musicians and artists. The fabulous Calder Valley Scribblers hold regular events throughout the year including Todmorden’s own Scribble Con, that boasts a huge array of zines, books, comics, art and other surprises. More illuatrators and artists move to the area by the hour!
There are so many historic pubs like the Golden Lion which hosts a diverse programme of events. Local brewers Tor beers have their own bar within a bar in a separate part of the massive Golden Lion pub where every day there there are various activities, entertainment and meet-ups such as the UFO meeting started by Colin Lyall from Lyall’s Bookshop.
FOOD & PUBS
If you want great food we have several cafes and restaurants like The Little bird café for breakfasts and lunches and Kava café for lunches and evening meals, Kava café also hosts events such as the Wednesday Writer meet-up. The Golden Lion also have a huge menu including Thai food.
MARKET & SHOPS
There is a permanent indoor market hall and different outdoor markets on most days of the week. Outside Wednesday is a food and flea market, Thursday and Friday has a flea market, Saturday is a traditional town market and Sunday is a second hand and flea market.
If you are looking for organic breads, baked goods and whole foods, we are fortunate to have Sakers bakery and we also have several great vegetarian (oil not beef dripping) chip shops.
For any further information about Todmorden like where to stay visit the TIC – Todmorden Information Centre who know everything about the town and surrounding area.
The Railway station is hopefully getting wheelchair access on both platforms, currently it only has wheelchair access on platform one through the car park. Theres an art gallery called Platform One on platform one!
Watch out for the Todmorden Book Festival during the month of November.
If you want to know more about walks visits The National Trails website