Hebden Bridge Sowerby Bridge

Geographically speaking, Calderdale is the Pennine valley of the River Calder - which passes through Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd then past the industrial West Yorkshire towns of Sowerby Bridge and Halifax and then on through Brighouse and Wakefield en route to its confluence with the River Aire near Castleford at the southern end of the Vale of York.

Politically speaking, Calderdale is also the name of the Metropolitan Borough which covers the local area.

Various locations in Calderdale served as the setting of the BBC's ironically titled "Happy Valley" - a critically acclaimed police crime drama series created by Sally Wainwright and starring Sarah Lancashire. The area has also been used in countless other TV series and films, including "Last Tango in Halifax" (which was also penned by Sally Wainwright) as well as "The Gallows Pole" (telling the story of the Cragg Vale coiners) amongst others.

The Calderdale area is also associated with the poets Ted Hughes (who was born in Mytholmroyd) and Sylvia Plath (who was buried in Heptonstall - a hilltop village overlooking Hebden Bridge).

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