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Visiting the Old Trouser Factory | How to get here

Visiting the Old Trouser Factory | How to get here
We regularly welcome trade customers, journalists, suppliers, designers and even competition winners to the Old Trouser Factory. If you've received an invitation and are coming to visit us, here's all the information you need. ** IMPORTANT ** We're not a showroom and we don't have a trade or retail counter, so please don't visit unless you've received an invite. Consider taking advantage of our generous returns policy or get in touch about receiving samples.**

Location and opening hours

Old Trouser FactoryAddress: Old Trouser Factory, Greenhill Industrial Estate, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, HX7 5QF. Latitude: 53.72949 | Longitude: -1.97775. We operate between 08:30 and 17:00, Monday to Friday, except for UK bank holidays.

Getting here

Train: we're on the Calder Valley line between Leeds and Manchester Victoria. The nearest station is Mytholmroyd, a five minute walk away. Trains to Mytholmroyd from Leeds and Manchester are half-hourly during the week. It takes about 50 minutes from Leeds and 40 minutes from Manchester. It's a five minute walk from Mytholmroyd station. If you're on foot, use the pedestrian crossing in the centre of Mytholmroyd and head for the canal towpath. Once you've found it, we're just two minutes away (towards Halifax and Leeds). There's also Hebden Bridge station, which has an extra service every hour. If the weather is fine the canal towpath walk from Hebden is beautiful. It's a brisk 20 minutes or 30 minute leisurely stroll. Alternatively or if it's raining, taxis take 5 mins or one of us will be happy to collect you. Car: we're just off the A646. Coming from Hebden Bridge/Mytholmroyd, turn right in front of the Vale Upholstery sign as you come up the hill out of Mytholmroyd. From Halifax/Sowerby Bridge turn left after the White Lee Business Park sign as you start to drop down into Mytholmroyd. There's visitor parking right outside the building in front of the windows. Bike: we're 100 metres from National Cycle Route 66 and the bottom of the 'Côte de Cragg Vale', the longest continuous climb in England (295 metres or 968 feet) and on the route of the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France. Bring your bike inside and we've changing facilities.
Turn right coming from Hebden Bridge Turn right coming from Hebden Bridge
Turn left coming from Halifax or Sowerby Bridge Turn left coming from Halifax or Sowerby Bridge
Bus: we're on the 590/592 route between Halifax and Burnley/Rochdale via Hebden Bridge. Services are every 15 minutes at peak times and it's a 20 minute journey from Halifax and 7 minutes from Hebden Bridge. Get off at stop numbers 45019524 (coming from Halifax) and 45019523 (coming from Hebden Bridge). We're also on the extremely scenic but irregular 901 service from Huddersfield. It's a one minute walk from the bus stops. Barge: we're right on the Rochdale canal which opened in 1804 and crosses the Pennines (second highest canal summit in the UK) between Wakefield and Manchester. We're between locks 6 (Brearley Upper) and 7 (Broadbottom) just west of the Halifax Road bridge. You can moor up outside but overnight stays are not permitted.

When you get here

Entry: the door is signposted, access is up three steps. Please ring the bell and someone will come to meet you. You can read more about the history of Urban Cottage Industries and see a photo of the person you are meeting here. If you're bringing things with you, we have low level loading for cars or vans and high level for artics. We can help you unload if required. Basic safety: we make things at the Old Trouser Factory and various machines and processes will be running. It's a safe workplace and we've never had a serious accident. However, please take care and don't touch any machinery, production equipment or testing equipment unless you've been told it's okay to do so or are being supervised. Wi-fi: we have a guest network - please ask for the password when you get here. Food and drink: we have a kitchen, canteen area and all food and drink is supplied free of charge. Help yourself. Meat free and wheat free is always available for those who prefer - look for it. Let us know if you have any other dietary requirements and we'll do our best to accommodate. Money and shopping: there is a Sainsbury's local in Mytholmroyd which has a cashpoint.

Things to do while your here

If you've a spare hour or so: Hebden Bridge is small market town popularly clichéd as the alternative/hippy/LGBT capital of Britain. Like all the best clichés, there's an element of truth underlying it. Apart form the one small supermarket - the Co-op - there's an eclectic mix of entirely independent shops, bakeries, cafes, restaurants, pubs and galleries in the centre. It's easy to spend an hour pottering around or watching the world go by. If you've half-a-day or more to spare: Mytholmroyd was the birthplace of the poet Ted Hughes. The Cragg Vale Coiners counterfeited and the Brontë sisters wrote nearby. The scenery is spectacular - think Wuthering Heights. There's an extensive network of public footpaths and bridleways. Walking and mountain biking are popular, but bring a waterproof. Beyond the valley: Leeds, Bradford and Manchester are within easy travelling distance.

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