Flowing from our stunning Pennine landscape, the river Calder provides inspiration and passion for the town’s artists and craftspeople.

The Calder drove the looms of the mills and water transported goods on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Today you can enjoy both at a more leisurely pace – stroll along the banks of the river or cruise along the canal.

Water turned the cogs of industry, not unlike the cogs of our famous water powered clock, which takes pride of place in the Town Hall.

Even Padiham’s humour is water-powered: in the 1840s Professor Unsinque boasted of his ability to walk on water! An easy feat for the extravagantly named duck!