The Area

Hebden Bridge is a wonderful centre for walking with its river and canal, steep wooded valleys, tumbling streams and wide open moors.

There are a multitude of footpaths and tracks which give a wide variety of routes for all levels of walking.   There are gentle walks along the valley bottoms and through the woods.   If you want to see the views but not climb bigger hills, you can start walking from one of the local historic villages which are ‘on the tops’, such as Heptonstall.    For those seeking a more strenuous walk, there are hills to climb and long distance paths to follow.

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The scenery is really varied.  The valleys are wooded and famous for spring bluebells.  Once out of the valleys, paths take you through fields lined by stone walls and by old upland farmsteads, with meadow flowers and curlews calling in the early summer.   The rolling moorlands give long distance views.

The long distance paths of the Pennine Way and Calderdale Way run close by, the former can be followed to Haworth in a day outing passing Top Withens, the Bronte Falls and the Parsonage.

4-walkers-w-bridge The area has a fascinating social history being at the heart of the early industrial revolution.  There are old water powered textile mills nearly lost now in the wooded valleys.  There are ancient stone clapper bridges and many old packhorse paved paths.

Hebden Bridge has become famous for being a relaxed and creative place.   It has been voted the winner of the Small Market Town category of the ‘Great British High Street’ awards (2016) and has been described as the fourth funkiest town in the world!   On a sunny day the town is busy with buskers, shoppers and those just taking in its cheerful vibe.  There are cafes, pubs and craft shops galore. There are many B&Bs and also an independent hostel (see useful links).