Hebden Bridge Visitor
and Canal Centre
Hebden Bridge HX7 8AF
Tel: +44 (0)1422 843831
E-mail: Visitor and Canal Centre
Tourism Guide 2014
New March 2014: With sections on this year's Tour de France, visiting Hebden Bridge, eating, drinking and shopping independently, attractions, festivals, getting and staying here, and links to more information about our 'intriguingly, creative' town.
Go to this page to download the leaflet, and to find more links related to the topics covered in the leaflet.
The old packhorse bridge
Known as the
Pennine Centre, Hebden Bridge takes its name from the packhorse bridge
over Hebden Water. The town developed in late medieval times as a river-crossing
and meeting point of packhorse routes from Halifax to Heptonstall, Burnley and Rochdale.
Textiles have been important in the Upper Calder Valley for centuries, but it was not
until mechanisation and steam power were introduced from the late 18th century that
Hebden Bridge began to grow significantly.
The arrival of the canal and railway attracted industry to the valley bottoms, but
with limited flat land and a growing army of textile workers, dwellings were ingeniously
built on the valley sides, giving the town its characteristic
Hebden Bridge has seen great change in recent years. Traditional industries are no longer a major force, but buildings have been stone-cleaned and revitalised, the Rochdale Canal has been restored, and the locality has become a desirable place to live and visit. And a centre for creativity