Hebden Bridge Visitor
and Canal Centre
Hebden Bridge HX7 8AF
Tel: +44 (0)1422 843831
E-mail: Visitor and Canal Centre
Tourism Guide 2019
New - March 2019: This year - in addition to the usual sections about places to go, things to see, eating, drinking, shopping independently, and getting and staying here - the Hebden Bridge guide takes a step forward into the digital age with the pdf version of the paper leaflet now featuring ‘live’ links to so much more online information about things to see and do in Hebden. So now it’s ‘download and click through’.
And instead of including a list of the town’s 2019 festivals and events (frozen at the date when the leaflet goes to print) there’s now a constantly updated separate and downloadable pdf, with more links to our several What’s-on sites in the main guide.
Go to this page to download the leaflet, and the Festival & Events list. You’ll also 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
- Accessible Venues guide - a brief guide to which venues for hire, might be suitable for community groups, classes, meetings, events or activities, to be accessible to disabled people. From the Disability Access Forum
- Step Free Access Map for wheelchair users to Shops, Cafes and Pubs of Hebden Bridge