THINGS TO SEE AND DO AROUND HEBDEN BRIDGE
The Pennine hills and valleys around Hebden Bridge (including Stoodley Pike, left) have long been popular with visitors, acting as a green lung for the inhabitants of nearby towns and cities. Walking is a popular activity, whether just strolling along a riverside path, or following the stone causeways (
causeys) that mark old packhorse routes.
Britain's first National Trail, the Pennine Way, passes close by, while the Calderdale Way, a 50-mile (80 km) circular route around the Calder Valley, skirts the town. A growing network of bridleways are making excellent mountain-biking and horse-riding routes, including the newly-opened Mary Towneley Loop part of the Pennine Bridleway.
Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall and the surrounding area tell the fascinating story of textiles from the middle ages; from rich clothiers' houses to hand-loom weavers' cottages; from remote and picturesque sites of early mills to the revolution in transport; from the co-operative movement to "double-decker" housing. Find out more by following a town or village trail; or looking at the Alice Longstaff Photographic Collection.
The individualism of its people is reflected in the variety of its shops; from antiques and second-hand books to hand made quality crafts; from cool fashion to alternative lifestyles.
Cragg Vale and Mytholmroyd
Coiners’ Country - famous for the gang of l8th century
coin counterfeiters, this delightful valley offers good walking in tranquil surroundings.
Mytholmroyd is the birthplace of the Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes (1930-98).
Hardcastle Crags - Britain's "Little Switzerland", this beautiful wooded valley is owned by The National Trust. Guided walks and other activities throughout the year. [01422 - 844518].
Heptonstall is an outstanding example of a Pennine hill village above Hebden Bridge. Visit the Grammar School Museum, the Methodist Octagonal Chapel, the old Priory, the "new" church, and the grave of Sylvia Plath.
HEBDEN BRIDGE WALKS
The Hebden Bridge Walkers Action website provides considerable information for walkers, including local walks.
Launched in September 2015 is the Hebden Bridge to Haworth Walking Guide. Hebden Bridge Walkers Action has produced a guide to walking between the two towns. Read HebWeb News item.
WITHIN AN HOUR'S DRIVE
See this HebWeb Feature on halls, houses and galleries less than an hour's drive from Hebden Bridge.