The Hebden Bridge Loop

Adventure & Leisure, Walking : Hebden Bridge

The Hebden Bridge Loop
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action has created a waymarked route to Hebden Bridge and back to the Pennine Way via the ancient village of Heptonstall. A superb route to enjoy walking in Calderdale.
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From the Pike head north gently down towards a wall. Go through the gap stile and after 10 metres take the waymarked path through the wall on the left. Head down hill until you meet a wide track. Go straight across on to a path which follows the wall.

At the second stile turn right and follow the path until it comes out at the corner of a track. Go ahead on the track past the farm on your right.

After 1 km turn right onto the waymarked Hebden Bridge Loop heading down towards a stream


Cross the bridge and bear left at the finger post along the track above the stream.

The track runs at the top of a beech wood and after ¾ km you arrive at a gate, which takes you on to a cobbled road.

Head down hill (the cobbles become tarmac) until you reach the town in the bottom. Watch out for great views of Heptonstall ahead and Hebden Bridge on the way down.

At the junction at the bottom, turn left across the canal and immediately turn sharp right onto the towpath. Go left along the towpath NOT under the bridge!

After 300 metres, at the first lock gate, turn sharply left down on to a tarmac road (Holme Street). Pass the Trades Club and the post Office until you reach a cross roads at traffic lights

Go straight across (a bit to the left) passing a walkers information board in the car park on your left.

At the White Swan pub you have reached the 16th century bridge after which the town was named. Time to wander.


Cross the bridge and turn left along the street that follows the river (called Old Gate).

After 150 metres you reach the main road where you bear right past the front of the Old Gate pub.

Keep ahead, after 100m cross Hangingroyd Road. Shortly after the shops end and when the road bends to the right take a waymarked path called Stoney Lane going off and up to the right (locals call it the Cuckoo Steps).

At the top of the steps you turn right up the road (Heptonstall Road).

After 100 metres, cross the road and take a wide path on the left.

As the path climbs steadily upwards follow the waymarks, ignoring the small paths going off. There are some fine views from this path.

After about 700 metres you reach a grit-stone outcrop where the path bends to the right.

After 20 metres turn left up the steps (the rock face to your right is called Hell Hole rocks).

At the top go right, then straight ahead on a walled path.

The path heads through a housing estate, crossing an access road and you come to a finger post (and information point).

Bear left; go straight across the estate road heading towards the church. Shortly after, when you reach a junction, take the lane bearing right, following the churchyard railings.

Follow this lane around for 250 metres, passing Chantry House until you come out at a small park on your right and a junction of roads. This is the centre of Heptonstall with the post Office, café and pubs nearby.


Turn left up the cobbled main street through Heptonstall until you leave the village

After ½ km, at the end of a line of trees, watch out for an information board and a waymarked path through a gap-stile on your left.

Follow the causey-stone path diagonally across the field to another gap stile.

Follow the path alongside the wall exiting through the wall at a small copse of trees. Go right then immediately left down the tarmac road.

After 150 metres, where the road curves left, take the wide track going straight ahead and gently climb up to a junction of paths and a bench.

Go through the gap stile to the right of the bench and take the causey paved path ahead.

At the end of the field, pass behind the house, keeping ahead on a tarmac road for 50 metres then turn left on to a bridleway.

After 100 metres turn right along a path with the wall on your right.

After 200 metres the path becomes a causey paved field path with a wall on your right.

At the first waymark post keep ahead with the wall on your left. At the second waymark post do a kink to the left.

The causey stone path crosses the field diagonally, ending up at a small gate on the edge of some woods.

Go through the gate, straight ahead following the causey stone path alongside a wall.

After 200 metres you reach a waymark post and information board at the junction of the Pennine Way.

Here the loop ends and you turn right rejoining the Pennine Way.

If you want a break, turn left and sit awhile by the old packhorse bridge.

Or climb up the steps to the right on the far side of the stream, turn right along the track for 10 minutes and you will reach the New Delight pub – a Pennine Way institution…
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Short Description To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action has created a waymarked route to Hebden Bridge and back to the Pennine Way via the ancient village of Heptonstall. A superb route to enjoy walking in Calderdale.
Type Adventure & Leisure, Walking
Location Hebden Bridge
Address Hebden Bridge & Heptonstall
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The Hebden Bridge Loop

Hebden Bridge & Heptonstall


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