Surrounded by breathtaking countryside, Hebden Bridge has been voted as the "fourth funkiest town in the world" best small market town in the UK and "the greatest town in Europe". Set atop the hillside, hundreds of feet above Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall is one of the most historic villages in Yorkshire, beguiling the visitor with its quiet charm.
If the winding streets of Hebden Bridge look familiar, it’s because this quirky and charismatic town has caught the eye of many a TV and film director, propelling its star status. And rightly so – it’s not hard to note its appeal. Located in the Upper Calder Valley, Hebden Bridge is renowned for its creative culture, fascinating history and loyal locals who have played an instrumental part in its rise. From the picturesque Rochdale Canal, which weaves through the town, to arty shops and cafes, there’s no shortage of things to do here.
Set atop the hillside, hundreds of feet above Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall is one of the Pennines’ most historic villages. This ancient weavers village offers a great starting point if you’re keen to uncover a stunning corner of Yorkshire.
Wander Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall’s traditional streets and you’ll immediately understand why there’s so much historic pride. Take in Heptonstall Museum, visit the former cotton mill Gibson Mill in the middle of Hardcastle Crags or pop along to the Little Theatre. Plus, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival takes place every summer as the whole town comes alive with colour and creativity.
Hardcastle Crags’ 400 acres of deep rocky ravines, tumbling streams and oak, beech and pine woods draw families from all over, year round. And whether it’s a quick visit to feed the ducks, a meandering walk along the picturesque canal or taking in a film in the Art Deco surroundings of Hebden Bridge Picture House, there’s plenty to keep the children entertained.
Retail therapy needs are well and truly met in this thriving hub of independent shops. Hebden Bridge’s long history of artists, writers and creatives seeps out of the stonework of its quirky buildings and can be felt in every artisan shop you venture in. For one-off, unique finds to leave you with lasting memories of your trip, head into the beating heart of Hebden Bridge.
Its hills may be steep but in Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall, you’ve got some the UK’s most beautiful countryside at your feet. From the canalside to the rolling greenery of Hardcastle Crags, visitors can lose themselves in the area’s local beauty. Map out well-worn local routes with the Walkers Are Welcome trails that offer unrivalled views along the way.
From charming little cottages available for rent to quaint B&B and hotels, outdoor enthusiasts and indulgent shoppers have a large choice of places to rest after a day of fresh air.