Hebden Bridge Travel Guide

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Hebden Bridge Highlights

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     A Feel Good Pennine Town with so much to see and do! 

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     It can get very busy especially during the holidays! Prone to floods! 

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     A town that is still thriving after the industrial past! 

Hebden Bridge Things to Do

  • THE WHITE LION HOTEL

    This is the oldest hotel in Hebden Bridge. The date on a stone over the door says 1657. Franz Liszt, the Hungarian composer stayed here in 1840. Most of the building has been renovated over the years but some of the rear windows are believed to be original.I didn’t have anything to eat when I visited but the food menu looked very good. The menu has...

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  • ST GEORGE'S BRIDGE

    The bridge was built in cast iron in 1892. It was designed by J.Sutcliffe who was a local architect and it was built by a Manchester firm. It is one of a few bridges over the river.

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  • THE OLD PACKHORSE BRIDGE

    This bridge dates back to 1510. There was a wooden bridge that crossed the river here a lot earlier. This stone bridge was built as a packhorse route between Lancashire and Yorkshire to transport stuff such as coal and wool. There are four alcoves on the bridge that allowed people crossing the bridge to stand back to let the horses pass. The third...

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  • BRIDGE GATE

    Recently paved in 2007 to make a pedestrian precinct. Bridge gate was originally the boundary between Heptonstall and Wadsworth. A couple of plaques on the walls of shops mark where the boundary was.

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  • THE LITTLE THEATRE

    The little theatre is an amateur company run by volunteers. It hosts five productions a year and the theatre is also used by local groups.The Christmas production this year is to be “A Christmas carol” from December 3-8

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  • THE PICTURE HOUSE

    The picture house seats 493 people. As well as films it hosts concerts and other live events.The picture house was first opened in 1921. The local council bought the building in the late 60’s when it was in danger of being turned into a retail shop. In 1973 it was refurbished and half of the seats were removed.

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  • Little Valley Brewery

    Well, 09:00 may be a little early to hit a brewery, but this one is worth a visit at any time of the day!!With great views over the Calder Valley and the town of Hebden Bridge, the Little Valley Brewery sits surrounded by beautiful moorland. Operated by a husband and wife team, they brew a wide selection of beers which are brewed with organic...

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  • Nostalgic Hebden Bridge Station

    I loved the nostalgic station when I travelled by train to and from Hebden Bridge.Hebden Bridge Station was built by Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in 1893 including engineering by George Stephenson. The Leeds-Manchester Railway line opened in 1840 and the present station replaced the original first station. The Station is Grade II listed and it...

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  • Widdop Reservoir

    Widdop Reservoir is situated between Hebden Bridge and Colne in Lancashire. I walked half way round the reservoir (couldn't continue because the path and terrain were boggy) and took me approximately 1.5 hours. It was nice walking on a glorious day and the scenery around the reservoir is stunning.Yorkshire Water advertises this as a Widdop and...

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Hebden Bridge Restaurants

  • Old Town Stopover!

    I'm not really a pub fan but I do enjoy having a drink. Usually it is because of the busy crowds these places attract and thus puts me off going to them. However the Hare & Hounds pub was a perfect place for me to have a drink whilst waiting for the bus back to Hebden Bridge. The pub is welcoming and family friendly (even had toys and books for the...

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  • Vegetarian & Organic Galore!

    I stopped by to have lunch there after I did the walk around Widdop Reservoir. I passed it on a past visit to Hebden Bridge and said to myself that I'll check it out on a return visit so here I was! The cafe was busy when I entered but found a spare table in the corner. Despite the table not being stable there was a nice ambiance in the cafe along...

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  • Cheap Coffee!

    I stopped at this lovely Coffee Shop (in the nostalgic railway station complex) for a coffee whist waiting for my bus to explore the Old Town village. I ordered a large Americano. It was probably one of the cheapest I ever purchased! A large Americano was only 1.20 gbp! You usually pay 1.80 gbp and above for a coffee at many establishments...

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  • Fish, Chips, Mushy Peas!

    I wanted to try this fish and chips restaurant after reading the tips from VTers who attended Ricky's VT Fish, Chips & Mushy Peas Meet in 2008 and had their Saturday lunch there. I wasn't a VTer then but had attended a similar meet in 2012. Being on a high from that meet, I wanted to have fish and chips there.I was expecting the restaurant to be...

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  • Traditional English Pub

    The Shoulder of Mutton is a traditional English pub. It was a good place to shelter from the rain! Located in the centre of the town, I was surprised to find that this place had been a recent victim of the recession/ demise in public using pubs (often attrubuted to the smoking ban/cheap alcohol sold by supermarkets etc) and closed in February. It...

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  • Fish Chips and Mushy Peas

    AJ's is a large modern restaurant specialising in fish and chips. An extensive menu with a specials board.I'm afraid that the staff weren't too charismatic, not exactly over helpful!It was also quite hot, we were seated in the window, and the sun had made one of its first appearances of the weekend!! These niggles aside, my food was hot and quite...

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Hebden Bridge Transportation

  • Caldervale Line

    You travel to Hebden Bridge on the Caldervale Line by Northern Rail. Regular services run from Leeds/York to Manchester Victoria/Blackpool North and vice versa.I chose to travel by train instead of bus because of the bus connections that took me up in the Pennine Moorlands and also to save considerable amount of time. It took me approximately 40...

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  • Travelling around Hebden Bridge!

    Hebden Bridge is blessed with an excellent public transport infrastructure with regular buses around the town's district including the Pennine villages up in the hills such as Heptonstall and the Old Town. Even for the 'off beaten tracks', where one considers no one can get to without a car, there are seasonal bus services such as the 906 bus up to...

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  • Rode through the Pennine Moorland!

    I caught the 500 bus from Keighley Bus Station to the outskirts of Hebden Bridge where the road to Hardcastle Craggs is. I had a twenty minutes connection at Keighley bus station from arriving by another bus from Leeds. The bus runs every hour (usually five minutes past the hour) and please check their website for further information on their bus...

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Hebden Bridge Shopping

  • Outdoor gear and more besides

    Alyson needed to purchase a new tent, as she had spent the previous night in a rain sodden sleeping bag! We had asked directions for an outdoor/camping shop and had been pointed to Crown Street, which had 2 outdoor shops (MountainWild and Valet Stores), but neither sold tents. (she purchased one later from Tesco in Sowerby Bridge for less than...

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  • For the sweet tooth in you!

    This lovely little sweet shop had all sorts of sweets available by weight, and also others sold individually, and also a small selection of canned and bottled drinks. There was a great selection of everything sweet in here, although we only only bought a couple of cokes. I regretted not buying any of their home made fudge. They make it in the shop...

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  • Gift and home products

    This little shop is situated in centre of Hebden, just by the canal on St Georges Square. It used to be an old corn mill which was later turned into a shop and a cafe. The shop sells gift and home products, scented candles, wraps, books, cards.. a lots of nice stuff! I recommed a visit. You can even see an old mill wheel inside the cafe. Wool fat...

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Hebden Bridge Warnings and Dangers

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    by suvanki Updated Jul 12, 2011

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    The end of June, and Hebden Bridge was experiencing typical Summer Weather, Never-ending rain - well it did stop eventually.
    So, come prepared for all weathers and bring a waterproof jacket or a brolly (umbrella).
    One shop in the square was selling plastic rain hoods -3 for £1.10p (pic 4)- I looked closely for a pre-decimal price, as I didn't realise that these were still being produced, I couldn't remember seeing anyone wearing these since my child hood, when women like my mother wore these to protect their weekly 'shampoo and set' or perms.

    Hebden Bridge appears to have a higher than average proportion of home made woolly jumper wearers - There is a keen knitting following here, with 'Knit and natter' / Stitch and ***, knitting groups that gather in different venues around the town - there were even hand knitted bunting (pic 5) and decorations around the town - blowing forlornly in the rain. Yes, there was a faint air of damp wool in the air!

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Hebden Bridge What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: If coming here as a day visit-a daysac for your camera etc.

    It's quite a photogenic town!
    If you're intending on shopping be prepared! From Sept 1st 2007, Hebden Bridge became the 2nd town in the UK to become carrier bag free.

    This doesn't mean that there are 'border patrols' turning away visitors toting 'evil' plastic carrier bags, just that most shops won't offer new carrier bags for your purchases.

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    Bring suitable bags, or purchase one of the organic cotton or corn starch carrier bags on sale in the many shops.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Come prepared for all weathers. This usually means rain and cold though!
    Walking shoes/ fleeces and waterproofs are the usual attire here!
    It certainly rained here during our visit in June, though a few miles away, there was brilliant sunshine.
    There are a couple of Outdoor Clothing shops on Crown Street

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are pharmacies here in Hebden Bridge to stock up, but I'd recommend carrying your prescription/essential medications etc.

    Photo Equipment: As much as you can carry -It's a photogenic town!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We camped at RoughHeyWood Camping site in nearby Triangle. One of the gang needed a replacement tent - neither of the Outdoor shops sold tents, but we got one from Tesco in Sowerby Bridge £30, as well as a lightweight table £6 and a canvas chair -priced from £8-£12.
    We did see a sign for a camping store Springfield Camping at Luddendenfoot between Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge.

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Hebden Bridge Off The Beaten Path

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    We went as a group to have a tour of the brewery and an explanation of the way the beer is made and stored was given by Wim and Sue, the couple who own and run the business. It was fascinating to hear and then followed a tasting session, just a little one as it was before lunch time! We collected our pre-ordered pack of three chosen beers to take home. This was included in the price of £10 for the tour. All the beers were delicious but I think my favourite was the Ginger Pale Ale.

    If you would like to take the tour please phone first to make an appointment.

    It is right on the top of the moors so try to go on a clear day rather than a misty one to enjoy the moorland views.

    Opening Times: Monday to Friday : 0900 - 1700

    Address: Turkey Lodge Farm, New Road, Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. HX7 5TT

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Hebden Bridge Sports & Outdoors

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    by spidermiss Updated Oct 12, 2012

    Hebden Bridge and the surrounding environs offer an abundance of hiking opportunities such as in Hardcastle Craggs; the ascent to Stoodley Pike and villages and reservoirs high up in the moors. The information boards and tourist information centre are able to offer information about pursuing these walks.

    In September 2012 I've been walking in Hardcastle Craggs and also around Widdop Reservoir. One of my goals is to climb up to Stoodley Pike in the future.

    Equipment: You will need to wear typical walking attire such as good walking boots and warm and waterproof clothes. A walking stick, good map and for more isolated walks, an ordnance survey map, are always useful.

    Also don't forget sunglasses, sun cream and hat if walking in very sunny weather and also wear layers of clothes.

    Bring plenty of food, water and a first aid kit.

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Hebden Bridge Favorites

  • HEBDEN BRIDGE - 16TH CENTURY PACKHORSE...

    A PACKHORSE BRIDGE is a bridge intended to carry packhorses across a river or stream. Typically, a Packhorse Bridge consists of one or more masonry arches and were often built on the trade routes, often called Packhorse routes. The stone Hebden Bridge Packhorse Bridge was built in 1510 and crosses the River Hebden.I thought it was a very romantic...

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  • ROCHDALE CANAL

    The ROCHDALE CANAL runs for 32 miles, has 91 locks and over 100 bridges. It navigates over the beautiful Pennines from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge inWest Yorkshire. The Rochdale is a broad canal. Its bridges and locks are wide enough to allow vessels of 14ft width. Because of its width, it became the main highway of commerce between Lancashire and...

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  • HEBDEN BRIDGE MILL

    The steep, wet hills and access to major wool markets, meant that Hebden Bridge was ideal for water powered weaving mills. The mills and their chimneys enabled the town to prosper. Many of these mills still survive and have found new uses. One of the most prominent in the town, HEBDEN BRIDGE MILL, now houses a number of shops and craft outlets, as...

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