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The Destination of the month? Hebden Bridge!

Wander the creative, bohemian streets of Hebden Bridge, and you can feel the influence of the writers and artists who flocked to the village around the 70s and 80s. From artisan shops and inspiring galleries to organic pavement cafés and charming picture houses, the village is justifiably proud of its artistic identity. And just a few moments away - pretty wooded valleys and picturesque heather moorland aplenty.

 

Accommodation

There's lots of cosy accommodation in and around Hebden Bridge. Here's a few highlights:

The White Lion Hotel is a traditional coaching inn, with exposed timber and masonry, an abundance of comfortable corners to hide in, and always a warm and friendly atmosphere. The inn has always been well known for fine, yet informal and relaxed country ‘pub' dining, and its extensive choice of wines and real cask ales.

Crown Inn has a big reputation for amazing accommodation in fabulous four-star surroundings. This boutique style B&B and bar has eight en-suite guest rooms to choose from, each one with individual character and style. Located in the heart of the town, Crown Inn brings a quirky contemporary touch to the local, native elegant Victorian stone buildings.

Chalet at Cairnacre - Set in a woodland garden in the magnificent Hardcastle Crags valley, this comfortable chalet, acessed by steps, sleeps 2 and is in a popular walking area with woodland, canal and riverside walks at Hardcastle Craggs and Hebden Bridge.

The Robin Hood Inn - Experience a warm and friendly atmosphere at the Robin Hood Inn. Set in stunning countryside, in the small hill top village of Pecket Well.

Cragg Cottages - Set in Cragg Vale, an area of outstanding natural beauty near Hebden Bridge, these old stone buildings which previously housed tractors and forestry equipment, have been transformed into three quality holiday cottages. The elevated position in a steep-sided wooded valley affords the cottages with fabulous moor and woodland views.

Food and Drink

Fancy something to eat and drink in Hebden Bridge - well there's a couple of great choices, including:

The Old Gate -  Here, they embrace the uniqueness of this market town in the valley. They are looking forward to settling in amongst the crafts, markets, cafes and pubs, to become part of daily life here in Hebden. The use of local and seasonal produce is a theme that runs through the Old Gate menu but they have also tried to incorporate it in the renovation of the building, using local suppliers and independent stores wherever possible, even down to the fabric for the curtains and upholstery.

Hebden Bridge Mill has been situated at the heart of Hebden Bridge, in the beautiful Calder Valley, for almost 700 years. Rescued in the 1970s, it has been gradually converted to its present uses. The giant waterwheel now on show in the café, was restored in traditional cast iron and oak in the year 2000. The attractive riverside café has a wide range of tempting treats, including speciality teas and coffees, locally brewed beers and ciders, and food choices from delicate nibbles to traditional café classics.

Hinchcliffe Arms - Here, they aim to run a country pub where everyone feels comfortable whether it be to eat some of the home-cooked dishes or to sit in the bar & drink from the ever-changing beer line-up. They believe that the pub should be the heart of the community and strive to make this so. The desire is to offer the best quality food at affordable prices, made with the freshest possible ingredients, sourced locally, prepared & cooked to their own recipes.

The Stubbing Wharf offers a hearty welcome all year round. You can warm up by our roaring fire in winter and sun yourself on the towpath in summer - one of the best places in the valley to catch some fresh air and sunshine while sampling some traditional ales and quality food.

The Dusty Miller and Coiners Carvery is in nearby Mytholmroyd. Their ethos when it comes to food is simple; great choice, great value and exceptional quality. These combined make them one of the best places to eat around.

Places to visit

Hebden Bridge is packed full of fun-filled delights, and here are some of the highlights:

Little Valley Brewery sits high on the Pennine moorland of Cragg Vale near to Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. They brew an inspiring range of beers, naturally refreshing and full of good taste. All of the beers are brewed with 100% organic agricultural ingredients. They carefully select only the best, tastiest organic hops and malts, all brewed with soft Yorkshire water sourced from high in the Pennines.

Hebden Bridge Mill was built long before the town existed. Back in the 13th century almost everyone lived on the hilltops.After almost 700 years, Hebden Bridge Mill still stands proud at the centre of the town to which it has given its name.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall - Hebden Bridge is the first community-owned Town Hall in the north of England and is a symbol of what a community can do when it pulls together with a common ambition and vision. Grade 2 listed and dating from 1897, the original Town Hall is a Victorian building with a rich history. The building has had many functions over the years and once was used as the local fire station and to house the council offices.

Walk Cycle Ride South Pennines - Want to go walking, cycling, mountain biking or horse riding in the South Pennines? You've come to the right place with Walk Cycle Ride South Pennines! They have lots of routes for all ages and abilities, from a quiet stroll along the canal towpath, to a bike ride that will test your endurance and provide a few white knuckle moments.

Shopping

Thanks to its overwhelming population of artists, writers and other fascinating people, Hebden Bridge's vibrant streets are overflowing with independent book and craft shops and inspiring galleries - including:

The Calder Gallery is Hebden Bridge's premier art gallery covering all aspects of contemporary art from sketches to sculpture, paintings to prints. Featured artists are mainly from the North with growing numbers of talented local artists. All visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome with professional support and advice from the owners Sue Allinson and Phil Withersby.

If you love contemporary jewellery and craft made by small UK based independent artists/makers, visit Heart Gallery to peruse bespoke jewellery pieces, ceramics, paintings, glass, photography, print, textiles and stationery - the perfect place to pick up a present for you or a loved one.

The Book Case are an independent bookshop selling a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles, children's books, unusual literary gifts and gorgeous stationery. They have been serving the local community for nearly 30 years, and also stock a comprehensive collection of local history titles for the area.

Element Jewellery blends the aesthetic of a contemporary jewellery gallery with the customer focus of a boutique with great personal service. An oasis of civilised calm and tranquillity, Element Contemporary Jewellery plays relaxing ambient music and scents the store with uplifting fragrances. They're proud that their fresh and innovative approach to shopping for jewellery has already made an impression amongst contemporary jewellery aficionados across the UK.

Other great independents in Hebden Bridge include The Snug Gallery, which is a leading contemporary craft gallery in the north of England. Showcasing contemporary craft and design by some of the most prominent designer-makers from the UK and Ireland alongside a selection of photography and lovely things.

There is also Rubyshoeday which has built a reputation for delivering a unique and inspiring footwear range and also Element Jewellery which blends the aesthetic of a contemporary jewellery gallery with the customer focus of a boutique with great personal service.

Into the world of sport now, Blazing Saddles are an independent bike shop in Hebden Bridge. Deep in the heart of the Pennines, they've got world class riding on the doorstep and support a busy community of cyclists of all sorts, from hardened downhill heroes and top class triathletes to everyday commuters and towpath pootlers.

Nearby...

Just outside of Hebden Bridge are some amazing things to see and do. Two highlights are:

Hardcastle Crags - A beautiful wooded valley with 19th-century Gibson Mill at its heart. As well as being the home of the northern hairy wood ant, there are tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and stacks of millstone grit, all crisscrossed by more than 15 miles (24km) of footpaths. At its heart is Gibson Mill, a family-oriented visitor centre, telling the history of the valley over the past 200 years, with interactive displays, dressing up, dancing and exhibitions. Having no link to the national grid, the mill is unique in the UK and is the Trust's flagship sustainable building.

The Real Cider Company is a specialist wholesaler of hand-crafted farmhouse cider and perry. The company launched in 2010 and their aim is to make farmhouse ciders and perries as popular as real ale. They stock a regular selection of artisan ciders and perries from more than 50 British suppliers and wholesale them to food and drink festivals, pubs, wine bars, restaurants and retailers. They also take their trade stand to a wide range of shows and festivals and offer 'tasting-challenge' packages to small groups, including stag and hen parties

The ancient village of Heptonstall sits on top of a steep hill on the north side of the Calder Valley, overlooking Hebden Bridge. In the centre of this charming villlage lies Heptonstall Museum, situated in the Old Grammar School Building. If you take a visit to the Museum, you will discover the interior of a weaver's cottage and displays of other local industries such as clogmaking. The museum also illustrates the domestic life of the villagers, with objects such as lump head irons and havercake boards alongside photgraphs of the local football team at the turn of the century and visits made to the local leisure site - Hardcastle Craggs.

SMJ Falconry are a family-run business, based in Oxenhope near the Bronte village of Haworth in West Yorkshire. They offer the opportunity to learn about falconry and to have first-hand experience of handling and flying birds of prey. They own over 50 different birds of prey ranging from the smallest owls through hawks and falcons to a large eagle.

Main Event

Hebden Bridge is absolutely packed full of culture and this is represented in two of their main events:

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival - each year around June/July time

Quirky and distinctive, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is an annual celebration of our town's creativity and unique landscape. We pride ourselves in bringing together locals and visitors alike to enjoy a feast of creativity in magical places and spaces. Now in its 21st year, it's one of Yorkshire's longest running arts festivals with a reputation for delivering big names in a local setting.

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade - each year around June

The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is an annual celebration of funkiness, the art of the handmade and is just sheer fun! The magic happens in three weeks of workshops, open to anyone who wants to make costumes, carryable art or help create giant puppets. With an ace team of local professional carnival artists, volunteers, guest artists (sometimes from around the world!) and some killer street bands, we create just the occasion for up to 1000 people to dance down the streets of Hebden Bridge, watched by thousands. Seriously, you don't want to miss this.