Hebden Bridge enjoys a national reputation as a liberal, artistic and creative community with a cosmopolitan atmosphere more akin to larger towns. Hebden Bridge offers a variety of facilities which include specialist shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs.
In 2005, Hebden Bridge was named the funkiest place to live in Europe by British Airways’ in-flight magazine, “High Life”. This is unsurprising to those who know the town as a fascinating and vibrant place.
Hebden Bridge was also recently voted the town with the least-cloned High Street in Britain by the New Economics Foundation, and the vast majority of the shops in the town are independently owned and run.
Taking its name from the packhorse bridge over Hebden Water, which was the scene of the famous battle of Heptonstall between the Roundheads and Cavaliers in 1643, the town remained a tiny settlement at the junction of packhorse routes until the Industrial Revolution when the town came into being in a form we recognise today.
Around Hebden Bridge
For boaters (typically, people holidaying on narrowboats), Hebden Bridge’s many shops and pubs make it a popular overnight or lunchtime stop, between Todmorden and Sowerby Bridge, on the Rochdale Canal – a through route across the Pennines.
The imposing surrounding countryside is perfectly suited to those who enjoy country pursuits. The nearby Hardcastle Crags is a beautiful wooded area that extends below the house and is managed by the National Trust. Hebden Bridge also has one of the few moorland golf courses left in the area. Hebden Bridge lies close to the Pennine Way and the well conserved region of Hardcastle Crags and is popular for outdoor pursuits such as walking, climbing and cycling.
Walkley’s Clog Mill was the only clog factory in the world and has moved from its original home at Fallingroyd, to a site on Midgley Road in Mytholmroyd.
The Arts Festival and The Fringe Arts Festival take place every year in the late spring, the traditional Pace Egg plays are an annual Easter event, and the midsummer Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is a vivid, non-commercial variation on the small town parade. Hebden Bridge attracts artists and admirers alike from many miles around.
Public Transport Connections
Hebden Bridge train station provides regular direct services to Leeds in 52 minutes and Manchester in 36 minutes (times provided by the National Rail website).