Known as the ‘Pennine Centre’, Hebden Bridge, a picturesque former mill-town, takes its name from the packhorse bridge over Hebden Water. Now a vibrant creative community it’s a great place to explore with its double-decker houses, fascinating industrial heritage, an abundance of waterways, old mills and wooded valleys.
Spend some time in the town centre with its cafes and real ale pubs, independent shops, town square with buskers and soak up the bohemian atmosphere.
The Hebden Bridge Tourist Office & Canal Centre at Butlers Wharf is a good place to pick up local information and it has a good stock of maps and leaflets on local walks.
From the Tourist Office it’s a short walk along the canal to reach the Alternative Technology Centre. Here you can learn about renewable energy technologies, relax in the nature friendly gardens and experience working demonstrations.
Walk along the riverside footpath to reach Hardcastle Crags and Gibson Mill. A beautiful wooded valley with 19th-century Gibson Mill at its heart there are tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and stacks of millstone grit, all crisscrossed by more than 15 miles (24km) of footpaths. Gibson Mill, a family-oriented visitor centre, tells the history of the valley over the past 200 years, with interactive displays, dressing up, dancing and exhibitions. Visit the café and shop at Gibson Mill before heading back to Hebden Bridge.
There is so much to do around Hebden Bridge you might well want to stay for a few days. If you do we recommend Elmet Farmhouse, a beautiful 18th century farmhouse offering delux self-catering accommodation. It's got everything you could possibly need, a wood burning stove, wifi, they can provide packed lunches and pick you up from your walk. Mountain bikers can store and wash their bikes here, and equestrians can stable their horse and park their horse box. Perfect.