The Pennine market town of Hebden Bridge lies on the banks of the River Calder and Hebden Water, in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. The town became a magnet for artists during the seventies and eighties and has been famous for its bohemian atmosphere ever since. Stroll into the town centre from your holiday cottage in Hebden Bridge and you will discover a variety of galleries and shops, and rows of cafes and restaurants, where eating outside on the pavements and canal banks is customary. Hebden Bridge Picture House is an independent arthouse cinema, while Trades has been one of the country’s best small music venues for decades.
The Fox and Goose is a community-run pub with a bar stocked with an ever-changing range of local ales, while Vocation Brewery has a popular bar on New Road which serves excellent Mexican food. A wander around Hebden Bridge Antiques Centre is also highly recommended. Self-catering holidays in Hebden Bridge are popular among walkers, thanks to the region’s rugged and unspoiled countryside.
The Calderdale Way runs past the town on its 50-mile route through the region’s wooded valleys and high heather moors. For a gentler wander, follow the banks of Rochdale Canal east toward the pretty villages of Luddenden and Luddenden Foot, or west toward Todmorden, another typical Yorkshire town with a bustling market to explore. The ascent to the hilltop monument of Stoodley Pike is well worth the effort, with far-reaching views across Calderdale. The wooded valley and 19th-century mill of Hardcastle Crags are not to be missed, a short drive from holiday cottages in Hebden Bridge.
The town is a popular stop among narrowboaters on the canal, which runs through the town before entering the Pennines. Hebden Bridge has a station on the Calder Valley Line between Manchester and Leeds, both of which can be reached in less than an hour.