Why go there?
The picturesque town of Hebden Bridge is perched on the sides of the Upper Calder Valley in the Yorkshire Pennines. It’s named after the old packhorse bridge that crosses the Calder, and which dates back to 1510.
The area itself has a rich history linked to the medieval textile industry, which is reflected by trails in both the town and nearby village, Heptonstall. Walkers will find plenty of trails – including the 50-mile Calderdale Way that encircles the entire Calder valley – while a growing number of bridleways offer cyclists and horse riders the chance to soak up the splendour of the Pennines too. Also consider a trip to the Harcastle Crags, a wooded valley described as “Little Switzerland” and administered by the National Trust.
Where to stay
If you’re looking for a traditional Pennine B&B guest house, then Angeldale ticks all the right boxes. It’s an old Victorian house and garden, and is situated just two minutes’ walk from the centre of town. Prices are reasonable, starting from £28 per night per person for double occupancy, and include full English or Vegetarian breakfast.
Where to eat
The Shoulder of Mutton can be found in the heart of town, and offers home cooked meals (including speciality Sunday roasts served inside giant Yorkshire puddings) from midday to 7pm during the weekend. Children are welcome, with disabled and baby changing facilities on-site.
Until the 19th century, Hebden Bridge existed solely as the bridge that crossed the Calder, while the bulk of the local population lived up on the hillside in Heptonstall. It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution in the early 19th Century that people began to settle on the steep slopes of the valley itself.