Explore Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge is a fascinating place, full of character and personality. It is quite unlike any other town in the Pennines – so why not make a day of your therapy session with me, and get to know Hebden Bridge a little better?

The town is a great place just to walk around, with interesting nooks and crannies at every turn. Today, it sits in the valley of the River Calder, but was originally mostly on the hilltops above the valley. In those days it was a farming community, but as the years rolled by and industry came to the valley, the town slowly migrated to the valley floor.

Having to accommodate pack horse trails, the canal, the railway and roads has given Hebden its own unique layout and geography, with twists and turns, alleys and snickets. Most of the buildings are of Pennine stone, giving the town a rugged, solid feel.

Retail Therapy!

This is a type of therapy that is easy to find in Hebden! There are loads of independent shops to explore, selling things you won’t find anywhere else. And there are a couple of bustling markets - the Flea Market is every Wednesday, and the Vegetable Market is on Thursdays.

If you just want to enjoy a walk, there is the canal towpath for an easy amble, or you can climb up to the ‘tops’ if you prefer something more vigorous. There are plenty of places to eat and drink when you need a break, from small cafes and traditional tea-rooms to wonderful ethnic restaurants. And if you want to make a pub the end-point of your walk, there are some lovely country pubs around here, too.

Creativity is in our blood

Hebden is a very creative community, with many different artists and craftspeople. There are galleries, workshops and shops selling fascinating things – the handmade spirit lives on in Hebden. Hebden Bridge also has its own cinema, theatre and working mens’ club – all well worth a visit. Hebden Bridge Trades Club is one of the premier small venues in the country, and plays host to entertainments of all sorts.

Heptonstall

Heptonstall is a lovely little village, just a half a mile from Hebden Bridge on foot. It’s quite a steep climb up the old paths worn smooth by clogs and boots, but you’ll be rewarded by wonderful views across the valleys and the tops. The village has an old ruined church next to the current church, plus the oldest Methodist chapel in the world – a fascinating octagonal building, with galleries and box pews.

Hepstonstall is also the final resting place of the poet Sylvia Plath, whose grave is a place of pilgrimage, marked by offerings of writings and ballpoint pens.