Attractions in Calderdale
Hebden Bridge is nestled in center of the Yorkshire Pennines and is at the confluence of the Calder and Hebden Rivers. The fast running waters and growth of local transportation links by road, canal, and rail gave birth to a bustling textile town. This industry declined after the 2nd world war and presented an opportunity for Hebden Bridge to reinvent itself whilst retaining its heritage as a truly Yorkshire community, but with the benefit of the architecture and infrastructure that this booming era bought to the town.
Today Hebden Bridge has many attractions, from the abundance of coffee and tea shops to the many unique clothing, thrift, specialty and antique shops and many busy pubs and restaurants. Two private butchers, two private grocery shops, 3 bakeries, and art galleries plus many other privately operated business establishments catering to every taste.
Just venture a short distance and the roads will lead to through wooded valleys to moorlands of Bronte Country and James Hertiot.
The local award winning railway station is an important link in the community and allows travelers easy access to the major hubs of Leeds and Manchester. The main road allows access to the M62 motorway and to the rest of the motorway system and beyond by car, and if a more leisurely form of transportation is more your style, you can take a Longboat on the Rochdale Canal.
The many public footpaths and moorlands make the local area a centre for walkers and hikers
Further info and guides to the area
The National Trust website has detailed information about some of the regions attractions, including Hardcastle Crags - a beautiful wooded valley with its deep ravines, tumbling streams and glorious waterfalls.
Hebden Bridge has its Tourist Information Centre and Canal Centre (tel: 01422-843831). The Canal Centre tells the story of the Rochdale Canal with particular emphasis on the section which runs through Calderdale. There is a mix of textual displays, models and simple interactive features suitable for visitors and local people of all ages.
For details of coming events in the Hebden Bridge diary see the Hebden Bridge List.
Another good source of local information is the Heb Web website.