Hebden Bridge is located on the Yorkshire side of the Pennines on the A646, approximately 8 miles west of Halifax, and lives up to its enviable reputation as ‘The Town for Great Little Shops’.
Winner of the best small market town category in the 2016 Great British High Street awards.
The town won the Academy of Urbanism’s Great Town Award which named Hebden Bridge as the best town in Britain and Ireland.
An ever-growing number of tourists are drawn to Hebden Bridge to sample everything from organic cafés with a Bohemian atmosphere to old-fashioned local pubs with real ale. Delis, gift shops, local bakers, butchers, exotic foods - the town has it all, with over 150, mainly independent, shops as well as numerous cafes, bars, restaurants and pubs. It truly lives up to its cool, liberal, artistic and creative credentials.
But it’s not just the shopping, eating and drinking that the tourists come for; the area has a fascinating literary history. The American poet, Sylvia Plath is buried in the nearby village of Heptonstall and the poet laureate, Ted Hughes was born a couple of miles away in Mytholmroyd, whilst over the hill, in Haworth, the Bronte sisters wrote their famous novels.
Visitors to the town can take a relaxing boat ride along the Rochdale Canal or opt for something a little more energetic and take a walk through the beautiful National Trust owned wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags. Deep in the Crags the long disused Gibson Mill has now been brought back into use as a facility for visitors and for the local community. This ground breaking project has renovated the Mill as a model of sustainable development, being run with minimum impact on its environment.