Hebden Bridge takes its name from a stone packhorse bridge over the river Hebden Water.
Hebden has a vibrant and artistic character and is well served with cafes, restaurants, inns, boutiques, galleries and gift shops as well as a wide range of independent local food shops and everyday shopping needs. It has its own Picture House, Little Theatre and Trades Club with a fantastic variety of live music and cabaret. An annual Arts Festival takes place in June/July with many other events throughout the year.
HALIFAX -EUREKA NATIONAL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
A fun-packed family day out in Yorkshire, located in Halifax, West Yorkshire, they’re the only fully interactive museum totally dedicated to children aged 0-11 anywhere in the UK. They welcome the weird and wonderful questions children ask and work hard to provide some of the answers.
They have over 400 interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to inspire children to find out about themselves and the world around them.
They have six unique galleries to discover, each with a different theme to explore. Each area is packed with equipment to explore, activities to do, and buttons to press. And they have plenty of family events through out the year, so from science experiments to interactive shows; it’s a different Eureka! experience every time. More info https://www.eureka.org.uk/
There are many fantastic walks, cycle routes and horse rides around the town, depending on length, time available and experience, these could range from a walk to the impressive and ever present Stoodley Pike, built to commemorate the end of the Napoleonic Wars, or a gentle stroll on the canal towpath (see the map below) taking in the award winning Fielden Wharf. Also, the Calderdale Way, Pennine Way and Mary Towneley Loop pass through or very close to Todmorden. There is also a self-guided walk around the town centre, which takes in the stunning architecture, the Town Trail, which can be bought online here or by calling 01706 818181, as can maps, books and leaflets for all kinds of outdoor activities. The gritstone outcrops also provide an opportunity for bouldering.
Visit Todmorden Town Hall, on the first Sunday of every month as there is a free tour of this Grade 1 listed building. Alternatively, you can book a guided tour with one of the fully trained volunteer guides and visit the Heritage Centre, ballroom, Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chamber. The building is a fine example of Neo-Classical architecture and the carved stonework of the external pediment represents the town’s links to both Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Also worth a visit is Centre Vale Park, which is newly re-open after recent environmental works. With its backdrop of Buckley Wood, it is a scenic delight and provides bowling greens, a sculpture trail, children’s play-area, a skateboard park, a unique bandstand, a tranquil memorial garden as well as a reptile house and aviary.
The Hippodrome Theatre http://www.todhip.org/ puts on various musicals, plays and shows throughout the year. The town also has its Toy and Model Museum and a well-stocked library. Annual events include a carnival, agricultural show, beer festival and the traditional Easter Pace Egg plays.
A new long distance walk, The Paulinus Way, has just be founded. It starts at Todmorden and follows a route to York, for more information please click here.
Information taken with kind permission from Todmorden Tourist Information Centre http://www.visittodmorden.co.uk/index.asp
Haworth is situated at the edge of the Pennine moors and has been made famous by the Bronte sisters and the Keighley + Worth Valley Steam Railway. It is a major tourist attraction in the area with the Bronte Parsonage Museum and many gift shops and cafes. After visiting the parsonage take a walk to Top Withens, a ruined farmhouse, said to have been the inspiration for the location of Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights”.
Walk and Ride Festival
This year’s South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival will take place between Saturday 10th September and Sunday 25th September. With almost 140 events taking place there will be an event perfect for you, whether you’re on foot, bike or horse.
The festival is the perfect opportunity to explore the wild and wonderful South Pennines landscape, its heather-covered moors, steep-sided valleys, canals, reservoirs and packhorse trails. Spanning the Yorkshire Lancashire border this area has a fascinating history, offering everything from Neolithic stone carvings to world-changing industrial heritage; and many hidden gems. Over the centuries it has inspired artists and writers; and those who visit and those who stay.
You may wish to march across the moorland on one of our strenuous all-day hikes or perhaps meander through the streets of Hebden Bridge to discover the secrets of its industrial past or maybe cycle along the Tour de France Grand Depart Route; whatever your pace or interests the South Pennines has it all. We particularly like the sound of Reaching Top Withins at around sunset walking along parts of The Bronte Way with a reading from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights at Top Withins (if youwant to bring a lantern to enjoy the atmosphere you are most welcome). Returning in the dark so headlamps are essential and walking poles are advised. All details are from with kind permission:
HARDCASTLE CRAGGS & GIBSON MILL
Hardcastle Craggs is a beauty spot of the South Pennines with more than 160 hectares (400 acres) of unspoilt woodland.
As well as being the home of the northern hairy wood ant, there are tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and stacks of millstone grit, all crisscrossed by more than 15 miles (24km) of footpaths.
At its heart is 19th century Gibson Mill, a family-oriented visitor centre, telling the history of the valley over the past 200 years, with interactive displays, dressing up, dancing and exhibitions. Having no link to the national grid, the mill is unique in the UK and is the Trust’s flagship sustainable building.
An Elizabethan gem in the heart of industrial Lancashire, built between 1600 and 1605 Gawthorpe Hall was the family seat of the Shuttleworth family for over 300 years. Inside the house you will find period rooms on display from the 1850 remodelling by renowned architect Sir Charles Barry and Pugin as well as original plasterwork ceilings, panelling and the impressive Long Gallery.
SOMEWHERE NICE TO EAT + DRINK
The New Delight (The Newdy) at Jack Bridge, Colden, is the nearest local pub to the east of Rough Top and The Kettledrum Inn and Ninos Italian Restaurant are to the west. To the south down Shore Rd and left towards Todmorden is the renowned Staff of Life Inn which does top class food at reasonable prices in a totally unspoilt traditional pub. The Packhorse Inn, Widdop boasts a collection of over 140 single malt whiskies and has an excellent reputation for good honest food at sensible prices. There are two pubs in Heptonstall The Cross Inn and The White Lion
Hebden Bridge offers a variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants, including The Olive Branch Turkish restaurant, Kitties, Moyles, Nelsons Wine Bar, Il Mulino Italian Restaurant, Rim Nam Thai Restaurant and The Stubbing Wharf.