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About Hebden Bridge

This beautiful old town grew up close to the River Hebden at the point where a stone bridge was built as part of a pack-horse route in the 16th century.

By the time of the 18th century Hebden Bridge had become a noted centre for weaving. Stone cottages appeared, these were especially built for weavers with wider than usual windows to allow for the maximum of light. In the 18th century it was commonplace for many workers in the textile industry to work at home, and it was only at the latter end of the century that mills began to be established in the town, bringing with them a much needed prosperity. You only have to cast your eye's above the crowded shop windows of the main streets, to note the flurry of building work which took place once more money was available. Some of these fine properties still show the lovely facades of yester-year.

In the town is the Robin Hood, a coaching inn from the 17th century. The inn retains much of its earlier character, and is believed to have an old well from which St.Thomas a Becket took a cup of water.

This is Bronte country where the terrain is of deep sided valley's and glens lying beneath lonely moors were visitors can see golden gorse, bracken and heather. A wealth of wildlife saunters the moors, grouse, pheasant, partridge, and the inevitable fox. In the skies above you might be lucky and catch sight of Kite or Eagle.

At Hebden Water, a few miles from Hebden Bridge is an area known as the "Crags" here, miles of footpaths take you on a nature trail of the areas natural and archaeological history, passing through dense woodland, alive with oak, ash, beech, and pine. In springtime these lofty trees spread their branches over a carpet of vibrant gently nodding bluebells who contrast sharply with the tawny autumnal shades to come.

In the 19th century dams and weirs on Hebden Water controlled the water supply to mills like Gibson Mill. A three storey building of the early 18th century, this was one of the first mills of the Industrial Revolution. It has recently been restored and brought back to life as an interesting visitors centre by the National Trust. The mill offers hands on exhibitions and gives you the opportunity to learn of the people who toiled here for up to 72 hours a week, and often for very little reward.

Before the restoration programme for Gibson Mill commenced it was used by the community of Hebden Bridge as a venue for part of their annual Christmas celebrations. A delightful late afternoon walk through beautiful countryside to Gibson Mill was followed by a candle-lit carol service, warming punch and mince pies. The noisy return journey led by wassailers with lantern transformed the woods into a starry "fairy glen". With the completion of the project it is hoped the Wassailers walk to Gibson Mill will be re-introduced. Interestingly, the mill was used as a setting for scenes in the recent production of Nicholas Nickleby.

A local tradition here is the ancient "pace-egg play" this takes place each Good Friday when a colourful procession parades through the streets.

The visitor here is thrice blest, you have the joy of a lovely old town, the pleasures of spectacular countryside and the nearness of Halifax, a town full of lovely buildings and noted landmarks.

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A picture of Todmorden

Todmorden (12 Pictures) in the county of West Yorkshire

(4.0 miles, 6.4 km, direction SW of Hebden Bridge)

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Sowerby Bridge (11 Pictures) in the county of West Yorkshire

(4.8 miles, 7.7 km, direction SE of Hebden Bridge)

Surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the South Pennines, with the town's gentle scenery being enhanced by the River Calder and the River Ryburn on which the town stands...

A picture of Halifax

Halifax (83 Pictures) in the county of West Yorkshire

(6.5 miles, 10.4 km, direction E of Hebden Bridge)

Halifax is an industrial city close to the famous Pennines and the route of the Pennine Way in what is known as Yorkshire's "Bronte" country...

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Haworth (227 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of West Yorkshire

(6.5 miles, 10.5 km, direction NE of Hebden Bridge)

Haworth is famous the world over for its connections with the Bronte sisters, the famous novelists...

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Harden (4 Pictures) in the county of West Yorkshire

(9.0 miles, 14.6 km, direction NE of Hebden Bridge)

Harden lies in the famous countryside area between Cullingworth and Bingley surrounded by rivers and meadows. It is a favoured commuter base for those working in nearby Bradford...

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Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, West Yorks.

Hardcastle Crags & Gibson Mill (6 Pictures)

(1.5 miles, 2.4 km, direction NW)

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(6.7 miles, 10.8 km, direction E)


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(8.7 miles, 14.1 km, direction W)


Cliffe Castle museum, Keighley, West Yorkshire.

Cliffe Castle Museum (5 Pictures)

(10.0 miles, 16.1 km, direction NE)

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Marsden Moor, Yorkshire

Marsden Moor Estate (2 Pictures)

(10.3 miles, 16.6 km, direction S)

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Healey Dell (7 Pictures)

(10.3 miles, 16.6 km, direction SW)

Healey Dell Nature Reserve on the Whitworth - Rochdale border, sits in a picturesque part of the Spodden Valley. Rich with flora.....

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East Riddlesden Hall (5 Pictures)

(10.6 miles, 17.0 km, direction NE)

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