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in the county of West Yorkshire

About Sowerby Bridge

Sowerby Bridge is a small picturesque town lying 3 miles west of Halifax. It is 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. Part of its scenic attraction is the spectacle of boats parading the waters and the lovely bird life inhabiting the river banks and peaceful water-meadows.

The town is an important for the Rochdale and trans Pennine Canal, for here it meets with the Calder and Hebble Navigation in the heart of the town at picturesque Sowerby Bridge Wharf. At this wharf visitors can see what is the deepest inland lock in Britain - this is number 3 lock, it is next to the Tual tunnel and plunges to an amazing depth of 30 feet!

This is a warmly welcoming town with art galleries, antique and craft shops, and those shops that provide for every day needs. In the cheerful streets there are pleasant pubs and inns. There are also evocative memories of when the town was in the midst of a great textile area.

In this beautiful old town visitors can witness buildings from all major periods, many of them (as with most places) are being converted to provide comfortable domestic accommodation. However, there still remains much to see and enjoy in this pleasant place which historically started off as a small settlement in medieval times. It flourished as various industries arrived throughout the ages, but industries have declined and now Sowerby Bridge acts as a tourist destination largely dependant upon its blessings of wonderful scenery and river waters.

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Halifax Town Hall from Princess St, designed by Sir Charles Barry in 1859

Halifax (83 Pictures) in the county of West Yorkshire

(2.7 miles, 4.3 km, direction NE of Sowerby 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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Hebden Bridge (43 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of West Yorkshire

(4.8 miles, 7.7 km, direction NW of Sowerby 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...

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Huddersfield (98 Pictures) in the county of West Yorkshire

(6.7 miles, 10.9 km, direction SE of Sowerby Bridge)

Huddersfield is a lively and interesting town that offers a rich cultural experience...

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Marsden (33 Pictures) in the county of West Yorkshire

(7.4 miles, 12.0 km, direction S of Sowerby Bridge)

Marsden offers visitors a wealth of heritage, particularly in association with the town's expansion which came about during the heady days of the Industrial Revolution...

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Todmorden (12 Pictures) in the county of West Yorkshire

(7.6 miles, 12.3 km, direction W of Sowerby Bridge)

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Eureka Science Museum  - Yorkshire - 1996

Eureka! Museum for Children (3 Pictures)

(2.5 miles, 4.1 km, direction E)


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

Hardcastle Crags & Gibson Mill (6 Pictures)

(6.1 miles, 9.8 km, direction NW)

Beautiful wooded valley with 19th-century Gibson Mill at its heart, an exemplar of sustainable energy. This is the flagship.....

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Kirklees Priory (2 Pictures)

(7.2 miles, 11.6 km, direction E)

Home of the wicked Prioress who bled the unsuspecting Robin Hood to death. All that remains today is the Priory Gatehouse and.....

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Marsden Moor Estate (2 Pictures)

(7.2 miles, 11.6 km, direction S)

Marsden Moor was gifted to the National Trust in 1955 by Captain Sir Joseph Benedict Everard Henry Radcliffe in lieu of death.....

Robin Hoods Grave, Kirklees Priory, West Yorkshire

Robin Hood's Grave (4 Pictures)

(7.3 miles, 11.8 km, direction E)


National Museum of Photography, Film and TV. Bradford.

National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (3 Pictures)

(8.6 miles, 13.9 km, direction NE)


Bradford Cathedral, West Yorkshire

Bradford Cathedral (3 Pictures)

(9.3 miles, 14.9 km, direction NE)


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