That is so Hebden Bridge
You’d have to travel a long way to find a town that has the measure of Hebden Bridge. As far as Australia, Brazil or Canada, in fact, according to British Airways’ Highlife magazine which named Hebden Bridge the world’s 4th funkiest town. And with good reason.
In Hebden Bridge you’ll find cocktail and wine bars amid traditional pubs serving real ale brewed in the local area. Vegans and vegetarians can enjoy organic local produce alongside more meaty fair in the same café, along with a traditional cup of Yorkshire tea served from a teapot that has been exhibited in the Tate Modern. This isn’t so much a town of contrasts but a kaleidoscope of people and ideas that offers something new and interesting every time you look.
The town has always been a popular place to live. The steep valley means suitable land for building on is scarce so many houses were built on top of each other as over-under dwellings where the upper stories face uphill and the lower storey faces downhill.
Hebden Bridge recently celebrated 500 years of creativity and today it continues to live up to its reputation as a melting pot of the traditional and avant garde. A calendar of events throughout the year brings together artists and artisans, poets and musicians to celebrate tradition and challenge convention in the spirit of local son Ted Hughes or the Brontë sisters who shocked polite society with their novels set in Haworth and the surrounding areas.
The Hebden Bridge Little Theatre has been producing plays since 1924 while the Hebden Bridge Picture House, located across the road from Croft Mill, is the town’s very own art-house cinema as well as the venue for live events.Live music is another regular event in town, with the Trades Club being named one of the best small venues in the UK. From brass bands to alternative and world music, there’s something happening most nights of the week. The annual Arts Festival hosts over 50 events in the town in late June and early July.
Bridleways once animated by packhorses from the mills are now a popular destination for mountain bikers from across the UK, including the epic 47 mile Mary Townley loop that takes even experienced riders a full day to complete. For cyclists who prefer skinny tyres challenging climbs and quiet roads abound.
Walkers, too, are spoilt for choice. Guided walks to Hardcastle Craggs or Stoodley Pike leave Croft Mill each morning at 6.00 am. If that’s a little early for you, you can download details of these and other walks – many on waymarked routes - by clicking here.
With so much history it is impossible to tell the complete story of Hebden Bridge in words alone. Many would agree that it is the local architecture that epitomises the inventive spirit that refused to let the end of the textile trade mean the end of our wonderful town. Croft Mill itself is a shining example of this, providing modern luxury accommodation in a building which for decades was a working wool mill. We do hope you will take the time to come and discover ‘The Jewel of the South Pennines’ for yourself with a stay at Croft Mill apartments.
We're spolied for choice when it comes to eating out in Hebden Bridge. We have a wide range of fairtrade and organic establishments, as well upmarket restaurants and bistros, and more traditional Yorkshire fayre. Click here for our recommendations.