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Hebden Bridge takes its name from a stone packhorse bridge over the river Hebden Water, 2010 marked the 500th anniversary of the packhorse bridge.
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. You can even enjoy a canal cruise with Stubbing Wharf Cruises or Bronte Boat Hire.
Heptonstall is an ancient village (predates Hebden Bridge) and is sited on the hillside overlooking Hebden Bridge. The Heptonstall Museum is housed in the old village grammar school, the ruined 13 th Century Church of St Thomas a Beckett stands in the churchyard of the current St Thomas the Apostle church. Poet Sylvia Plath, the wife of fellow poet Ted Hughes is buried in the churchyard. Heptonstall also has the Octagonal Chapel, the oldest Methodist Chapel still in use today.
Haworth is situated at the edge of the Pennine moors and has been made famous by the Bronte sisters. It is a major tourist attraction in the area with the Bronte Parsonage Museum and many gift shops and cafes. From the parsonage take a walk to Top Withens, a ruined farmhouse, said to have been the inspiration for the location of "Wuthering Heights".
Hardcastle Crags (National Trust) a beauty spot just outside Hebden Bridge, consists of 400 acres of unspoilt woodland with 30 miles of footpaths. At its centre is Gibson Mill, a 19th century cotton mill now redeveloped as an interactive visitor experience for sustainable development. With no mains services the Mill generates its own electricity on site using renewable resources.
Todmorden’s heavy industry is now part of Todmorden's history, not its present. The industrial chimneys have largely gone and the remaining mills have mostly been converted for other purposes. The town's industrial base is much reduced (at one time Todmorden had the largest weaving shed in the world). There has been a great deal of regeneration activity and Todmorden is now increasingly a commuter town for people working in Manchester or Leeds.