Yorkshire Beauty...

Surrounded by true Yorkshire history, the stunning countryside of the Pennines, and the deep ravined valleys of Calderdale; the area is popular with walkers, cyclists, country lovers, and those just in search of a contrast to a hectic lifestyle. Although nestled in the centre of the town near the ‘Yorkshire Bohemian’ shops for which Hebden Bridge is quite famous; the countryside can be easily accessed by foot straight from the doorstep of the inn. And that same doorstep has frequently offered a place of respite to many attempting the Pennine Way, or the more recent Tour De France cycle route.

 

Things To Do...

Walking
Road Cycling
Mountain Biking
Canals
Independant Shopping
Local Attractions

Walking...

The local area to Hebden Bridge boasts some of the most picturesque and easily accessible walking in the whole of the UK. Situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Pennines, and within close striking distance of the Pennine Way; there are walks of all abilities that can be commenced right from the very doorstep of the White Lion.

There is a stunning 2 hour circular walk that runs along Hebden Water up to Hardcastle Craggs (National Trust), where one can enjoy a deserved cup of tea and cake at Gibson Mill before making the return. This walk would also allow you to incorporate the stunning hill-top village of Heptonstall, the quite famous church ruins, and grave of famous poet Sylvia Plath Hughes - former wife of poet Ted Hughes.

For the more adventurous, One could continue upon this walk and keep going for the 9 miles over to Haworth, incorporating some of the Pennine Way and superb Widdop Reservoir. Don’t worry - there are regular buses by which to return. For those more incline for more of a stroll, then there are lovely paths around the town and alongside the nearby canals.

Road Cycling...

Yorkshire has been firmly placed on the road cycling map with the Grand Depart (Tour De Yorkshire) of the 2014 Tour De France having being hosted by God’s Own Country itself. As part of the Grand Depart, riders faced gruelling climbs and fast downhills all the way from Leeds, through to York, Harrogate, and Sheffield; taking in some of the most stunning countryside across the Yorkshire Dales and Pennines. Hebden Bridge was featured in Stage 2 of the Tour De Yorkshire, and is ideally located for those wishing to recreate the Tour De France starting route; providing for a great stopping off place after a descent down Cock Hill or Cragg Vale - depending upon which way you choose to complete the route. Either way, there will be a hearty meal and rooms available at the end of a superb day’s riding.

For those not wishing to complete such distances, there are numerous roads that can be ridden very locally to Hebden Bridge; which offer very little traffic combined with breath-taking views.

The White Lion also has a secure brick built lock-up facility for your bike should you require.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking around Hebden Bridge is a very popular activity amongst the locals and visitors alike. With the immense amount of countryside available within striking distance of the town, it is no wonder why it is so popular.

There are endless paths and bridleways available for mountain bike usage that dot the local area, which can be adopted for any level of ability or distance of ride. Ranging from long climbs to Pennine moor paths, and super fast tricky downhills; the hills and wooded areas around Hebden Bridge provide for a superb environment to enjoy on your bike.

If the rides available locally are not enough of an adrenalin kick for you, then there are the purpose built blue, red, and black routes at Gisburn Forest - a 45 minute drive away. Alternatively just type ‘mountain biking Hebden Bridge’ into Google, and you will see the endless possibilities.

The White Lion also has a secure brick built lock-up facility for your bike should you require.

Canals...

Despite it’s deep ravined valleys and rugged landscape; some very clever people managed to carve the Leeds Liverpool canal through the hills and Hebden Bridge itself. This section of the canal is very interesting, even if One only simply admires the level of engineering that was involved in the route creation.

But you do not have to be an admirer of engineering to enjoy the canals through the Calderdale valley. The local canals offer passes and views that are simply stunning from spring through to autumn. Day trips and barge hire is available; or you could just simply take a stroll alongside the canal should you wish.

Indeed, it was a barge on the canal in Hebden Bridge that the fictional murderer ‘Tommy’ used as his last stand in the recent BBC drama series ‘Happy Valley’ - staring Sarah Lancashire among others.

That Was So Hebden Bridge...

That Was So Hebden Bridge’ reads the sign as you leave the town. And once you have visited Hebden Bridge, you will understand why it is apt to make such a statement. Hebden Bridge boasts individuality. And this is exuded from its range of superb individual shops that are just so proud to be as such, and from Hebden Bridge.

There are numerous independent shops ranging from jewellers and art galleries that offer works from small local artists, cloths shops with obscure brands, and gift shops in the same vein; to having our very own flamboyant soap shop - The Yorkshire Soap Company. Where bubbles are dispensed from the top floor window above the shop. The town also prides itself on its weekly markets, ranging from antiques and curiosities, to a proper home made yorkshire pie from the regular weekend farmers market.

But even if you did desire more familiar shops, then the vibrant cities of Manchester and Leeds are both easily accessible in less than 40 minutes by train.

Local Attractions...

Haworth - 9 miles
Haworth hosts the famous cobbled street and associations with the Bronte Sisters; the most famous of which being Charlotte Bronte for her classic ‘Wuthering Heights’. Haworth is also the headquarters for the stunning Worth Valley Stream Railway, staffed by volunteers.

Salts Mill - Saltaire, 12 miles
As a World Heritage Site, Salts Mill is almost definitely worth a visit. Originally built by Sir Titus Salt for the wool and cotton trade, the mill and surrounded area has been protected and developed into a superb mix of art galleries, shops, and cafes.

Stoodly Pike - 3 miles (walk-able)
Originally built to remember the end of the Napoleonic Wars; Stoodly Pike is a towering structure that sits on the top of the hills over-looking the Calderdale Valley - dominating the local skyline.

The Pennine Way & Hardcastle Craggs
The Pennine Way runs less than a mile away from Hebden Bridge, and can be accessed via the routes through the picturesque National Trust site of Hardcastle Craggs and Gibson Mill.