Best trails in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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Looking for a great trail near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Yorkshire Dales National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Kinder Scout National Nature Reserve or Broadoak Park. Ready for some activity? There are 18 moderate trails in Hebden Bridge ranging from 2.5 to 20 miles and from 328 to 1,437 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
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#1 - The Switzerland of Yorkshire Circular
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 48 m
Hebden Dale was once known as 'The Switzerland of Yorkshire'. This route starting from Hebden Bridge station briefly follows the Rochdale canal before climbing the steep Cuckoo steps and the escarpment edge of Colden Clough to reach fascinating Heptonstall. It is then downhill to New Bridge in Hebden Dale to follow the valley to Gibson Mill before climbing again to Walshaw and the edge of the open moorland into the next valley of Crimsworth Dean. The route of the Haworth to Hebden Bridge Walk is used for the return. Lets get clear a little of the local naming. Hardcastle Crags is the name by which everyone knows the valley of Hebden Dale through which flows Hebden Water. This deep cut vale is richly wooded and abundant in wildlife. At Heptonstall it is most unusual to find two churches in one churchyard. The original church, dedicated to the martyred archbishop St. Thomas a' Becket, was damaged in a storm in 1847. Rather than having it repaired, a new church was built alongside instead. In the old churchyard is the gravestone of David Hartley, who was a notorious counterfeiter of coins. He was so successful that he almost succeeded in destabilising the country's currency. Hartley was hanged in York in 1770. Heptonstall was of greater importance than Hebden Bridge until the Industrial Revolution. The main street of Towngate is reminiscent of Howarth, the home of the Bronte sisters, but without the crowds! Gibson Mill is a one time cotton mill built in 1800, it closed in the 1890's becoming a curiously sited dance hall and even a roller-skating rink in the mid 20th century. Today the whole area is NT owned - cafe, visitor centre and shop. Tours of the mill are available with a guide. In Hebden Bridge there are many points of interest some of which are - The Old Packhorse Bridge dated 1510, St George's Bridge erected in 1892 and made in cast iron alongside which is the chimney of Bridge Mill, then there is  St. George's Square where the sundial sculpture installed in 2008, represents a knife used for cutting the grooves in 'fustian' cloth. Finally the Rochdale Canal has great charm. The Hebden Bridge Canal Basin was built in 1893 as a loading bay for boats, today it is a Marina alongside is the tourist information centre.Show more
#2 - Hardcastle Crags and Hebden Water
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
This is a circular walk around the wooded Pennine valley of Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Owned by the National Trust the valley comprises a beautiful shallow river, Hebden Water with steep wooded valley sides and you will have chance to discover lots of wildlife plus some industrial archaeology along the way. If you have children with you, you may wish to bring along crayons and paper as there are several engraved markers around the site, showing the various leaves and seeds in the woodland. The walk follows a mixture of dirt and rocky paths, which can be muddy in part and can also be very slippery when wet. There are no gates or stiles on route but you will need to negotiate several flights of steps and some uneven climbs through sections of rocks. The outward leg largely follows the riverside path whilst the return journey climbs steeply up to the valley top ridge which has steep drops down to the side. If you would rather avoid this part, you can choose to return via the valley's quiet vehicle track or back along the riverside path, the way you came. Dogs are welcome in the site. There are picnic tables in several places along the route and there are public toilets at the start and about half way round. Approximate time 1.5 hours. Show more
#3 - Stoodley Pike
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
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#4 - Hebden Bridge Circular
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 40 m
Hebden Bridge was originally a crossing point for various packhorse trails that converged at the bridge over 'Hebden Water'. In the industrial revolution with the coming of the canal and railway the town flourished as a textile center. Nowadays it has become a desirable place to live and visit and trades on its heritage. The walk comprises a canal towpath (very picturesque), Jumble Hole Clough ( a steep wood-sided valley with remains of old mills), an upland pasture (with good views over the area) and a return via the escarpment edge of Colden Water( very dramatic around Hell Hole Rocks). The area abounds in historical significance due to the textile industry. Of particular note are all the paved footpaths which have become worn from the weavers traveling from their workplaces and the bridges to cross the streams. Lovely stone cottages are dotted seemingly randomly around the area. Show more
#5 - Hebden Bridge, Widdop Reservoir and Cant Clough Reservoir Circular
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 20.0 mi • Est. 9 h 36 m
1. Start from the car park in the centre of Hebden Bridge, just over the bridge from St George's Square, near the A6033 (GR992274). Leave the car park from end furthest from the toilet block then turn left and go across the bridge to St George's Square. At the square turn left to a junction with the A6033 a short distance later. Turn left and climb the A6033. At the traffic lights go straight ahead and continue up the A6033. After the lights take the third road on the left, at a four way junction, signed for Hardcastle Crags (GR993280). 2. Follow Midgehole Road all the way to the public toilets, just before the entrance of the National Trust car park (GR988291). Directly after the toilets turn right up a thin track between the dry stone walls, signed as a bridleway. At the junction at the top turn right and climb the lane up the left hand side of the valley. The lane soon becomes a gravel track as it re-enters the trees. Climb straight on past all the tracks on either side. After leaving the trees behind continue up the valley and go through a gate, by a farm on the right. This leads on to a flat section of trail that comes to a junction with a gate on the left, by a derelict building (GR989313). 3. Turn left through the gate for a short, steep, grassy and muddy climb between the drystone walls. Go through the gate at the top and follow the singletrack ahead, along the wall on the left. After a short distance go through a small gate in the drystone wall on the left and into a field. Turn right and descend through the field keeping to the wall on the right. 3/4 of the way down the field, after a boulder launch pad on the left, the track becomes more defined and goes through a gate. After the gate the track climbs a short distance before dropping right to another gate (GR974313). 4. Go through the gate then straight on between the buildings and through a couple of bends on the far side. This leads to a straight wide dirt track that eventually comes to a couple of gates by a farm building on the left. Go through the small gate on the left of the large gate and continue along the track. The track soon descends through a left hand bend to a gate at a stone bridge. Bear right away from the bridge and climb past a track on the left up the concrete double track. At the triangular junction at the top turn left then left again, onto the lane by the trees (GR954325). Go over the crest then descend to a right hand bend that leads to a gate. Go through the gate on the left to descend a grassy track to the road junction (GR946324). 5. Turn right and climb the lane to Widdop Reservoir. After the lane flattens off go past a car park on the left to a gate in the stone wall on the left that leads onto the Widdop Reservoir Dam (GR937329). Turn left through the gate and ride along the cobbled track across the dam. On the far side turn right and follow the grit stone track along the left hand side of the reservoir. The track soon begins to climb, getting steeper as it goes. Follow the trail up through a number of bends, bearing left at the junction on the steep left hand hairpin (GR926324). The track then turns right and climbs through some very loose rocks before flattening off at the top of the hill. Follow the track as it bears gently right to a short descent over a section of bedrock. After descending the rocks traverse the hillside on the gritstone track to a gate (GR915320). 6. After the gate descend the track to a water bar, which is good for some air, directly before a small bridge on a left hand bend. Go up a short climb then, at the top, follow the trail right for a long rocky decent that is dotted with more water bars, fun ones you can jump. The descent flattens off and comes a junction directly before a gate ahead (GR895324). Take the track on the left for short, winding descent. After crossing a small bridge the descent finishes on the left hand side of Hurstwood Reservoir. Follow the track by the side of the reservoir to a junction at the far end (GR889314). Turn left, then at the forked junction immediately after go left again and climb the track past the pylon. At the junction at the top of the climb follow the main trail as it bears right then descends to a junction at Cant Clough Reservoir (GR894310). 7. Go right through the gate then left to ride over the dam. Go through the dip on the far side to a gate. After the gate follow the main trail off to the right. This goes through a few bends before descending to a bridge and a junction directly after (GR891302). Turn left and follow the trail to a rocky ford. After crossing the ford climb the rocky trail alongside the wall on the right. Bear right through the next stream crossing, using either the bridge or the ford. Climb between the walls, through a number of bends, to the next junction. Take the singletrack on the left that goes under the trees before a grassy climb to the car park by the Coal Clough wind farm (GR894288). 8. Go through the car park...Show more
#6 - Hebden to Withens Clough to Stoodley Pike
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 5 h 23 m
#7 - Hebden Bridge to Todmorden via Stoodley Pike
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 26 m
This is a popular outing from Hebden Bridge. Arrived by train from Preston - 50mins. - through the spectacular Cliviger Gorge. Let the train take the strain! Hebden Bridge is mid way between Manchester and Leeds and takes its name from the packhorse bridge over Hebden Water a tributary of the River Calder. The Calder is accompanied by the Rochdale Canal completed in 1804 to link Manchester and Leeds by water. Overlooking Hebden Bridge from the west is Heptonstall with its own charm and unique history. It was an important settlement before Hebden Bridge developed as a mill town. Erected in 1856, the Stoodley Pike Monument is a prominent landmark of the upper Calder valley. It is 120ft high with a surrounding terrace reached by a dark stone stairway. It replaces an earlier monument erected in 1814 to commemorate the defeat of Napoleon and the surrender of Paris. The route follows a section of the Pennine Way before descending by a paved track to Limbutts where there is the Top Brink Inn. There follows Limbutts Clough to reach the Rochdale Canal which was taken into Todmorden. Alternatively follow the canal the 3 miles back to Hebden Bridge. A bus was taken back to Hebden Bridge and the train station.Show more
#8 - Clough Hole
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
Note: As of November 2020 there is a slight diversion early on due to the bridge near the river being CLOSED, diversion takes you up the crag. Start at Clough Hole National Trust car park. Visit Gibson Mill which was built for the spinning of cotton in the 1800's. The National Trust has renovated the mill creating a totally sustainable building which now provides educational facilities, information and cafe. Photos provide the rest of the story.Show more
#9 - Heptonstall to Lumb Bridge Circular Walk
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
#10 - Gibson Mill
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
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