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Best trails in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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Looking for a great trail near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire? AllTrails has 20 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 Ogden Water Country Park. Ready for some activity? There are 17 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 - 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
#4 - 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
#5 - 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
#6 - Heptonstall to Lumb Bridge Circular Walk
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
#7 - Gibson Mill
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
#8 - 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
#9 - Widdop Moor and Lad Law
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 6 m
IMPORTANT NOTE: This walk uses an area of open access moorland where walkers are welcome, but DOGS are NOT allowed. A circular walk on Widdop Moor, starting from Widdop Reservoir in the Calderdale district of West Yorkshire, alongside the boundary with Lancashire. This is a wild walk on the border country of the South Pennines, exploring a landscape of sweeping moors littered with outcrops of millstone grit eroded into weird forms by the action of wind, water and ice. The highest point of the walk is the Lad Law trig point on Boulsworth Hill, a height of 517 metres above sea level and giving glorious views over Pendle Hill, the Forest of Bowland, the Yorkshire Dales and the South Pennines. On a very clear day it is possible to see Scafell Pike and the rollercoasters on Blackpool Pleasure Beach. (NOTE: Remember, dogs are not allowed on this walk, as it crosses open access moorland where dogs are prohibited). Much of the terrain is very demanding and navigation is also challenging, so this is a walk that is best reserved for experienced walkers in good weather conditions. The first half of this walk crosses the moorland where the paths are at best subtle and at worst non-existent. Walking through the thick heather is very tiring and you may find walking poles useful as underfoot the ground can give way to concealed drops of the knee twisting variety. Some sections of the moor can also become quite boggy. The climb up to the trig point is an ascent of around 200 metres. The second half of the walk is much more straight-forward, following a Land Rover track, a road and then well-defined paths. You will need to negotiate a couple of stiles along the route. Allow 4 hours. Show more
#10 - Lumb Hole Falls
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 5 h 8 m
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