Hebden Bridge offers a fabulous bohemian atmosphere with many quaint craft shops, organic cafés and secondhand book stores. Make a stop at Hebden Water alongside the bridge and feed the ducks. Then continue to the older village of Heptonstall. It offers narrow cobbled streets lined with 500 year old cottages and the ruins of a beautiful 13th century church. Visit the lovely St Thomas Church where the poet Sylvia Plath is buried.
Stroll along the Rochdale Canal to visit the Gibson Mill. This cotton mill, renovated in the 19th century, houses exhibitions covering the industrial and social history of the venue and its workers. Don’t miss the Heptonstall Museum situated in the Old Grammar School building. It still contains the original school desks and books.
Those that care about the planet and Mother Earth will be thrilled at the Alternative Technology Centre. It promotes renewable energy, recycling and sustainable lifestyles through a series of fascinating exhibits and interactive workshops. Stop for tea at the Towngate Tearoom & Bistro Restaurant and order a scrumptious piece of their speciality walnut cake.
Drive around the outskirts of the town. Numerous UFO sightings have been reported here and you never know! Then spend the night at the White Lion, a traditional coaching inn. Set on the riverside, it offers a fine country-pub dining experience and great service.