If you’ve visited Howarth then be sure to take the scenic drive over the stunning, sweeping moors to Hebden Bridge (take the A6033 from Howarth). You’ll arrive to creative, bohemian streets, and you can feel the influence of the writers and artists who flocked to the village around the 70s and 80s. From artisan shops and inspiring galleries to organic pavement cafes and charming picture houses, Hebden Bridge is justifiably proud of its artistic identity. And just a few moments away – pretty wooded valleys and picturesque heather moorland aplenty.
The cobbled lanes of Hepstonstall (a weavers’ village high up on the hills above Hebden Bridge) have remained unchanged for around 200 years. With just two pubs – The Cross and The White Lion – a small post office and cafe offering lunches and teas, this tiny village is popular with walkers and is regarded as one of Yorkshire’s best kept secrets.
Hebden Bridge is a thriving hub of creativity all year round, brimming with independent book and craft shops, and charming little galleries including Artsmill which shows work from both international and local artists in a bright, airy gallery space. Or, if jewellery and knickknacks are more your thing, visit the Heart Gallery to peruse bespoke jewellery pieces, textiles and stationery – the perfect place to pick up a souvenir.
Close to Hebden Bridge is Hardcastle Craggs, a large woodland valley owned by the National Trust that has over 15 miles of footpaths and walkways. If you go to Hebden Bridge direct from Holdsworth House it will take you around half an hour.