The Pennine Way National Trail stretches from Edale near Sheffield, all the way through the Peak District, The Yorkshire Dales and across the Pennines. The whole footpath is 268 miles or 431 km long but this short break is based around the town of Hebden Bridge.
Getting to Hebden Bridge
By Rail: The Pennines are well-served by rail from London, covering the journey in around 3 hours. Fast through-trains run from most other parts of Britain.
By Car: The Pennines are served by excellent roads. The A1/A1(M) motorway provides fast, easy access from the South. From the North choose from the A1 coastal route or the A68 cross-country 'holiday route' through Northumberland and Border Country. From the West, the A66 provides a scenic cross-Pennine route from the Lake District and M6 motorway.
B&Bs, Hotels and Inns (3*)
This grade of this tour is easy to moderate.
- Hebden Bridge
- Hebden Bridge
Daily Distance Range
- Walking–Minimum: 6 miles / 10 km Maximum: 7.5 miles / 12 km
This tour has a variety of durations from 2 nights to 4 nights.
This tour is available from January until December.
What is included in the tour
- Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
- Fully comprehensive tour pack with colour coded routes on local maps
- Emergency Telephone Assistance
- Smart Phone GPS App with Routes
What is NOT included in the tour
- Meals Except Breakfast
- Transport to and from Hebden Bridge
Arrive Hebden Bridge and stay overnight.
Hebden Bridge was the first town in the UK to be recognised under the “Walkers Welcome” Scheme and was voted by British Airways as the fourth funkiest town in the world. Known as the ‘Pennine Centre’, Hebden Bridge takes its name from the packhorse bridge over Hebden Water. The town developed in late medieval times as a rivercrossing and meeting point of packhorse routes.
A: Hebden Bridge (7.5 miles / 12 km)
This circular route leaves Hebden Bridge heading towards Todmorden, along the Rochdale Canal. Follow the Pennine Way to Colden Village, where you can buy refreshments. The walk continues on to Heptonstall Moor, Hardcastle Crags and Gibson Mill, before returning to Hebden Bridge.
Stay overnight in Hebden Bridge.
B: Stoodley Pike hike (6 miles / 10 km)
Leaving Hebden Bridge Railway Station, this route goes across muddy woodland and moorland, with some stony paths. The 121 foot (37 m) high Stoodley Pike Monument dominates the skyline above Todmorden. The monument was designed in 1854 by local architect James Green, and completed in 1856 at the end of the Crimean War. The walk tracks above Beaumont Clough woods, before heading back into Hebden Bridge.
Stay overnight in Hebden Bridge
C: Hebden Bridge via Callis Wood and Lumbutts Mill (6.75 miles / 10.75 km)
A short but varied walk encompassing a wooded valley side, a moorland ridge, an attractive dene and a canal towpath. The imposing monument on Stoodley Pike is the principal landmark in the area, offering spectacular views over Upper Calderdale.
Stay overnight in Hebden Bridge
Places of interest:
Hardcastle Crags encompasses deep rocky ravines, tumbling streams, oak, beech and pine woods and some of the best examples of upland meadows in the country.
Built in around 1800, Gibson Mill was one of the first mills of the Industrial Revolution. The mill was driven by a water wheel and produced cotton cloth up until 1890. In the early 1900s, Gibson Mill began to be used as an ‘entertainment emporium’ for the local people. After the Second World War, the mill slipped into disuse, and was acquired by the National Trust in 1950.
A weavers' village high up on the hills above Hebden Bridge, have remained unchanged for around 200 years. With two pubs "The Cross" and "The White Lion" and a small post office, this tiny village is popular with walkers and is regarded as one of Yorkshire's best kept secrets. Heptonstall churchyard must be one of the most fascinating in the country, containing two charming churches and reportedly the remains of over 100,000 people, with many bodies buried in the same graves.
The completion of the Rochdale Canal in 1804 revolutionised the movement of bulk goods in the area reducing the price of coal by half. This was most important with a greatly increased demand for coal to fuel a growing number of mills. 1880 was one of the busiest years for the Rochdale with goods weighing 686,000 tons being transported. The equivalent to the movement of about 50 boats a day. The completion of the railway in 1840 resulted in a decline in canal traffic and the last loaded barge travelled the whole length of the canal in 1937. It finally closed in 1952. Following initial ideas in 1974 the Rochdale Canal Society was formed and the canal was reopened in July 2002.
The tower at Lumbutts once contained three waterwheels, stacked vertically, providing 54 horse power for the adjacent cotton mill. It was fed by water siphoned from the nearby Lee and Heeley Dams. The buildings now serve as an activity centre.
The routing will be as follows using the Route letters above:
The 5 day, 4 night holiday will be routed A B & C
The 4 day, 3 night holiday will be routed around 2 routes of your choice of A, B or C
The 3 day, 2 night holiday will be routed around 1 route of your choice of A, B or C
The correct clothes are important to ensure comfort during each walk. We suggest avoid anything with seams and buttons in sensitive areas. Clothing should take moisture from the body to the outside. Sweatshirts, thin pullovers and breathable jackets are ideal companions during the cooler days. Take light, waterproof jackets and trousers in case there is rain. On hot days we suggest a cap or hat and sunglasses to protect from the sun.
- Hardcastle Craggs
- Gibson Mill
- Rochdale Canal
- Lumbutts Mill
Please note, not all of these will be visited on the shorter tours. If you particularly want to see something on the list please inform us at the time of booking.