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Sunday Day Out Ideas #1 – Historic Hebden Bridge

June 12, 2010

Over the coming months FOWS will be suggesting day out ideas to make the most of the brand new Sunday service and today we start with the fascinating and picturesque town of Hebden Bridge, just over the Yorkshire border and easily accessed from Victoria on the Calderdale trains to Leeds.

Hedben Bridge has something for everyone …

  • a great selection of independent shops (said to be the best in the country)
  • historic buildings
  • a lovely park for kids to play in
  • easy access to walks to suit all ages
  • great places to eat and drink

It’s hard to know where to start but here’s just a few tips for ways to spend your time in Hebden Bridge:

  • Walks:
    • Easy – along the canal footpath to neighbouring towns like Mytholmroyd or Todmorden (both are also served by Victoria trains)
    • Moderate – the beautiful Hardcastle Crags woodlands lie just outside the town with a great cafe at Gibson Mill
    • Difficult – Hebden Bridge is a great launching point for challenging walks all over the moors that loom over Calderdale. Stupendous views are possible from walks to the landmark Stoodley Pike or along the Pennine Way.
  • The Flying Saucer Cafe in the centre of town (next to Tourist Information) is recommended for families with creative kids – design your own pottery and the cafe will fire it !
  • Stroll around the historic centre visiting the cafes and free galleries
  • Take the local bus (or prepare for a very steep walk !) up the hill to the historic stone built village of Heptonstall for views over the valley

There are often festivals and special events organised by the town – next weekend (19th/20th June) is the Brass Band Heritage Weekend for example. Contact Hebden Bridge tourist information centre for more details: hebdenbridge@ytbtic.co.uk

For more information about the town and events see HebdenBridge.com or HebdenBridge.co.uk

Suggested trains: leaving Walkden on the 9.37 to Manchester you have just a 10 minute wait at Victoria for the 10.08 to Leeds which arrives Hebden Bridge at 10.52.

There is an hourly service between Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria. The 16.45 from Hebden Bridge’s picturesque Victorian station (an attraction in its own right) gets back to Victoria at 17.30 – in good time fora coffee before getting the 18.12  back to Walkden.

Important – Service Disruptions: Engineering works between Manchester Victoria and Hebden Bridge may affect some Sunday services over the summer (for example services are due to be replaced by buses on Sunday 18th July).

Please check before travelling using National Rail Enquiries website (tip – click on the “Details” link for the trains you plan to travel on and check the “Travel By” column shows a picture of a train and not a bus!)

Sample Costs: Off-peak adult return is £9.30, or a bargain £13.90 for 2 adults thanks to Northern’s off-peak “Duo” offer.

Disclaimer: All information is correct to the best of our knowledge but we cannot be responsible for any errors, changes, or consequences thereof. Please check times, opening hours, and prices with the relevant providers before travelling.

If you have any suggestions for day trips using the new Sunday service, please drop us a line at friends@walkdenstation.org.uk

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