The Calder Valley has a rich industrial heritage as well as being home to distinguished literary figures. Ted Hughes lived in neighbouring Mytholmroyd and was inspired to write much of his material whilst walking on the surrounding hills. The village of Haworth can be found 8 miles away across wild, majestic moorland. One of its main attractions is the Parsonage, which was home to the Bronte family and is now a world famous museum.
It is because of Calderdale’s stunning landscape and close proximity to town and country, that the area lends itself so well to film and television. Feature films such as Helen of Four Gates (1920) and Fanny and Elvis (1999) have, historically showcased the beauty of the area. In more recent times, the area’s dramatic backdrop has created the perfect setting for Sally Wainright’s highly acclaimed Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax. Keen-eyed visitors to Hebden Bridge and surrounding villages will be able to spot shops, cafes, pubs and houses used in both series.
In the picturesque Shibden Valley, situated half a mile from Halifax, Shibden Hall dates back to 1420, and was the home of the infamous Anne Lister, recently immortalised in the BBC’s Gentleman Jack, and where much of the series was filmed. The house and grounds are open to the public and well worth visiting.
Hebden Bridge hosts an annual arts and music festival which attracts the best national and international artists and performers each summer, for a celebration of music, comedy, drama, dance, literature and visual arts.
Outdoor pursuits such as rambling, fell running and mountain biking can all be enjoyed in the vicinity with the Pennine Way traversing the valley some 2 miles outside Hebden Bridge towards Todmorden. For those who wish to travel a little further afield, there are excellent road and rail links to the many historic places of interest in the region, with York, Leeds, Bradford and the Dales all being easily accessible.
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Whatever the season, whatever your holiday needs / requirements, Hebden Bridge is a wonderful little place in which to be based.