Hebden Bridge is a remarkable town in the Calderdale area, eight miles west of Halifax, at the confluence of the River Calder and Hebden Water. In the past few decades it has transformed itself from a declining textile town to a focus for tourism and has seen an influx of artists, writers, photographers, musicians and other creative people.
The village takes its name from the packhorse bridge built across Hebden water in 1510.
Because of the town's setting in a steep-sided valley, the consequent shortage of building land led in former days to the building of "double-deck" houses known as over and under dwellings. These were houses built in terraces with 4 - 5 storeys built one on top of the other, the lower storeys facing downhill and the upper storeys being a separate dwelling facing uphill.
The Rochdale Canal winds through Hebden Bridge on its 32 mile journey from Manchester to Sowerby Bridge, passing through some of the country's most fascinating industrial archaeology and awe-inspiring Pennine scenery.
The Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, a fantastic mix of theatre, music, dance, film and art, is held annually. The 2012 Festival will run from 28th June to 8 July 2012.OS grid reference SD 993 273
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Local attractionsNot far away is the National Trust property of Hardcastle Crags a beautiful wooded valley which has been called Britain's "Little Switzerland". There are guided walks and other activities throughout the year.
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