Best Foot Forward: Hebden Bridge

Memorial Park, Hebden Bridge
Memorial Park, Hebden Bridge

This week, courtesy of www.casualramblers.co.uk, we explore Hebden Bridge with three strolls around the town centre.

Walk 1: Town centre to Fallingroyd and back

Canal, Hebden Bridge

Canal, Hebden Bridge

One and a half miles, One hour at a slow pace; easy surface but muddy after rain.

Start at Hebden Bridge Tourist Information Centre. Walk past the cinema and turn left into Memorial Gardens.

Cross the canal, and turn left to enter the park (using steps or slope). Walk through the park, with canal on your left.

At the end of the park turn right to pass the train station.

Canal, Hebden Bridge

Canal, Hebden Bridge

Turn right under the railway bridge.

Pass the signal box. Take the track near the railway, which passes houses and enters a beech wood.

At the path end, cross back over the railway. Ahead is an old mill, once Walkey’s clog factory. Before the river bridge, turn sharp left to join the hard-surfaced cycleway.

At the end of the cycleway, turn right past the stonemasons’ yard. Join the canal towpath to walk back to the town centre.

St George's Square, Hebden Bridge

St George's Square, Hebden Bridge

Walk 2: Packhorse Bridge circular

30 to 45 minutes, Three quarters of a mile gentle road walking. Suitable for buggies and

wheelchairs.

Start at the 500 year old packhorse bridge in the centre of Hebden Bridge. Walk down Bridge Gate. Turn left beyond the Shoulder of Mutton to cross the river.

St George's Square, Hebden Bridge

St George's Square, Hebden Bridge

Take the riverside walkway to the right, just over the bridge. At the end of the walkway, turn left and immediately right, and continue along Valley Road.

Follow the road round as it becomes Victoria Road. Continue, turning right just past the new houses. Then turn left, to find Foster Bridge, another

packhorse bridge.

At the bridge, you can choose to walk a little further if you wish, taking the riverside walk.

Return from Foster Bridge, continuing this time straight ahead until you reach the traffic lights at Keighley Road. Turn right, and walk steadily

downhill into town.

Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge

Walk 3. Canal path to Stubbing Wharf

One hour, one and a half miles involving one set of steps.

Start at Hebden Bridge Tourist Information Centre. Walk past the cinema, and turn left into Memorial Gardens.

Cross the canal, and turn right.➋ Cross back over the canal, and take the towpath over the river aqueduct. Continue on the towpath past the Alternative Technology Centre. Stay on the towpath, passing Stubbing Lower and Upper locks.

At the Stubbing Wharf pub, turn back on the little road immediately parallel to the towpath, into the cul de sac of houses called Stubbing Square.

Turn left down a small set of steps and immediately right on a path beside the river Calder. Continue past terraced houses and a mill.

As the road bends left, continue ahead beside the river, to cross it on a small footbridge. You will meet the main road near the Co-op.