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Reviewed on 28 Oct 2020
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The quirky town of Hebden Bridge has long attracted artists and writers. Maybe it's the jumble of 18th-century stone cottages and historical sites, or perhaps it's the gorgeous surrounding countryside. To explore the town's arty background, you can amble around the galleries and take in the locally-inspired works. It's a laid-back place, with quaint pavement cafes and independent bistros that celebrate local produce and cooking techniques. When you stay in one of the Hebden Bridge bed and breakfasts, you don't need to confine yourself to the town. If you bring your walking boots, you can set off along the hiking trails that wind through the steep forested valleys, nearby.
When it comes to accommodation, you can't do better than Hebden Bridge bed and breakfasts. While you could score one of the hotels, you simply can't beat the friendly atmosphere and warm welcome of a B&B. Plus, many of the hosts have been running their properties for years and are a great source of knowledge when it comes to things to see and places to eat. The properties come in all shapes and sizes. Some are stone-built Victorian terraces with private gardens and just a handful of guestrooms. Others have updated in recent years and offer boutique-style accommodation that gives even the hotels a run for their money. If you'd prefer to stay closer to nature, you could nab one of the country cottages just outside town. It doesn't matter what style of property you're after or what your budget is, you'll always find a B&B that fits the bill on Expedia, which lists every property, along with detailed descriptions and photos. All you need to do is filter the results by budget, location and dates, then book your favourite in just a few clicks.
Every guestroom in Hebden Bridge bed and breakfasts is different – that's the charm of a B&B – but many come equipped with all the amenities you might find in a hotel. There is plenty of storage for your things, a kettle for making hot drinks and a comfortable double bed wrapped in freshly pressed sheets. On the wall, you'll usually find a flat-screen TV, perhaps linked to a DVD player, and in the ensuite bathroom, you'll find fresh towels and, sometimes, toiletries. While you're looking around on Expedia, try to pick one of the guestrooms that have views over the river and bridge, the perfect sight to wake up to in the morning. Come daybreak, there'll always be a hearty breakfast waiting for you downstairs, with things like full English fry-ups or bowls of porridge. Rather have a city break? Why not try a few nights exploring the things to do in Manchester, instead?
Standing proudly over Hebden Bridge is Hardcastle Crags, a beautiful swathe of the South Pennines made up of 400 acres of woodland, criss-crossed by 15 miles of walking trails. While you're there, don't miss spotting Gibson Mill. Then there's the Rochdale Canal, which is plied by narrowboats and lined with pretty towpaths. Back in town, you can't miss gawping at the Packhorse Bridge, which has spanned the River Calder for more than 500 years. Those interested in the arts are in luck. The Little Theatre has a year-round schedule of performances, plays and musicals, plus – if you visit in June and July – you can immerse yourself in the annual Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, you could always duck into the Picture House to watch an indie or foreign language film. Afterwards, why not give your credit card a bruising in the high street? It's packed with independent stores and craft shops.