The University of York Outdoor Society

Outdoor Society

Week 7: Sunday Walk in Hebden Bridge

Known as the "Pennine Centre", Hebden Bridge takes its name from the packhorse bridge over Hebden Water. The town developed in late medieval times as a river-crossing and meeting point of packhorse routes from Halifax to Heptonstall, Burnley and Rochdale. Hebden Bridge is a small quaint town in the heart of the West Yorkshire countryside. Through the village flows the Rochdale Canal which used to be used to bring goods from the area to other parts of the UK. It is known for its weaving mills where many clothes were manufactured in the second world war. Its nickname "Trouser Town"!!

Of course surrounding the town are acres of moorland for exploring. Just a few miles north, is the national trust site of Hardcastle Crags, a beautiful wooded valley with tumbling rivers and cascading waterfalls. Hebden Bridge is also famous for the significant number of New Age artists originating from here and is named the 4th Quirkiest place to visit in the UK by British Airways!

"There is a wealth of countryside to explore around this Yorkshire town, and I only wish I had more than a day to explore the range of beauty and nature."

We'll take a coach to Hebden Bridge, and from there split into two groups, one group takes a medium-length walk whilst the second group take on a larger route. Both walks are preplanned and lead by our trained walk leaders.

Medium walks are generally between 6 and 8 miles (10-13 km) long, and tend to be at a reasonably gentle pace and always include a stop for a pub lunch. Long walks are slightly more challenging and are between 10 and 12 miles (16-19 km) long and don't include a pub lunch but instead stop for a packed lunch along the way. At 4.00pm all the groups meet back at the coach and return back to the University, arriving no later than 6.00pm.

A view around Hebden Bridge

What to Bring

We run both medium and long walks - if you choose the medium walk, please bring cash for a pub lunch, as not all places take card payments, and if you choose to do the long walk, please bring a packed lunch, as there is no guarantee that you'll be able to buy food when we get there.

Please wear appropriate clothing for a walk in the Yorkshire countryside! Walking boots are best, but if you don't have any, sturdy trainers should be fine. Also please avoid wearing jeans, because they get very unpleasant to wear when it rains. As this is Yorkshire, you should always be prepared for rain. No matter HOW sunny it looks, you should bring waterproofs or other appropriate wet weather gear.


These walks are open to everyone, the prices are as follows: Members pay £12.00, and non-members pay £14.00. To book a place on the trip, ticket can be purchased from the YUSU website.

Tickets for the long and medium walks go on sale from Monday of the given timetable week. Everyone purchases the same ticket, and if you're not a member, we'll ask for an extra £2 on the day before getting on the coach.

When and Where to Meet Us

We meet near the benches outside the Roger Kirk Centre in James College at 8.45am.

Arrival time back to campus varies depending on where we are walking but we're normally back between 5pm and 6pm.