Hebden Bridge 1 – Canalside

According to the ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ website, Hebden Bride is ‘a market town in the Upper Calder Valley in West Yorkshire. It is 8 miles west of Halifax and 14 miles north-east of Rochdale, at the confluence of the River Calder and the Hebden Water. The town is the largest settlement in the civil parish of Hebden Royd.’

I visited the town in June 2021 as a place for a photo walk.

I went by train and, before I took many photos in the town, I walked up steep steps to Heptonstall, took some photos, walked back down, then walked up a long, steep road to Pecket Well, before returning for lunch in the town.

On this page of the photobook, the images are all from the canalside at Hebden Bridge. I’ll post the shots that I took in Heptonstall and Pecket Well on a later page.

As you may imagine from the photos on this page, the town is very popular with artists, photographers, writers and New Age activists. It has also been named as the Gay capital of Yorkshire. The town has been used in television series such as ‘Happy Valley’ and ‘Meet the Richardsons’.

Locals and tourists alike gather to enjoy the canalside atmosphere and views.

I took the image above from beside Hebden Bridge’s eponymous bridge.

Narrowboats pass through, or are hired for tourist trips, and they add to the colourful atmosphere on a sunny day.

On a day such as I arrived on, it’s nice though to find shade when you’re walking.

As a bridge hunter, I had to take a photograph here.

Author: writingandphotography0531

My name is Gerald Murphy. I am a retired local government officer. At the time of my retirement I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I had previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My main hobby is photography and, until 2016, hillwalking in Snowdonia. Sciatica has put an end to mountain walks and, as a carer for my wife, opportunities for photography excursions are now more limited. Since July 2022, I have started using this site as a photobook.

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