3.7 of 5 (25 votes)

Haworth to Hebden Bridge

A moderate walk (moorland) starting and finishing in West Yorkshire, England, about 13.80km (8.57 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 328m (1076ft)
Descent 403m (1322ft)
Max. Elevation 430m (1410ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 731m (2398ft)
Hebden Bridge
Distance 13.80km
Duration ~5:00h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 02 Jan 2010
The South Pennines are perfect car-free walking territory. The towns of Lancashire and Yorkshire crowd in on either side, providing plenty of access to the wild moors in between. This walk, between the pretty villages of Haworth and Hebden Bridge, takes you across some of the finest scenery in the region, including Crimsworth Dean Beck. There are regular trains and buses from either end, making getting there and away a piece of cake. Regular buses run between the two towns as well.

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Start from Haworth, a pleasant little tourist hotspot in West Yorkshire and famous for its connections with the Bronte sisters. Regular buses run here, and you can even arrive by steam train in the summer months!
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Footpaths leave Haworth in all directions, so it can be a bit tricky to get the right path. Head for Penistone Hill, from where a marked path will take you to Hebden Bridge.
About 1.25 km (~0.78 miles) from
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The path winds through the farms around Haworth Moor and past Leeshaw Reservoir.
About 1.83 km (~1.14 miles) from
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The route heads along Bodkin Lane and over Stairs Hill. There aren't any though, so you will have to plod up the hill to Top of Stairs, the high point of the route.
About 1.82 km (~1.13 miles) from
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The walk drops into the northern end of Crimsworth Dean. Cross Paddock Beck at Grain Water Bridge and climb again up the western side of the valley.
About 1.45 km (~0.9 miles) from
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One route continues along Middle Dean into Hebden Bridge. But a better, slightly longer route, is to leave the path at Hardibut Clough and take the path beneath Shackleton Knoll.
About 0.89 km (~0.55 miles) from
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The last stretch of the walk is perhaps the most enjoyable - the woody riverside of Hebden Dale, which is owned by the National Trust. Follow Hebden Water past crags and cotton mills in this wonderful little valley.
About 1.93 km (~1.2 miles) from
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Cross the river where it meets Crimsworth Dean Beck at New Bridge. Follow the path through the woodland on the western side of the river into Hebden Bridge.
About 2.13 km (~1.32 miles) from
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The walk ends at the 'gateway to the Pennines', Hebden Bridge. Lots of places to eat, drink and rest here - it's a place where hippies headed in the 1960s, so organic lentil burgers aplenty. For options, visit www.hebdenbridge.co.uk/tourist-info
About 2.05 km (~1.27 miles) from

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