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Hebden Bridge – Everything you need to know about the Greatest Town in Europe !!

By Karthika Selvakumar - July 23, 2020
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Hebden Bridge – The Greatest Town in Europe. Wondering why? Well, It has its reputation for being quirky, very arty and the most LGBTQ-friendly small town in the world. It is also named as ‘one of the world’s funkiest towns’ by British Airway’s High Life magazine. Situated in Upper Calder Valley in West Yorkshire of England, it is labelled as the market town as well.

Hebden Bridge is an obvious destination for those wanting to escape the cities. Life here can be a fine mixture of urban and rural. Since the 1970s, This town has been progressing. A huge population of creative people migrated there to live, work and to take advantage of the inexpensive housing at the time.

Explore more reasons for why Hebden Bridge is named the Greatest town in Europe..!!

Hebden bridge
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6 Reasons to adore Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge is a glorious place to visit – home to a wondrous mix of independent shops and plenty of coffee & cake. It is popular with ramblers, cyclists, tourists, families, skateboarders, artists, buskers, dogs and ducks!

There are numerous special places in town including the award-winning Trades Club for music lovers, Art deco Picture House community cinema, and Community hub at the Town Hall.

Join me in exploring more!!

 

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1. The Picture house

Undoubtedly, The picture house happens to be the main place for entertainment. Not only among the tourists but for the residents, mill workers and weavers too and it contributes highly to the heritage of Hebden Bridge. It displays almost 25 films each month and the films range from Hollywood mainstream to art-house and foreign language films.

2. Alluring countryside

Hebden Bridge is a beautiful little village. Being set between steeply wooded areas, the countryside surrounding Hebden Bridge is beautiful. There is Rochdale canal running past the village – offering boat trip, and a river that runs right through the centre of the village crossed with quaint little humped bridges. The countryside is on your doorstep with endless possibilities for walking and exploring!!

3. Hardcastle Crags

Hardcastle Crags is one of the most picturesque destinations to head to for circumventing yourself with nature, but you’ll find resplendent countryside whichever direction you set off in. It’s the abode of the northern pilar wood ant as well as tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and stacks of millstone grit, all crisscrossed by more than 15 miles of footpaths.

Hardcastle Crags
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4. Community spirit

Hebden bridge happens to be the exemplification for pure community spirit. This came to limelight after the Boxing Day floods that devastated the area in 2015. The locals all converged to avail each other and to recuperate beloved buildings after the floodwaters had cleared, reminding everyone how cordial this town authentically is.

5. Famously A Safe Home For Gay Men, Women And Allies

Hebden Bridge also happens to be the lesbian capital of the United Kingdom. It verbally expressed to have more lesbians per square foot than anywhere else in the country. One of the most inclusive towns in the whole country, this place is welcoming where people are emboldened to be themselves.

6. Love of the arts

If you like the arts, this is the place to be. Hebden Bridge Arts Festival takes place every June/July. Organisers will be teaming up for The Handmade Parade which will process through the town from noon and meet the Arts Festival in Calder Holmes Park for an extravaganza of street regalement

Dancers, Handmade Parade in Hebden bridge
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