Hebden Vale - Heptonstall Moor - Heptonstall

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After a brief detour into the National Trust woodland of Hebden Vale, this walk settles into the easy walking of the main track through this breathtaking wooded valley. Passing the historic remains of Gibson Mill and the unusual rocky outcrops of Hardcastle Crags, the walk follows the valley upwards and eventually out into open country, where the views back over Calderdale are stunning.

After a few kilometres along the Pennine Way over Heptonstall Moor, which is typical peat moorland, the walk visits the beautiful little dell of Colden Water, before leaving the Pennine Way in favour of the Calderdale Way. The last stretch of the Calderdale Way is definitely not for those with vertigo, passing as it does along a dizzying clifftop overlooking Hebden Bridge, before running through the pretty village of Heptonstall, with its two churches (one a ruin, but still worth a visit), museum and excellent pubs. From here it's only a short walk back to the car park.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Pennines


Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Museum, National Trust, Nature Trail, Pub, River, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
6/2/2012 - Steve Barnes

Walk completed May 2012. Directions and descriptions still spot on. Do echo Rogers comments for waymarks 15 & 16, however after making the error here its still v.easy to recover. Some boggy areas on Heptonstall Moor but after a month of rain still very navigable ! Enjoyed - Thanks.

7/7/2009 - John Anderson

Did this walk today with my son in law and we both enjoyed the day. What great views there are to take in and a good lunch at the pub in Heptonstall. Highly recommend this walk.

4/13/2009 - Roger Denison

Take care between points 15 & 16. The Pennine Way path you join at 15 does not appear to deviate towards a farmhouse and there is no indication or sign to tell you that you are no longer on the PW as you continue your merry way towards Slack. So when you see the farmhouse in the distance to the right go for it regardless of signage!

12/14/2007 - Barry Smith

One of my favourite walks! I also used to take Cub Scouts camping here at Hebden Vale Scout Camp, so happy memories too! Gibson Mill is now open again to the public and has been extensivly refurbished ans taken over by The National Trust. Well worth a visit. More here http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-hardcastlecrags/w-hardcastlecrags-gibsonmill_project.htm

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