8. Hebden Bridge
It’s known for its welcoming atmosphere, quirkiness and creativity, and has been named as ‘one of the world’s funkiest towns’. Unlike other towns, it has no chain stores on its main street as bying local is a way of life here.
Hebden Bridge has a great location being perfectly positioned between Leeds and Manchester. The beautiful countryside is on your doorstep with endless possibilities for walking and exploring, Hardcastle Crags being one of the most picturesque destinations to head.
The picturesque Rochdale Canal runs through the heart of Hebden Bridge, providing a beautiful walkway on sunny days. Walk towards Todmorden along the canal to admire the colourful barges, and have a pint outside the Stubbing Wharf pub and simply enjoy the scenery.These 3 photos are from Suzanne
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9. Howarth (Haworth)
is a bit confusing as both names are used. The correct name is
Haworth but the place is more known as Howarth.
Haworth is a hilltop village situated above the Worth Valley on the edge of the Pennine moors. It is famous for its connection with the Brontë sisters, who wrote most of their famous works while living at the Haworth Parsonage which is now a museum owned and maintained by the Brontë Society.
Brontë Bridge, https://www.flickr.com/photos/kingsley_allison/36612015511
public footpaths lead out of the village, and there is much scope for
rambling, though perhaps the most famous walk leads past Lower Laithe
Reservoir to the picturesque (but unspectacular) Bronte
Falls, the Bronte
Bridge, and the Bronte
Stone Chair in which (it is said) the sisters took turns to
sit and write their first stories. This path (which forms part of the
64 km long Bronte
Way) then leads out of the valley and up on the moors to Top
Withens, a desolate ruin which was (reputedly) the setting for
Heathcliff's farmstead in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering
Withens can also be reached by a shorter walking route
departing from the nearby village of Stanbury.) Also nearby is Ponden
Hall (which is believed to be the house called Thrushcross
Grange in "Wuthering
Other attractions include the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, an authentic preserved steam railway which has been used as a setting for numerous period films and TV series.
10. Fountains Abbey
The dramatic abbey
ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country.
Step back into a rich and dramatic past and imagine what life would
have been like for the monks who first came here all those years ago.
The abbey was founded in 1132 by 13 Benedictine monks seeking to live a devout and simple lifestyle. The monks used lay brothers (workers) which enabled the Abbey to become wealthy. However, they were affected by Black Death, bad harvests and raids from the Scots.
The Abbey was abruptly closed down in 1539 in the Dissolution of the Monasteries ordered by Henry VIII. It has been in private hands but is now owned by The National Trust (since 1983).