An unconventional centre of a distinctly non-metropolitan arts scene; annual events include eight festivals (music, arts & poetry). The pretty cobbled streets are overflowing with pop-up galleries, independent book & craft shops. The local picture house, also broadcasts live events from major stand-up comedians to international music acts. Real ale & music lovers are catered for & the Trades Club hosts international artists such as Patti Smith & Laura Marling. There is excellent walking with the Calderdale Way & Pennine Way & its latest extension the Hebden Bridge Loop. Hardcastle Crags, owned by the NT, is a must see. The Rochdale Canal winds its way through, with a towpath that offering walks, cycling & is perfect for picnics. Ideally positioned between two national parks, a fine walk or scenic drive can take you to Bronte Country, with its steam railway of ‘Railway Children’ fame to ‘Top Withins’ the inspiration for ‘Wuthering Heights’. Shop, pub & restaurant 200 yards.