Hebden Bridge Lesbian Break: Moderate


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4 nights
Event Category:
Walking Holiday
Group size:
Minimum 5 Maximum 12
Holiday Dates
7 - 11 August 2024, Wed - Sun
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Walk Grade
Deposit Required
10% deposit within 7 days of booking / balance 10 weeks in advance

There’s no better place for a Her Out on a Hill walking holiday than the lesbian capital of the north, Hebden Bridge!   Super lesbian friendly, home to artists and small independent shops, and surrounded by the beautiful and wild Pennine hills and moorland.

The Hebden Bridge hills make for terrific walking. There are endless drystone walls, ancient packhorse paths, wooded valleys and wild moorlands.  There is also much interesting history, the area having been at the centre of the early textile industry – long since vanished but the landscape still resonates with this early trade.   Each day starts with a walk upwards out of the valley, the footpaths can be a little rough underfoot, the ground can be muddy, and there will be various stone stiles and steps to tackle.   But the views are terrific and certainly reward the effort.

Your guide is Jo who is not only an experienced walking guide but has also lived in Hebden Bridge for the last 20 years.   She knows the area really well and enjoys sharing information about its local history and culture.

We will have exclusive use of the recently refurbished and comfortable IOU hostel where single occupancy dormitories are available. You can also choose to share for a discount of £100 per person. However, if there is nobody to share the dorm, the single occupancy rate will be applied.

We will have our own cook on site and breakfast, packed lunch and 3 evening meals are included. Please note that the hostel is a vegetarian space so all food consumed on site will comply. On one evening, we will head out into Hebden Bridge to eat together to experience one of the local eateries.

Itinerary  (subject to change) –   each walk will be between 8-10 miles, with 300-400 metres ascent/descent

Day 1  Arrival day – there will be a short stroll through local woodland and then a walk down to explore the centre of Hebden Bridge.

Day 2  We will walk up to the historic village of Heptonstall and then out over fields heading west on the Calderdale Way towards Todmorden.   There will be fine views over the local moorland, a walk to blow away the cobwebs.  We can catch a local bus back to Hebden Bridge.

Day 3  This will be a walk through woods and then ‘over the tops’ to nearby Haworth, home of the Brontes.   Once there, you can either enjoy a relaxing cuppa and a stroll through the village, or visit the Bronte Parsonage museum.   A local bus will take us back to Hebden Bridge over a dramatic moorland road.

Day 4   A walk rising uphill to the imposing landmark of Stoodley Pike which stands at 400 metres and dominates the local landscape.  Then looping back to Hebden Bridge for refreshments.

Day 5  Departure day.   There will be a shorter optional walk for those who do not need to head off home immediately. We will finish by 2pm at the latest.

£595 single occupancy ensuite dormitory; £100 discount per person in a twin shared ensuite dormitory Price includes: 4 nights' hostel accommodation; breakfast and packed lunch; afternoon tea and cake; 3 x 2 course evening meals; guided walks with fully qualified local guide; transport as required for the walks Not included: Travel to venue; 1 evening meal (this will be arranged by your guide); personal expenses; insurance
Walks are between 8 and 10 miles with around 300 / 400 metres of ascent. The tracks can be rocky, uneven and possibly muddy underfoot.
Jo Bird has been guiding women's walking holidays for a number of years and also runs a fabulous B&B in Hebden Bridge. She has a passion for walking and the outdoors and is keen to share her love of the hills and coast.
The IOU Hebden Bridge Hostel was fully refurbished in 2022 to a high standard with 14 ensuite rooms / dorms. The hostel is ten minutes walking distance above the town in a peaceful woodland setting, nestled into the hillside and part of the historic Birchcliffe Centre. There is plenty of space to relax both inside and out. https://hebdenbridgehostel.org/accommodation/
Hebden Bridge Hostel, The Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge HX7 8DG Public Transport Hebden Bridge is well connected with trains running regularly to Manchester, Bradford and Leeds. The hostel is a fifteen-minute walk away from the train station, and the 595 Bus departs from the station and stops outside the Birchcliffe Centre and Hostel. Taxis Valley +44 (0)1422 844070 Hebden Cars +44 (0)1422 845555 By car /on foot From Hebden Bridge town centre or Commercial Street, walk or drive up Birchcliffe Road. Please note, the postcode will take you to Chapel Avenue on the left, ignore that and take the next left into Highfield, just after the Birchcliffe Centre (former Chapel). If driving, please park in the Upper Car Park. The Hostel is located to the rear of The Birchcliffe Centre. From the Upper Car Park, take one of the paths on the left down the hill and find the Hostel at the back of the former Chapel. If walking, walk up Highfield to the Lower Car Park, follow the path down to the Hostel.


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  • 07/08/2024
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