Af­ter the del­uge

Last year the heav­ens opened in the Calder Val­ley, the area is very much back in busi­ness.

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chic. It has been de­scribed as mod­ern and stylish in an un­con­ven­tional way, but I can’t see that.

What I can see is a small town that is as much a de­light to visit as chanc­ing upon a vil­lage in the Pyre­nees af­ter driv­ing around in the hills. Heb­den Bridge is one of those places that when you see the pack­horse bridge, dat­ing back to 1510, that gives the town its name you can­not fail to be trans­ported back into the time when this was the main thor­ough­fare for cloth and food; and when you see the canal with its brightly coloured long­boats there is a very real sense of this be­ing a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

In an in­de­pen­dent poll it was rated the fourth “quirki­est” place to live in the world, but the lo­cals can’t have been best pleased with the word and have latched on to it be­ing “funki­est”.

Quirky should not be seen as a deroga­tory term for the town, af­ter all it has one of the quirki­est types of build­ings any­where in the UK due to its steep set­ting. They are called “top and bot­tom” houses and of­ten have four floors, but the house is di­vided into two with the bot­tom two floors hav­ing a door­way out to the road and the top two floors hav­ing a door­way out of the back. Th­ese are not con­ven­tional townhouses.

Just a mile and a half to the east of Heb­den Bridge is Mytholm­royd – home of clogs and the birth­place of for­mer poet lau­re­ate Ted Hughes.

Hughes only lived here un­til he was seven years of age, at No.1 Aspinall Street, but his mem­ory lives on in the town thanks

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