Heptonstall

Heptonstall
Heptonstall. Two Churches in one churchyard.

Hepptonstall gives you a feel for what Haworth must’ve been like before the tea rooms arrived, and the twinned churchyard of St Thomas a Becket and the new Church of Saint Thomas is a good place to picnic beside a gravestone (Edith Plath’s, if you can find it).

Heptonstall, the original Church of St Thoman a Beckett
Heptonstall, the original Church of St Thoman a Beckett

Morbid? Not at all – why not dine in memory of whoever’s name is on the stone, for which they’ll surely thank you.

Hebden Bridge. Great views as you schlepp up The Buttress to Heptonstall
Hebden Bridge. Great views as you schlepp up The Buttress to Heptonstall

To make this a full day out, you’ll need to add Hebden Bridge to the mix (which is where you need to park anyhow… for free? On the top road down the side of the Co-op, just across the canal!). But Hebden Bridge is no hardship because it’s one of the most handsome and interesting towns in the North.

Hebden Bridge
Hebden Bridge

If you have a National Trust card, there’s much to return here for in the shape of Hardcastle Crags.
Or you can get the bus to the top of the hill from the center of Hebden Bridge.

To get to Heptonstall, get yourself a free map from the tourist office, cross over the bridge in the center of Hebden Bridge, and walk up The Buttress (see map below) which cuts a cobbled path to the top of the hill.
Its steep, so check your pacemaker before setting off on the climb. Make sure to pack your flask for when you get to the top.