Hebden Bridge is a cool little town on the edge of the Pennines in Yorkshire. It’s a 500-year-old former mill town that by the 60s was apparently dying after the British textile industry collapsed, only to undergo a rebirth in the 70s and 80s as uni students, artists and hippies moved in (see http://www.hebdenbridge.co.uk).
Hebden has a feel that reminds me of Bellingen – a lack of chain stores, alternative energy, cafes, culture, the feeling that it’s slowly getting more gentrified.
We stayed at the great little B&B Kersal House and enjoyed chatting with well-travelled and well-read hosts Maggie and Ron (and eating Ron’s breakfasts, black pudding optional).
Both of the nights we strolled along the canal and enjoyed huge meals at the Stubbing Wharf (plus great beer, local brew Wobbly Bob being my pick).