With hubby on a weekend off and the sun shining in the clear, but very cold sky, hubby and I took ourselves off to discover Hebden Bridge - which according to THIS ARTICLE is the 4th Funkiest town in the world. Even though it is in my own county (albeit in West Yorkshire) it is somewhere I have never been and always wanted to explore.
It didn't disappoint. It is a really lovely and unique town. Built around the mills that sprung up on the river Calder, the town has many relics from its industrial past. I was fascinated by the unique houses in the valley (but forgot to photograph them!). Because they needed to build a lot of houses for the mill workers, and there was no where flat to build them, they built them into the hillsides, so they were several storeys high. 2 houses were built into 1. The first house (the over dwelling) would be accessed from the front, the other house (under dwelling) was accessed from the back.
The valley has exceptionally steep sides but manages to fit in a road, canal, river and railway running through it - as well as the town.
Old mills have been utilised as shops and residences. They have managed to keep a real atmosphere here by using the old buildings.
It is typical of many West Yorkshire towns that have homes clinging to the sides of very very steep hills - so pretty on this very frosty morning.
The town has a great selection of very individual and independently owned shops, fabulous charity shops and great eateries of all sizes and descriptions.
There are so many relics from when this would have been a very prosperous industrial town.
This little shop was like stepping back in time. The lady who owned it informed me that they were opening a wartime cafe at the end of November. She said it was going to be truly authentic - so I will be going back to see!
We found ourselves too short on time and would have loved to explore the area a bit more - so a return visit will be on the cards when we have more daylight hours.