I mean walks where you do not have to wear special clothes and which do not last all day. This list is not exclusive. From the centre of Hebden Bridge you can walk to Hardcastle Crags.
– The highest point to Far Moorside is Crow Hill. It is a walk for a fine day.
– By crossing High Stones Road at Moor End Farm one can walk for miles on the green lanes, once used by pack horses and farm carts.
Cottonstones is a good place to end up as it has a more gentle climate and the Alma Inn serving pizzas with a lovely view.
– By walking from Far Moorside along Coppy Nook Lane and taking any right turn one can reach Cragg Vale. Do not attempt it with a pram as the last part is steep.
From Far Moorside any of these walks are possible and enjoyable on horseback or bicycle and you can go much further with a map.
Going West from the farm by bike and crossing the B6138 at Cragg Vale, follow a route by the Hinchliffe Restaurant up the hill towards Stoodley Pike. There are many interesting and quite challenging cycle routes, some of which lead to the next valley and Todmorden.
Places to Eat and Drink
The nearest places to eat and drink are The Robin Hood in Cragg Vale or the Church Stile in Sowerby. Both are pubs selling food. The Hinchliffe in Cragg Vale is under new management and reputed to be friendly with good food. Further afield in Hebden Bridge there is a vast array of so I will recommend the Olive Branch, a Turkish restaurant open at lunchtime serving excellent food at very reasonable prices. At the expensive but gourmet en, have dinner at Gimbals in Sowerby Bridge but book. The White Lion in Hebden Bridge is popular and so is the Works in Sowerby Bridge both for lunch and dinner.
Hebden Bridge has plenty of small cafes, many vegetarian. Last years floods have put many places out of business, and there are always new ones starting up, but if you are in Sowerby Bridge and want a good cup of coffee or a scone go to Gabriel’s on the main road opposite the statue of the lock-keeper.
Ripponden and Rishworth are both locally well known for pubs and restaurants. Here are some to try – El Gato Nero (evenings) The Beehive, The Fleece and The Old Bridge are all within a 6 mile radius and have stood the test of time. For Indian food, Syhiba in Sowerby Bridge has a good reputation and Bradford is the home of Mumtaz (no alcohol).
Further afield in Halifax Dean Clough Mills has a huge and good restaurant and art gallery with frequently changing exhibitions. Dean Clough is a vast complex of many mills, all now reclaimed and put to use by local businesses, losing nothing of the majestic scale envisioned by the first owners.
I have mentioned Salt’s Mills; this is another huge mill built by Titus Salt the populariser of alpaca as the material of choice for Victorian outers garments. Titus Salt became rich with his popular fibre and used his money to enrich the lives of his workers, by housing them in a model village, Saltaire, where he provided up to date standards of housing in an attractively landscaped environment. There was scope for plenty of leisure activities, meeting places, gardens, a specially lovely chapel but no pub. The mill was also designed along enlightened principles, as spacious and airy as was possible to be in a manufacturing situation.
To reach Salt’s Mill ( take the A6037 out of Bradford) is worth a visit; shoping on three floors; there is a grand section of work by local makers; books ands artists’ materials, with changing exhibitions and a restaurant. In another mill building are 2 interesting shops, one a cyclist’s paradise and the other a music shop selling every musical instrument.
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