Hebden Bridge Walker’s Action, supported by Hebden Royd Town Council, Heptonstal Town Counci, Hebden Bridge Hostel and others proudly present…
the Hebden Bridge Loop
Ian, Richard, Mo, Dave & John launch the new waymark on the iconic Packhorse Bridge in the Centre of Hebden
PENNINE WAY LOOP COMING TO HEBDEN BRIDGE AND HEPTONSTALL
The Pennine Way was launched on April 24th 1965 making it 50 years old next year. Back then, Tom Stephenson, Pennine Way Pioneer and Planner, could not have seen the point in directing people though Hebden Bridge, at that time a depressed, polluted, half-empty ex-weaving town, much the same as the homes the walkers themselves hailed from. At the same time, there were proposals to pull down half of Heptonstall!
Richard Peters from Hebden Bridge Walkers Action (HBWA) comments; “Fast forward 50 years and the situation has changed totally, with Hebden Bridge becoming the first ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town and a known centre for excellent walking – as well as being an interesting, vibrant and quirky town in its own right. The fact that the Pennine Way doesn’t come through Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall now looks quite perverse. We are very excited about the new link route and expect it will be of real benefit to visitors to Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall.”
The proposed new way-marked link route is being developed by HBWA in partnership with Hebden Bridge Hostel. It will cost about £2,500. It is being funded by local town and Parish councils, Rotary, Walkers Action, Love the South Pennines and Friends of Calderdale Countryside. But there is a shortfall in funding.
Sponsor a waymark
Individuals can contribute by sponsoring a waymark – CROWS estimate the average cost is £5 with about 60 needed. To sponsor a waymark, people can just text CROW42£5 to 70070.
Information about the new route and how it is progressing can be found on the Pennine Way page of Hebden Bridge Walkers Action website www.hbwalkersaction.org.uk , a map and detailed directions will be available on the new Hebden Bridge Loop website, www.hebdenbridgeloop.org.uk
The launch, Saturday April 25th, 50 years and a day after the Pennine Way was officially opened the launch of the Hebden Bridge Loop starts at Hebden Bridge railway station at 10.35 am. We will walk the whole loop, but people can just do a section. At points along the way there will be a range of entertainment. Check back here for details nearer the date.