Pennine Way loop

Tom Stephenson 1960's
Tom Stephenson, founder of the Pennine Way, in the 1960’s

We launched the Hebden Bridge loop of The Pennine Way on April 25th 2015 (see news item): the 50th anniversary, near as dammit, of the launch of the Pennine Way. Details of the loop’s route with map and directions are on a separate pageWe also welcome your feedback, to help us maintain the route.

Why produce a route into Hebden Bridge?  Several thousand people walk the Pennine Way each year with many more doing day walks. A small number do visit or stay in Hebden Bridge and they often ask how they get back on the route (reported by Hebden Bridge Hostel).  So we hope the economic impact on Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall will be considerable, and that the status of the town as a Walkers are Welcome town will be consolidated.

The 'brains' behind the loop
The ‘brains’ behind the loop

Funding and supporters

The Loop cost £2500 to complete the project. Our main funders were:

  • Hebden Royd Town Council
  • Friends of Calderdale Countryside
  • Hebden Bridge Rotary Club
  • Love the South Pennines (Pennine Prospects)
  • Hebden Bridge Walkers Action
  • Calder Ward Forum
  • Heptonstall Parish council

Individual and business contributors:

  • Jane and Carol from Old Town
  • Mountain Wild
  • Rohan
  • Linda Patterson
  • Beech House B&B
  • Mount Skip B&B
  • Watergate Tearooms
  • Char March
  • Old Chamber B&B
  • Calderdale Terraces B&B
  • Old Town B&B
  • Thorncliffe B&B
  • P & J Murphy
  • Siddalls
  • Prospect B&B
  • Gwen Goddard
  • Kim Green
  • Valley Organics Workers Co-op

Snow ear Stoodley Pike
This was taken at Swillington below Stoodley Pike in 2013. You can just about make out the top of the finger post!

Feedback on the route

We want people walking the route to send us feedback (good and bad). We have a budget to maintain the route so we want to know about any improvements that need doing:

  • Drainage issues
  • Waymarking
  • vegetation cutting back
  • Problems with gates and stiles etc.

Send your feedback here. We will only pass on your email address to CROWS who will go and fix the problem.

This was taken at Swillington below Stoodley Pike in 2013.
You can just about make out the top of the finger post!