The K9 Guide to Hebden Bridge
Hebden Bridge is a picturesque town set in West Yorkshire nestled alongside the Rochdale Canal. The town is known for its welcoming atmosphere, quirkiness and creativity and has been hailed by British Airways’ High Life magazine as ‘one of the world’s funkiest towns’.
If you are a fan of independent shops, scenic countryside and community spirit you should definitely pay this bohemian beauty spot a visit.
Set a 5-minute drive outside the town Hardcastle Crags is a National Trust site that is a beautiful wooded valley made up of crisscrossed footpaths weaving over 15 miles alongside streams and waterfalls. Entry is free although you have to pay £5 to park and you need change as it doesn’t accept card or phone payments.
There are two car parks to choose from Clough Hole Car Park- HX7 7AZ and Midgehole Car Park – HX7 7AA. We recommend arriving early as they get very busy.
In the middle of the valley woodland, you’ll find Gibson Mill, a historic cotton mill which now serves as a visitor centre, toilets, café and shop and dogs are welcome inside if well behaved.
There are 5 main trails plotted out on the map when you arrive and they range from 1.6km to 4.8km depending on how energetic you are feeling.
Square One Coffee Co
Situated on St. Georges Square in the heart of Hebden Bridge, there’s only one place to get delicious handcrafted coffee (from Grindsmiths Manchester), locally sourced food, All Day Breakfasts and maybe even a cheeky cocktail for after. With a vibrant and friendly atmosphere and a friendly welcoming team, Mijo ticks all the boxes. Open 9-5 seven days a week.
This family-run tearoom has been dog friendly for 9 years. You and your four-legged friend can sit anywhere in the 3 areas inside as well as in the outside seating area. They have delicious homemade cakes, quiches and scones and are well known for their award-winning afternoon tea. They always have a range of gluten and dairy-free menu options and for the furry family members, they have recently started stocking raw food and natural treats for cats and dogs so you can pick them up something tasty at the same time.
Bay Tree Café
If you fancy a taste of the Mediterranean, then The Bay Tree Cafe is the one for you. With a range of flatbreads and salads, as well as lots of other tantalising dishes they are open from 9:30, am each day so you can take your pick from breakfast, lunch and even early evening dinner. Dogs are welcome inside and outside.
The Grilled Cheese Booth
This brilliant concept cafe/kiosk is a must if you are a cheese fan. Specialising in grilled cheese sandwiches from the simple to the sublime they use all locally produced ingredients and have their own unique house blend of coffee as well as local soft drinks. They have a dog bowl on standby all the time as well as a jar of dog treats and their outdoor seating makes for a relaxed experience with your dog by your side.
The White Lion Hotel
The White Lion Hotel is in a prime location in the heart of Hebden Bridge. Not only are they a great place to go to eat and drink but they have a fantastic riverside beer garden. They have also made 4 of their 10 rooms dog friendly so this is a great place to stay if you are visiting the area.
Shoulder of Mutton
This pub is located in the heart of the town and has a superb selection of delicious food available including a breakfast menu and Sunday Lunches. Their bar is stocked with an array of drinks, including some fantastic cask ales and lagers and dogs are welcome inside and out.
The White Swan
The White Swan is a favourite for regulars and tourists alike, offering the very best in homemade food and speciality cask ales. They have a beautiful beer garden that welcomes families and pets and has regular monthly events.
The White Swan is known to offer the warmest welcome in Hebden Bridge with the landlady of over 30 years Liz Wood.
Tia Greyhound Charity Shop
This local branch of the Tia Rescue helps to support greyhound rescue and rehoming. They have a range of products for your dog and also some really nice gift ideas for dog lovers so it’s well worth popping in for a wander round as the revenue from their charity shops accounts for 60% of the charity’s income so every little helps.