Hebden Bridge is Yorkshire’s funkiest little town and a former mill town. Besides the locals who have lived here for years, the town is home to university academics, hippies, and a substantial gay community. All of this explains the large number of craft shops, organic cafes, and secondhand book stores. Above the town is the much older village of Heptonstall, with its narrow cobble stone streets, 500 year old cottages, and the ruins of a stunning 13th century church. The site that draws the most visitors is St. Thomas’ Church where the poet Sylvia Plath is buried. The Hebden Bridge Visitor and Canal Center has a good stock of maps and information on local walks, including through Hardcastle Crags – two nice wooded valets northwest of town that are run by the National Trust. There are streams and waterfalls as well as numerous walking trails, some of which line to the Pennine Way and others which can take you all the way to Haworth.