Welcome to Hebden Bridge
Tucked tightly into a fold of a steep-sided valley, Yorkshire's funkiest small town is a former mill centre that refused to go gently with the dying of industry's light. Instead, it raged a bit and then morphed into an attractive outdoorsy tourist trap with a distinctly bohemian atmosphere. The town is home to university academics, artists, diehard hippies and a substantial gay community. All of this explains the abundance of vintage shops, organic and vegan cafes, and secondhand bookstores. Walking trails leading from the centre of town and up into the hills are another attraction.