West Yorkshire

Above Hebden Bridge lies the much older village of Heptonstall, its narrow cobbled street lined with 500-year-old cottages and the ruins of a beautiful 13th-century church. But it's the churchyard of the newer St Thomas' Church (1854) that draws literary pilgrims, for here is buried the poet Sylvia Plath (1932−63), whose husband, poet Ted Hughes (1930−98), was born in nearby Mytholmroyd. You'll have to hunt hard to find her grave, in the new cemetery beyond the church's far wall.

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1. Hebden Bridge Mill

0.57 MILES

The spindly chimney of Hebden Bridge's old red-brick mill is a central landmark that predates the town itself, and was saved from demolition in 1974. It…

2. Gibson Mill

1.47 MILES

This renovated, sustainably powered 19th-century cotton mill houses a cafe and visitor centre with exhibitions covering the industrial and social history…

3. Brontë Parsonage Museum


Set in a pretty garden overlooking Haworth parish church and graveyard, the house where the Brontë family lived from 1820 to 1861 is now a museum. The…

4. Haworth Parish Church

6.31 MILES

Your first stop in Haworth should be the parish church, a lovely old place of worship built in the late 19th century on the site of the older church that…

5. Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

6.45 MILES

This vintage railway runs steam and classic diesel engines between Keighley and Oxenhope via Haworth. The classic 1970 movie The Railway Children was shot…

6. National Science & Media Museum

11.25 MILES

Bradford's top attraction is housed in an impressive glass-fronted building and chronicles the story of photography, film, TV, radio and the web from 19th…

7. Salts Mill

11.44 MILES

Saltaire, a Victorian-era landmark and Unesco World Heritage Site, was an industrial village purpose-built in 1851 by philanthropic wool baron and…

8. High St

14.74 MILES

Skipton's pride and joy is the broad and bustling High St, one of the most attractive shopping streets in Yorkshire – only slightly marred by the general…