Hebden is a small yet historic village nestled in Lower Wharfedale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The village has been designated as a conservation area by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority since 2006.
Many have walked along the ‘Dalesway’ which takes you along the township’s southern boundary from just outside Burnsall, to our famous suspension bridge, (built to take the workers from Thorpe to the corn mills across the river) and commonly referred to as the swinging bridge; then along the meadow – known to many for the chestnut trees that line the river bank and provide, shelter from rain, shade from the sun and a vision of beauty in the autumn plus a wonderful bounty of the conkers!
Others come once a year to join us at Hebden Sports, complete with traditional races, events and – highlight of the day the ‘Fell Race’ (or is it the egg throwing competition!) Whatever reason brings people to Hebden many return again and again.
Hebden is a small settlement situated in the county of North Yorkshire in the designated area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It sits 2.5-km to the east of the small town of Grassington and some 11.5-km from the larger administrative centre of Skipton. In 1999 the parish had a population of 220 people.
The village of Hebden is located in hilly terrain, at an altitude of 190 metres above sea level, on the north side of Wharfedale. It sits adjacent to the steep sided valley associated with the fast flowing Hebden Beck, some 3 km or so from its source on Grassington Moor and approx. 750 metres from its confluence with the Wharfe to the south. It sits astride an important bridging point, as the valley of Hebden Beck narrows slightly at a contour height which is convenient for east to west communication. The village is arranged around a regular, long, rectangular grid pattern, orientated on a northwest to southeast axis which, when combined with the topographical setting allows for a southerly aspect to take advantage of any winter sunshine. The physical setting thus contributes significantly to the character of the village.
The busy B6265 road passes through the northern end of the village on its way from Pateley Bridge, 7 km to the east to Grassington. A minor road passes out of the southern end of the village towards the hamlet of Hartlington and the village of Burnsall, on the southern bank of the Wharfe, to the south east.