Campsites are few and far between around the lovely town of Hebden Bridge. It’s a short 45 minute drive from home but we’d tried and failed to go camping here once before. We’d decided to just turn up with a couple of campsites in mind and felt sure we’d manage to find somewhere. Unfortunately one site had closed for refurbishment and the other was closed for a private booking and despite lots of searching and driving we didn’t manage to find anywhere. So this time we’d booked in advance at the Hebden Bridge Camping site.
The website describes the location as immediately next to the New Delight Inn, and they’re not kidding – the campsite starts where the pub car park ends. The camping field is on a bit of an incline and there’s no access for cars so tenters leave their vehicles in the pub carpark at the bottom. There’s hardstanding for 3 campervans/motorhomes between the carpark and the field but you have to line up nose-to-tail as if passing through a drive-thru. It’s not the most picturesque of settings although if you only have a tent and are pitching at the top of the field it would be much better.
The facilities are an outside toilet and shower in an outbuilding of the pub and a couple of portaloos. Maybe we’re picky, but we decided not to use the shower during our short stay. The washing up facilities are a couple of old Belfast sinks bolted to the outside of the outbuilding. Electric hook-ups are available and are reserved for the hardstanding pitches.
On our first evening after setting up the van we paid a visit to the New Delight pub next door which served a range of ales and decent pub food. It seemed popular with the locals, which is always a good sign.
It’s possible to walk into Hebden Bridge from the campsite along the river and it will take around 45 minutes or there are various fields and pathways if you’d prefer a walk in a more rural location. On our first day we did an enjoyable circular walk which took us along the river through farmers’ fields and down public pathways.
Hebden Bridge is a quirky town built in a valley with the River Calder and the Rochdale Canal passing through. It has certainly embraced café culture with seemingly every other building housing a top quality café or bar. We really were spoiled for choice. There are also some lovely craft, toy and jewellery shops. Hebden Bridge it also a very popular destination for outdoor pursuits including walking and cycling and the town proudly displays its involvement in the Tour de France 2014.
If you’re after basic camping, or just a short stay while passing through, this might be what you’re looking for, but I couldn’t recommend it for any more than one or two nights.