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Places to Visit

West Yorkshire

Industrial landscape

Everybody knows that Yorkshire has some special landscapes. The Dales and the Moors first spring to mind, but what about West Yorkshire? That’s Leeds and Bradford isn’t it? Back-to-back houses and blackened mills… Certainly if you had stood on any of the hills surrounding Hebden Bridge a hundred years ago, and gazed down into the valley, all you would have seen was the pall of smoke issuing from the chimneys of 33 textile mills. But thankfully, life changes very quickly in West Yorkshire. The textile trade went into terminal decline, the mills shut down forever and in a single generation Hebden Bridge became a place that people want to visit.

 

Glorious countryside
The surrounding countryside offers walking every bit as good as the more celebrated Yorkshire Dales; within minutes, you can be tramping across the moors. And this close proximity of town and country is repeated all across West Yorkshire. There’s such diversity in the area that you can find yourself in quite unfamiliar surroundings, even close to places you may know very well. Take time to explore this rich county and you will be thrilled at what you find to shatter old myths and preconceptions.

Recommended in West Yorkshire

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Wood Hall Hotel & Spa

This spacious Georgian house sits in 100 acres of parkland and offers impressive accommodation.
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Woodman Inn

Quality rooms and thoughtful extras make this Kirkburton inn a great place to stay.
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Shibden Mill Inn

This atmospheric former mill offers open fires, low beams and adventurous flavours.