Approaching from the West (Manchester, Liverpool, Todmorden):
Proceed Eastwards along the A646, passing Mytholm church on the left, mounting a small hill with traffic lights at the top by the Fox and Goose, and a left turn signed to Heptonstall. The hill is quite steep. Follow the sign giving a fork to the left to Heptonstall village after about half a mile. This is the steepest part.
Approaching from the East (Leeds, Bradford, Halifax, Mytholmroyd):
Proceed Westwards along the A646, through Hebden Bridge town centre, then climbing a small hill with traffic lights at the top. There is a sign indicating Heptonstall straight on via the turning circle. Carry straight on through the traffic lights, past Mytholm Church on the right, and enter the turning circle on the left. Turn right into the A646 and Approach From the West (see above).
Heptonstall is quite small enough to walk round, but first you need to park your car.
Where to park?
Just before you enter the village is a left turn, with a Parking notice. Follow this road round, keeping left, until you come to the Heptonstall Bowling and Social Club. Their car park is for public use from 8am to 8pm but during the Festival the committee have given permission for their car park to be used for the duration of the concerts. The old village is a conservation area and street parking is not allowed.
If you were not to turn left as above you would see a Parking notice signed to the right, down a narrow alley. This is a 24 hour car park, but is almost always over-subscribed.
Street parking is permitted on Longfield and Southfield among the new houses, but please park carefully as this is a bus route, and wardens are active.
Hebden Bridge is the nearest railway station
Hebden Bridge railway station is on the main Manchester Victoria to Leeds line with trains from both cities at regular intervals. The bus stop is just outside the train station and regular buses will take you up to Heptonstall. A short walk will take you into the centre of Hebden Bridge via the road or through Centre Vale Park to the main stop for service 596. See below for bus details and local taxi firms.
Service 596 (Hebden Bridge – Heptonstall – Blackshaw Head)
The bus starts at Hebden Bridge train station and goes through and around Heptonstall village, stopping a few times before heading on to Blackshaw Head.
If you are coming direct to one of the concerts, please request to stop at ‘Longfields’.
The new timetable can be found on the following page.
Service 596 timetable (opens as new window)
Heptonstall can be reached by bicycle from the Halifax road, which runs form Todmorden to Hebden Bridge and on to Halifax. If you are travelling from Todmorden, then there is a turn left up a steep hill to Heptonstall before you reach the town centre of Hebden Bridge. If you are travelling from Halifax, then continue through Hebden Bridge until you reach a turning circle which diverts you back towards Hebden Bridge, before following the road on the left up the steep hill rising to Heptonstall.
Hebden Cars – 01422 845555 www.hebdencars.co.uk
Valley Private Hire – 01422 844070
Todmorden Taxis – 01706 507502