About The Area

Places to visit during your stay in Calderdale...

There are so many things to see and do in the area. Here are a few of them!

Shibden Park

A Historical Journey to Shibden Hall

Nestled in the enchanting Calderdale landscape, just a 15-minute drive from the luxurious "By the Beck" apartment, lies the splendid Shibden Hall, the historic home of Anne Lister, known to many as "Gentleman Jack." A stay at "By the Beck" offers a unique opportunity to delve into the extraordinary life of this 19th-century landowner, diarist, and traveler.

Shibden Hall, set within the beautiful Shibden Park, stands as a remarkable testament to Anne Lister's life and times. Built in 1420, the hall is an architectural marvel, reflecting the tastes and styles of various periods. Anne Lister, who lived there from 1826 until her death in 1840, left a significant mark on the property, adding to its architectural richness and historical significance.

A visit to Shibden Hall transports you back to the days of Anne Lister, whose remarkable life has been brought to the screen in the acclaimed BBC/HBO series "Gentleman Jack." As you wander through the rooms, beautifully restored and filled with period furniture, you can almost hear the echoes of Anne's confident stride and see the sparkle of her intelligence in the portraits adorning the walls.

The hall's extensive grounds are equally captivating. You can explore the stunning gardens, including the terraced "Paisley Shawl" that Anne herself designed. The estate also features a boating lake, miniature railway, and walking trails that meander through lush woodlands and open fields. It's a perfect destination for those looking to combine historical exploration with the joys of the outdoors.

But the connection to Anne Lister doesn't end within the confines of Shibden Hall. Calderdale itself is steeped in history related to this remarkable woman, who was ahead of her time in many ways. Her influence can be seen in various landmarks and the cultural fabric of the area.

After a day exploring Shibden Hall and its surroundings, you can return to "By the Beck," where the combination of modern comfort and historical charm continues. Enjoy the apartment's luxurious amenities and ponder the life of Gentleman Jack as you relax in the heart of Calderdale, a region rich in history and natural beauty.

In a place where the past and present intertwine so elegantly, a visit to Shibden Hall from "By the Beck" is more than a historical excursion; it's an immersive experience that brings to life the indomitable spirit of Anne Lister and the vibrant tapestry of the land she called home. Whether you're a fan of the television series or a history enthusiast, this journey into the life of Gentleman Jack is an unmissable part of any stay in Calderdale.

Hebden Bridge

Canal side walk to Hebden Bridge

One of the area's most delightful offerings is the scenic canal-side walk to Hebden Bridge, an experience that beckons lovers of nature, history, and tranquillity.

It's a 1 hour walk from the doorstep of "By the Beck," this enchanting walk follows the gentle meander of the Rochdale Canal, leading you on an approximately one-hour journey of discovery and relaxation. If you prefer to drive, Hebden Bridge is just 10 minutes away, but walking offers the luxury of immersing yourself in the timeless beauty of the Calderdale countryside.

As you stroll along the towpath, you'll be captivated by the reflections of ancient stone bridges in the still waters, the gentle swaying of reeds and wildflowers along the bank. This picturesque route is a celebration of the harmony between nature and human ingenuity, where historic locks and industrial heritage meet the wild splendour of the Yorkshire landscape.

Hebden Bridge, your destination, is no less magical. A vibrant market town known for its creativity, community spirit, and stunning surroundings, Hebden Bridge welcomes visitors with open arms. Explore quirky shops, galleries, and cafes that line the narrow streets. Visit the old packhorse bridge that gives the town its name, and learn about the area's rich textile history.

Nature enthusiasts will find a wide range of walking and cycling trails around Hebden Bridge, each promising new vistas and surprises. History buffs can delve into the area's past at local museums or by joining guided heritage walks. Hebden Bridge's calendar is also filled with cultural events and festivals that celebrate art, music, and community, offering something for every taste.

After your day in Hebden Bridge, the tranquil canal-side walk back to "By the Beck" provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the day's adventures. Or, if you prefer, a quick drive will have you back in the comfort of your spacious and elegantly appointed apartment.

With its prime location, modern amenities, and access to the best of Calderdale's natural and cultural treasures, "By the Beck" is the perfect base for those who seek to escape the ordinary. Whether it's a leisurely canal-side walk, a hike in the wild moors, or a day exploring Hebden Bridge's vibrant streets, you'll find it all within easy reach.


Exploring Haworth: A Literary Pilgrimage

A stay at "By the Beck" in Calderdale doesn't just offer luxurious comfort and scenic beauty; it's also a gateway to one of England's most cherished literary landscapes: Haworth, the heart of Bronte Country. Just a 20-minute drive from the apartment, Haworth opens up a world of history, literature, and breathtaking natural beauty.

The Bronte Parsonage Museum

No visit to Haworth would be complete without a trip to the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Once the home of the famous Bronte sisters - Charlotte, Emily, and Anne - the parsonage now stands as a testament to their literary legacy. See their writing desks, personal letters, and the rooms where classics like "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights" were penned.

The Historic Cobbled Main Street

Stroll down the picturesque cobbled streets of Haworth, lined with quaint shops, traditional tea rooms, and historic pubs. The old-world charm is palpable, and you can easily spend hours exploring unique boutiques or enjoying a classic Yorkshire tea.

The Bronte Waterfalls and Top Withens

For those who crave nature, the Bronte Waterfalls and Top Withens are a must-see. These stunning natural sites, believed to have inspired the landscapes in "Wuthering Heights," offer a tranquil escape and some of the best hiking in the region.

Vintage Railway Experience

Experience the romance of steam travel with a ride on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The five-mile journey takes you through the beautiful Bronte countryside, offering a unique perspective on this literary land.

Literature and Art Festivals

Haworth hosts numerous events throughout the year celebrating literature, music, and art. Time your visit with one of these festivals, and you'll be immersed in a vibrant cultural scene that celebrates the region's rich heritage.

Literary Connections at 'By the Beck'

Even closer to the apartment, the literary connection continues with the local award-winning pub, the Lord Nelson, once a favourite of Bramwell Bronte. Enjoy a pint in the very place where the Bronte brother once found solace.

A trip to Haworth is a journey into the heart of English literature and a celebration of the Bronte sisters' enduring legacy. From the history-soaked parsonage to the windswept moors that inspired their works, Haworth offers an unforgettable literary pilgrimage. And what better base to explore this captivating world than "By the Beck," an apartment where modern luxury meets literary history. Make your next holiday a Bronte adventure, with Calderdale's charms as your starting point and Haworth's treasures just a short drive away.


Scenic Walks

For those with a love of the great outdoors, "By the Beck" is a true haven. Nestled in the heart of Calderdale's picturesque landscape, our apartment offers immediate access to a wealth of scenic walking routes that crisscross the region.

Whether you're a seasoned walker seeking challenging trails or someone who simply enjoys leisurely strolls, Luddenden and the surrounding areas have something to offer. Wander along the canal side to Hebden Bridge, explore the stunning Luddenden Valley, or set off on an adventure through Bronte Country.

From your doorstep, the trails beckon, each one telling a different story of Calderdale's rich natural beauty. Nearby Jerusalem Farm is a Local Nature Reserve, perfect for exploring the unique flora and fauna, while the village itself is a delightful place to explore on foot.

After a day spent breathing in the fresh Yorkshire air, return to "By the Beck" to unwind in comfort, knowing that your cosy retreat awaits. Reflect on the day's discoveries, plan tomorrow's explorations, and enjoy a well-earned rest in an apartment designed with walkers in mind.

Experience the joy of walking in Calderdale; book your stay at "By the Beck" and step into a world of natural beauty and historical intrigue.