Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Tumbling back down the hill from Heptonstall to Hebden Bridge is like entering a different world. Whereas Heptonstall is all dark buildings, narrow streets and not many people about, Hebden Bridge is a busy, bustling little town, even on a dull Sunday afternoon. Much of the centre is pedestrianised and ideal for laid-back strolling up and down, looking in the shops and maybe enjoying an ice-cream or a coffee at one of the many little cafés. The centre is blessedly free of the chain stores that blight many a town centre and make everywhere seem the same. Most of the shops are independent and are lots more interesting as a result. If you look closely you can see a street entertainer who was crooning songs from the thirties. I can't help thinking that Heptonstall might have a nicer 'vibe' if they had a few more flowers around to add a bit of colour.
Back to Saltaire tomorrow... there's a Festival going on there....