Hebden water can be split into three main sections each with it’s own character, the top end is nestled in a steep sided moorland valley. The base pillars that remain from Blake Dean trestle bridge can still be seen. To access this top section from Hebden Bridge follow the road past Heptonstall, Widdop road, there is some space to park next to the road.
The steps down to Hebden water are very steep here but its worth the effort, the water is full of lively free rising trout, not large but lots of fun, perfect for Tenkara.
Further downstream the water flows through the woods of Hardcastle Crags, this section is probably best accessed by New Bridge National Trust car park. The water through the woods is the best I have seen for teaching a child to fish with a tenkara rod. No waders are needed as there are convenient rocks to stand on and the surroundings could hardly be more beautiful. The fish are not large but reasonably easy to catch.
My son really enjoyed fishing here and catching his first trout on the fly at the age of 5! – see below
The top of Hebden Water through Hardcastle Crags is controlled by Hebden Bridge Angling Society . Their water starts at New Bridge by the National Trust car park and continues up to the junction of the streams at the remains of the old Blake Dean trestle bridge. It’s possible to fish the whole stretch in a day but I’ve found it more rewarding to concentrate on either the top end for a short outing or the wooded section for a more involved day.
Below Hardcastle crags the water from Dark Lane Bridge, Foster Lane on the outskirts of Hebden Bridge to the Blue Pig WMC at Midgehole can be fished on the Ryburn and Halifax Angling Society ticket, this stretch is mostly pocket water, quite difficult to navigate but lots of fun.
Ryburn and Halifax Angling Society Tickets are available from:
- Sowerby Bridge Post Office, 42-44 Wharf St, Sowerby Bridge Tel: 01422 831404
- Hebden Bridge Tourist Information Centre, Butlers Wharf, New Rd, Hebden Bridge
- A.J.Jewsons, 28 Horton St, Halifax 01422 343455
- By sending payment, along with a S.A.E. to their general secretary