The Pack Horse Inn has been recommended by the Good Beer Guide and The Good Pub Guide for its traditional hand pulled ales and quality & choice of beer.

About us.

A warm welcome awaits you at The Packhorse Inn (locally known as The Ridge).
We are a family run, unspoilt, traditional 17th Century Country Pub. The new team offer a very warm welcome to all who visit this beautiful area above Hebden Bridge on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border. Surrounded by moorland and at 300 m above sea level, it is one of the most peaceful and unique places to enjoy hand pulled ales & a hearty meal. The Pack Horse Inn is an ideal stop for walkers, their dogs and cyclists. We don’t mind muddy paws & muddy boots!

A Cosy Space.

Since the early 1600’s The Packhorse was an ale stop for merchants,farmers and travellers. Later, around the 18th century it was used by wool merchants with packhorse trains travelling from Widdop to Worsthorne. In more recent years visitors are more likely to be hikers, cyclists and walkers who visit the beautiful rugged South Pennines or travel the Pennine Way or the Mary Townley Loop. Many original features exist in the bar area including the four stone open fireplaces which to this day provide a warm embrace in the winter months. Local history of the area is preserved by means of the displayed photographs and plans of the area whilst the numerous dams were being built during the 1800’s.

Full of historical pictures, the inn displays information with regard to the technicalities and engineering involved in constructing the numerous reservoirs in the immediate area.

The location provides a hub of path networks with the Pennine Way only a few hundred yards down the road for those into hiking or mountain biking.

Enjoy Quality Ingredients & Delicious Hearty Food


The menu is varied with all dishes home made on the premises with locally sourced ingredients where available. We have a few favourites which stay on the menu (when in season) including locally sourced game, rack of lamb and lamb shanks and chunky roast beef.

Introduced in 2017 are options for lighter meals and more vegetarian dishes on the menu. Lunchtimes also have a lighter menu which includes hearty sandwiches, homemade soups and delicious paninis. If you have room for one, our puddings include homemade treacle sponge & custard, sticky toffee pudding and hot chocolate fudge cake. We offer additions to the pudding menu depending on the season and what is locally available at the market.Weekly special are displayed on a large blackboard above the bar.

As the food is freshly made then any changes or allergies can be accommodated wherever possible.

We can offer over 100

Single Malt Whiskies

Please ask for assistance at the bar to be guided through the Highlands, the Lowlands and the Isles.

Single Malt Whiskies

Contact Information


From Yorkshire.

Take the road round Heptonstall to Slack. Fork right at Slack Top (signposted Widdop) and follow the road past Hardcastle Crags and Blakedean. The Inn is 400 yards past the top of Blakedean on the left.

From Lancashire.

Approach Thursden Valley either from Briercliffe, or direct from Colne or Trawden. Take the road signposted for Hebden Bridge up the valley (take care in the dark!). From the top of Thursden Valley the road takes you past Widdop reservoir. One and a half miles further on, the Inn is situated on the right.

The Pack Horse Inn
Widdop Rd, Widdop, Hebden Bridge,
West Yorkshire,
01422 842803

A warm welcome awaits you