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