“The grounds of Lumb Bank are breathtaking and
I’ll never forget the stunning view.”
The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank is an 18th-century mill-owner’s house in West Yorkshire, which once belonged to Ted Hughes. The house stands in 20 acres of steep woodland and has a breathtaking view to the valley below – a Pennine landscape of woods and rivers, weavers’ cottages, packhorse trails and ruins of old mills. It is half a mile from the historic village of Heptonstall and two miles from Hebden Bridge.
There are 14 single rooms and one shared room. Bathrooms are shared with up to four other writers, usually fewer. You’ll find many quiet places to write in the house and garden – and a well-stocked library.
One bedroom has a specially adapted bathroom for people with mobility issues and can also accommodate a personal assistant. Physical access around the site can be difficult. If you have any specific access requirements, please discuss with us prior to booking.
From Halifax: Take the A646 through Hebden Bridge, follow signs to ‘Heptonstall via turning circle’. Use the turning circle to double back and turn left at traffic lights by the Fox and Goose pub, up the steep hill. Do not take the left turn to Heptonstall (signed ‘access only’); instead, keep driving on Lee Wood Road, then Draper Lane. As you approach the houses at Slack Bottom, take the left-hand turn towards Heptonstall. Continue 30 yards. The lane to Lumb Bank is on your right by the benches and bus stop. Please do not use Sat Nav, TomTom or internet route planners beyond Hebden Bridge as they direct you to the wrong side of the valley.
Hebden Bridge railway station is on the main Manchester Victoria to Leeds line with trains from both cities at regular intervals. You can catch the E Bridger bus (Blackshaw Head) to the top of the Lumb Bank lane from the railway station. Every half hour you can catch the 596 bus (Blackshaw Head) to the top of the Lumb Bank lane from the railway station.
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COURSES AT Lumb Bank ALL COURSES
3 . WINTER WARMER Fiction: Tutored Retreat
New horizons, fresh perspectives
You don’t need another workshop. What you need are fresh insights, together w ...
- Stephen May
- Jane Harris
- Guest: Linda Green
28 . SHORT STORY:TUTORED RETREAT
This short story course is designed for intermediate to advanced writers. So ho ...
- Adam Marek
- Zoe Gilbert
- Guest: Chris Power
33 . FICTION
Get the basics and try out something new
This week will give you the opportunity to look hard at the fundamentals of you ...
- Andrew Miller
- Karin Altenberg
- Guest: Sarah Winman
35 . FICTION: LITERARY THRILLER
Secrets and suspense
The thriller genre is wide-ranging, from police procedurals to serial killers; ...
- Adam LeBor
- Sanjida Kay
- Guest: Felicia Yap
51 . POETRY
Entertaining our ideas
The best poems are often the ones we didn’t expect to write. So how can we re ...
- Jen Hadfield
- Peter Sansom
- Guest: Vanessa Kisuule
62 . NON-FICTION: WORK-IN-PROGRESS
Non-fiction as art
This course is for people who are in the middle (muddle) of a non-fiction proje ...
- Marina Benjamin
- Alexander Masters
- Guest: Melanie McGrath