“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
6 . STARTING TO WRITE
Trigger your imagination
You want to write, but don’t know where to begin. You already write but find ...
- Tiffany Murray
- Paul Batchelor
- Guest: Wyl Menmuir
18 . FICTION: TUTORED RETREAT
Genre, style, structure
Each piece of work-in-progress throws up a fresh set of technical difficulties ...
- Patricia Duncker
- Andrew Cowan
- Guest: Rose Tremain
21 . FICTION
Getting going, keeping going
Writing fiction is hard work, and also incredibly rewarding. This week will hel ...
- Jess Richards
- Stephen May
- Guest: Mahsuda Snaith
26 . SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY
Science fiction and fantasy encompass a dazzling array of potential worlds and ...
- Mark Barrowcliffe
- Emma Newman
- Guest: M R Carey
27 . CRIME FICTION
Getting forensics right in mysteries and thrillers
A week for crime and thriller writers who like to keep it real. As a unique pai ...
- Margaret Murphy
- Helen Pepper
- Guest: Ann Cleeves
45 . Experimental Poetry
Playing with form and language
This course is suitable for poets who would like to explore innovative poetic t ...
- Scott Thurston
- Harriet Tarlo
- Guest: Maggie O’Sullivan
47 . Poetry: Tutored Retreat
The refining fire
This week offers direction and specific guidance in the process of writing and ...
- Kathryn Maris
- Maurice Riordan
- Guest: Tom Sleigh
51 . Poetry
The difficult second album
How do poets negotiate the challenge of defining and re-defining their voice? ...
- Bill Herbert
- Helen Mort
- Guest: Tara Bergin
57 . Narrative Non-Fiction
Turning factual stories into crafted narrative
This week will give you the tools to write engaging narrative non-fiction, tur ...
- Tobias Jones
- Andrea Stuart
- Guest: Horatio Clare
59 . Life Writing: Writing Family History
Family as fact, fiction and myth
Families provide some of our most powerful stories – whether they’re funny ...
- Alice Jolly
- John-Paul Flintoff
- Guest: Amy Liptrot
64 . YOUNG ADULT FICTION: WORK-IN-PROGRESS
The art and craft of writing teenage fiction
It takes a lot to keep a teenage reader turning the pages. Well-developed chara ...
- Catherine Johnson
- Martyn Bedford
- Guest: Sarah Crossan
71 . PLAYWRITING: TUTORED RETREAT
Spend time wth your script
So, you are a new playwright, and you have written a stage play, or nearly fini ...
- Jane Fallowfield
- Graham Whybrow
- Guest: Charlene James
73 . MUSICAL THEATRE
Using music and lyrics to tell the tale
For those who want to experiment with how a story can be told through song and ...
- Willy Russell
- Nick Stimson
75 . TELEVISION DRAMA
Taking your idea from page to screen
Explore the core elements of screenwriting for television through the unique le ...
- Regina Moriarty
- Alexis Hood
- Guest: Eleanor Greene