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Lumb Bank

“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.


Read about the history of Lumb Bank



From Halifax: Take the A646 through Hebden Bridge and follow signs for ‘Heptonstall via turning circle’. Make use of the turning circle to double back and turn left at the 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.


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.



Centre Director:
Rosie Scott
Assistant Centre Director:
Jill Penny
Centre Assistant:
Jack Bell
Centre Administrator:
Becky Liddell
Jean Warburton

Lumb Bank
The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire HX7 6DF