“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
1 . STARTING TO WRITE
Finding inspiration and maintaining momentum
In this week designed for new writers, we will discover ways of digging up mate ...
- Mark Haddon
- Molly McGrann
- Guest: Bernardine Evaristo
2 . STARTING TO WRITE WITH THE BRONTES
Your words, their works
Start writing inspired by the Brontë sisters and their West Yorkshire home. Th ...
- Tiffany Murray
- Katrina Naomi
- Guest: Claire Harman
4 . STARTING TO WRITE
Finding your writing map
In a supportive atmosphere of focus and enjoyment, you will develop ideas and a ...
- James Friel
- Clare Shaw
- Guest: Winnie M Li
5 . SHORT COURSE: STARTING TO WRITE
The building blocks of fiction and poetry
This fun and supportive course is ideal for those who are just starting out on ...
- Inua Ellams
- Kerry Hudson
13 . FICTION: WORK-IN-PROGRESS
Finding the story, focusing your writing
This course will help you look at your work of fiction afresh and work out what ...
- Cynan Jones
- Vanessa Gebbie
- Guest: Gavin Bower
16 . EDITING FICTION:TUTORED RETREAT
Enhancing your chances of publication
This tutored retreat will provide practical guidance for writers wanting to dev ...
- Jacob Ross
- Alison Hennessey
- Guest: Helen Sedgwick
19 . FICTION: TUTORED RETREAT
Intensive help with the foundations of your fiction
Aimed at those who have already made significant progress with a work of fictio ...
- Stuart Evers
- Helen Cross
- Guest: Jo Unwin
22 . SHORT COURSE: FICTION
It’s easy enough to start something, but not always so easy to get to the end ...
- Emma Jane Unsworth
- Mark Watson
24 . EXPERIMENTAL FICTION
Some serious playing around with writing
What kind of writer are you? Do you just need a laptop, coffee and a few hours ...
- Toby Litt
- Joanna Walsh
- Guest: Claire-Louise Bennett
26 . EDITING FICTION
Revise, edit and improve
Congratulations, you’ve finished your story! Now the fun begins: revising, ed ...
- Antonia Hodgson
- Romesh Gunesekera
- Guest: James Runcie
28 . SHORT STORY:TUTORED RETREAT
This short story course is designed for intermediate to advanced writers. So ho ...
- Alison MacLeod
- Adam Marek
- Guest: Zoe Gilbert
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
37 . POETRY
Read your way to writing better poetry
This course aims to show poets with some experience how the careful and creativ ...
- Don Paterson
- Sasha Dugdale
- Guest: Katharine Towers
40 . SHORT COURSE: POETRY
Does your voice come from a particular place, or are you singing from the margi ...
- Kate Clanchy
- Carole Bromley
41 . POETRY
In this course for poets seeking to hone their craft, we will help you place pe ...
- George Szirtes
- Pascale Petit
- Guest: Imtiaz Dharkar
46 . POETRY: TOWARDS A COLLECTION
Crafting a manuscript
Whether you are writing a book-length sequence or a series of individual poems, ...
- Fred D’Aguiar
- Sandeep Parmar
- Guest: James Byrne
47 . WRITING WITH TED HUGHES
Return to Elmet
Twenty years after his death, Ted Hughes remains a towering figure in poetry. H ...
- Steve Ely
- Christopher Reid
- Guest: Yvonne Reddick
50 . SHORT COURSE: POETRY
Perspectives, process, play
Boost your writing energy with some playful, gentle challenges and the time to ...
- Amanda Dalton
- Jacob Sam-La Rose
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
- William Letford
- Guest: Vanessa Kisuule
56 . MEMOIR
Writing a personal history
Some stories never seem to leave us. They circle around us just as we edge towa ...
- Colin Grant
- Cathy Rentzenbrink
- Guest: Miranda Doyle
60 . STARTING TO WRITE NON-FICTION
The building blocks of well-crafted prose
This course is aimed at writers who wish to hone and develop their non-fiction ...
- Horatio Clare
- Laura Barton
- Guest: Sylvia Patterson
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
66 . CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULTS’ FICTION: TUTORED RETREAT
A chance to work with a group of writers all focused on the same thing – crea ...
- Melvin Burgess
- Gillian Cross
- Guest: Alex Wheatle
67 . STARTING TO WRITE CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULTS’ FICTION
Children and young adults can be the most exciting, rewarding and demanding of ...
- Steve Voake
- Liz Flanagan
- Guest: Valerie Bloom
71 . RADIO DRAMA
Sound, words and vivid characters
Write that pivotal central scene, define your characters and captivate your lis ...
- David Hunter
- Neil Brand
- Guest: Sue Teddern
80 . TV DRAMA
Small screens are the new big screens
This course will explore the endless possibilities that exist in this ever-evol ...
- Simon Block
- Claire Bennett
- Guest: Vinay Patel
81 . SONGWRITING
Music and lyrics
This is a practical course for enthusiastic songwriters committed to producing ...
- Sir Ray Davies
- Marion Wells
86 . RETREAT WITH WALKING
Writing to the rhythms of nature
“Perhaps”, wrote the poet Wallace Stevens, “the truth depends on a walk a ...
- Paul Kingsnorth
- Christopher Goddard
- Guest: Amy Liptrot