Writers’ Retreat at Lumb Bank

A slice of peace and quiet in West Yorkshire

Monday October 11th - Saturday October 16th 2021

Lumb Bank

Give your writing the time and space it deserves on a five day Writers’ Retreat at Lumb Bank. This is an opportunity to spend time away from the stresses and strains of daily life, surrounded by nature. Our retreats are offered in Covid-secure environments, leaving you with peace of mind as you plan your writing week and explore the beautiful landscape. Whether you are starting something new, or pushing on to finish your latest draft, make time to free your imagination. There are 12 places available.

Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowner’s house in West Yorkshire which once belonged to Ted Hughes. It’s set in 20 acres of steep woodland, with breathtaking views 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. Lumb Bank’s terraced gardens offer spectacular views of the wooded valley, Lumb Chimneys and Colden Clough.

Price: £765 per person for five nights.

This retreat features group cooking Tuesday – Friday. Group cooking is an opportunity to meet with your fellow writers and find out what they’ve been up to.

You’ll have access to the large barn space with sofas and desks and a well-stocked library. Please see booking terms and conditions.

  • Wi-Fi and 4G coverage available

  • Easy walks to the local historic village of Heptonstall with two pubs and local shops and to bustling, trendy Hebden Bridge with its array of independent shops, cafes and bars.

  • Miles of footpaths and historic packhorse trails to explore directly from the house in the breath-taking high Pennine landscape on our doorstep.

Lumb Bank house

Lumb Bank

The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowners house in West Yorkshire, which once belonged to Ted Hughes. It’s set in 20 acres of steep woodland with breathtaking views to the valley below.



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