Hostels just aren’t what they used to be…thank goodness. Forget big noisy dorms and lumpy lukewarm porridge; Mama Weirdigan’s (aka Hebden Bridge Hostel) is a charming, peaceful and super-friendly gem hidden away in a beautiful spot just on the edge of Hebden. We’re talking moorland walks, the bustling town centre and even the train station all just a 10-15 minute walk away, with gorgeous woodland right on the doorstep. No wonder guests come from every part of the world to stay.

With a wide selection of quiet, en-suite rooms, the hostel caters for individuals, families and groups. You can even book the whole place for things like retreats, choirs or get-togethers, with function rooms available to hire at the Birchcliffe Centre next door. Perfectly positioned on famous walking and cycling trails like the Hebden Bridge Loop and Mary Townley Loop, the hostel is also a popular stopover with outdoorsy folk. Other guests come to explore the town’s famously eclectic shopping and vibrant cultural life, and a surprising number even move to Hebden soon after (actually, we’re not surprised at all!).

There’s an ethical and environmental dimension to Mama Weirdigan’s too, which adds to the welcoming atmosphere and makes it a wonderful place to meet likeminded people. Proudly vegetarian, it uses LED lighting and ground-source heating throughout, and the dirty laundry is taken into town on a pushbike. There’s even free organic tea, coffee, cereal and milk. You’ll also find interesting campaign material to look at, not to mention plenty of maps, tourist info, and the obligatory backpacker book-swap.