The Hare and Hounds Country Inn is located on Lane Ends, Wadsworth HX7 8TN above Hebden Bridge. Known locally as the Lane Ends, the inn has been serving fine ales for over 150 years.
While searching for a house in the area, I chose to stay here, one because it is dog friendly and two, they make a scrumptious vegetarian breakfast. The Hare and Hounds is located on the edge of the moors, each room has a view of magnificent scenery across the Pennines, the quietness and abundance of wildlife makes you feel you are part of a Bronte’ story.
During my stay, venturing out very early with the dogs was a must, I would walk over the moors to watch the sunrise, before exploring Wadsworth on foot. After a home-cooked dinner (from the menu) I would sit on the large terrace overlooking the valley to watch the sunset, while listening to the chickens (the girls) and rare breed pigs which you can see from the side of the terrace before retiring indoors to listen to the landlord, David’s jokes and varied choice of great music.
The walls of the Inn are decorated with paintings, photographs and prints by local artists and in 2015 I was asked to display my paintings which I continue to sell on a regular basis, giving a percentage of the proceeds to local charities, particularly Calder Valley Search and Rescue.
In late December 2016 the Inn arranged a charity evening to raise money for flood relief after the Boxing Day floods which devastated the Calder Valley. An auction was held of paintings and photographs which were donated by local people, a raffle and live music from Lee Southall (formerly of Liverpool based band The Coral), raising a whopping £3002.
For me, the Inn is the perfect place to stay, built 900 feet above sea level on the edge of the Calderdale Way, five bedrooms to choose from (all en suite and includes free wi-fi) and with panoramic views from every window, open fires, serving Timothy Taylor ales, delicious home-cooked food, easy access to local attractions, including an easy walk into Hebden Bridge, the home of independent retailers, Mytholmroyd (where I live) the birthplace of Ted Hughes, Heptonstall where Sylvia Plath is buried, one mile to the route of the 2014 Tour de France and a 20 minute drive to Haworth, home of the Bronte’ sisters, excellent rail links to Leeds, Manchester and York and a bus service that will drop you off outside, what more could you ask for.
The owners, Jeanette and David are a welcoming couple, making you feel at home as soon as you walk through the door.