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Travelling around Heckmondwike

Travelling around Heckmondwike

Nestled in the heart of West Yorkshire – not far from Leeds – Heckmondwike is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees that sits right on the edge of the Pennine Hills.

Heckmondwike is easily accessible by road, and Arriva buses run services in and around the area, with routes to and from Leeds, Huddersfield, Wakefield and Bradford, as well as smaller neighbouring towns such as Dewsbury and Ossett.

Family day out

For a fun-filled family day out in Heckmondwike, try Ponderosa. Originally set up as a therapeutic centre to bridge the gap between disabled and able-bodied people, the centre’s farm evolved over time into Ponderosa Zoo. Now home to numerous exotic animals, birds and reptiles, Ponderosa has both indoor and outdoor play areas, as well as a café and lakeside restaurant.

If your kids are still full of energy after their trip to the zoo, a visit to Krazy Kids Adventure World is sure to tire them out. The centre is packed to the brim with balls, tunnels, slides and play equipment for your little ones to safely explore. So why not grab a cuppa and a bite to eat while you’re there.

If you’re on the lookout for ways to unwind, try a massage at Heckmondwike’s natural beauty and holistic therapy centre. Or if a gentle stroll is more your thing, the area’s heritage walks are great for delving into the region’s history while getting some fresh air. Follow the Spen Fame Trail to find out more about the famous people and places of Heckmondwike.

For something to eat, try the Gallery on Croft Street (which is great for afternoon tea!) or head over to the Old Hall for a traditional olde-worlde pub vibe. Here – alongside your standard crisps, nuts and pork scratchings – you’ll find a menu full of dishes to tantalise your taste buds. Be sure to order a roast dinner if you visit on a Sunday!