Heptonstall. Cantilevered.

Right, I don’t know if cantilevered is the correct term in this circumstance. I probably shouldn’t use words that I don’t understand, but ho hum.

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So, we moved up north. Brighton is no longer home. Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, now holds that title, and although I’m still getting settled and missing the city a bit, the countryside round here is pretty brilliant.

These benches are about 15 minutes walk from my new house, just outside the small, ancient village of Heptonstall. I love their simple construction and am surprised to have not seen this design before.

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I particularly like this one because of the way it really shows the wood it’s constructed from.

They’re not the most comfortable benches in the world, with quite a narrow seat and back — but as a brief resting spot for walkers at the top of a hill, they’re absolutely fine.

The view is (to me), unremarkable. These benches sit at the edge of a small piece of scrubland, covered in plastic tree protectors, so doubtless in a few years time, this will be a pretty little piece of woodland. Still, there are some pretty stunning views down across Hebden Bridge less than a minute’s walk away, so these benches are pretty scenic nonetheless. For example…

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Comfort of bench: 4/10
Capacity of bench: 6 or 7
View from bench: 4/10 (but good views very close by, see above!)
Accessibility of bench: From Hebden Bridge by foot, it’s a steep, and, after rainy weather, challenging walk. From Heptonstall, less so and possible to do on level ground, but with some mud and unevenness. 5/10.
Adventure level: If you walk from Hebden Bridge, maybe 6/10! From Heptonstall more like 3/10.

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