When Speed Dating burst onto the UK singles scene with a blaze of media interest in 2003 many thought of the events as something of a fad.Not so - Speed Dating has established itself as a staple of the rapidly growing singles market and several years on its popularity remains strong. The simple format of bringing together around 20 girls and 20 guys to meet for around 4 minutes each works.) is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England, and one of four villages in the ecclesiastical parish of Linton. The east-west B6265 road connects it with Grassington 1.7 miles (2.7 km) to the west, and from there south to the market town of Skipton, 11.5 miles (18.5 km) from Hebden.It lies near Grimwith Reservoir and Grassington, in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Hebden has a church, a chapel, a hotel and public house, a tea room, a community hall, a small general store associated with the pub, and is well served by buses. To the east, the road crosses a bridge over Hebden Gill, built in 1827, and thence over the watershed to Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale, 8.5 miles (13.7 km) distant.
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The layout of the village largely originates from manorial times, but during the 19th century the village grew to become a substantial industrial community with lead mining and a cotton mill as the main sources of employment.
Since then it has reverted to a rural community, and is a focal point for walkers and cyclists wishing to enjoy the local countryside.