The White Lion Hotel, Hebden Bridge

Location: The White Lion Hotel is a beautifully restored former coaching inn dating from 1657, and is the oldest building in the attractive market town of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.  The inn has a riverside location in the town centre making it easy to explore the town on foot.  In addition to good road connections, …

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The Wheatley Arms, Ilkley

Location This handsome stone inn stands proudly in the small village of Ben Rhydding set amid leafy lanes and in the shadow of the famous Cow & Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor.  The hotel lies 18 miles north west of Leeds and just one mile from the Victorian spa town of Ilkley which oozes charm …

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Day 3. Heptonstall and Todmorden, Calderdale

Our short break in the picturesque South Pennine town of Hebden Bridge was nearing its end and we reluctantly packed our belongings into the car and bade farewell to Josephine, the friendly owner of the Croft Mill Aparthotel where we'd enjoyed a two night stay. It was then only a short drive up to the …

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Day 2. Exploring Hebden Bridge, Halifax and Sowerby Bridge

After sleeping soundly in our comfortable beds at Croft Mill we prepared breakfast from the generous hamper that had been left for us, feasting on organic muesli with strawberries and grapes, free range eggs and wholemeal crusty bread. It was again another bright, sunny morning as we set out to explore the idyllic small town …

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Croft Mill Aparthotel, Hebden Bridge

Location Croft Mill Aparthotel is located in the centre of the attractive small town of Hebden Bridge which lies 8 miles west of Halifax and is perfectly placed mid way between Leeds and Manchester, both less than an hour away.  The apartments have a car park which is a huge bonus in such a popular …

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Day 1. A short break in Calderdale

It was a long time since I last visited Hebden Bridge, a small market town nestled in the south Pennines, eight miles from Halifax.  We travelled there by car, making our first stop at Shibden Hall one mile outside Halifax.  This half timbered Tudor fronted house dating from 1420 is set in Shibden Park covering …

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Nostell Priory, Wakefield

Setting off early one weekend we decided to visit Nostell Priory on the outskirts of Wakefield in West Yorkshire.  Approaching Wakefield we stopped off for breakfast rolls and coffee at the Union Rooms in Batley which is just around the corner from a Mill Outlet so we had a quick look in there before moving …

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The National Coal Mining Museum

When researching my family history I discovered that I had numerous ancestors who had spent their working lives as coal miners so I thought it would be interesting to visit the National Coal Mining Museum for England and learn what it was like to work down a coal mine.  The museum opened in 1988 and …

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Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

The weather may have been dull and dreary but what better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than to attend a festive event.  When an invitation dropped into my inbox to preview the Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience, I was excited to find out more. The Lotherton Estate is situated in the north of …

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Leeds Light Night

One of the cultural highlights of the year in West Yorkshire is Leeds Light Night when, on two evenings in October, the city is transformed by spectacular light projections, interactive artworks and live music performances.  This was the first time that I had an opportunity to attend the event, which has now become one of …

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