Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Silsden

Silsden canal walk

Silsden is a former mill town located in the Aire Valley of West Yorkshire.  This small town was a centre for textiles and nail-making and at one time was home to more than 200 small forges.  We'd decided to visit so that we could enjoy a walk along a short section of the Leeds & …

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River Aire, Gargrave

Exploring Gargrave

The picturesque village of Gargrave is located four miles north west of Skipton in North Yorkshire.  The A65 runs through the village linking Leeds in West Yorkshire with Kendal in Cumbria on the edge of the English Lake District.  Gargrave has its own railway station on the Leeds to Morecambe and Carlisle lines enabling walkers …

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Addingham weir, River Wharfe

A walk around Addingham

The village of Addingham is situated between Skipton and Ilkley and just one mile from the Yorkshire Dales National Park close to Bolton Abbey making it an ideal starting point for numerous walks in the surrounding countryside. The Dales Way long distance path starts in nearby Ilkley passing through the edge of Addingham along the …

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The White Lion Hotel, Hebden Bridge

The White Lion Hotel, Hebden Bridge

Hotel Review 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 …

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The Wheatley Arms, Ilkley

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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Cottages in Heptonstall

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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The Rochdale canal in Hebden Bridge

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

Croft Mill Aparthotel, Hebden Bridge

Hotel Review 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 …

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Croft Mill Aparthotel, Hebden Bridge beside the canal

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

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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