Day 3. The Calderdale mill towns of Heptonstall and Todmorden

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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A walk along the Kennet & Avon canal in Newbury

What could be nicer on a warm, sunny spring day than to enjoy a leisurely wander along a canal towpath.  With this in mind, we jumped in the car and drove to Newbury, a market town in West Berkshire.  The town is approximately 30 minutes drive from Oxford and about an hour by train from …

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Bingley and its Five Rise Locks

We decided to visit Bingley to view the famous Five Rise Lock staircase on the Leeds Liverpool canal, which is the steepest in Britain.   Bingley is located in West Yorkshire and can be accessed by train as Bingley is on the Airedale Line with regular services from Leeds and Bradford.  The Locks are approximately …

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Day 3.  Exploring the Black Country Living Museum

The weather forecast seemed reasonable so we decided to spend the day at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, West Midlands, ten miles west of Birmingham.  Although the museum's postal address is Dudley,  the nearest railway station is Tipton.  We bought return rail tickets costing approximately £5 each for the 20 minute journey from Birmingham New …

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The Rochdale Canal in Central Manchester

One sunny afternoon in Manchester, instead of shopping we decided to take a 7 km canal side walk through the heart of the city.  The Rochdale canal runs from the Bridgewater canal at  the Castlefield basin across the Pennines to join the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire, a distance of …

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Surprising Sheffield

It's been at least 15 years since I last visited Sheffield so it was time to return to see how the city centre has changed.  We travelled by train arriving into Sheffield station late morning.  The concourse seemed bright and airy leading out onto Sheaf Square, a pedestrianised plaza featuring a cascading water wall and …

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Discovering waterside Leeds

I'd heard that there was more to Leeds than city centre shopping so one sunny morning I took the train there to have a look around.  Leeds is located in West Yorkshire and is only a two and a quarter hour rail journey from London King's Cross station.  Instead of leaving Leeds Railway Station from …

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Salford Quays and MediaCityUK

Salford Quays, Greater Manchester's waterfront destination is situated just a 15 minute tram ride away from the centre of Manchester, our destination today.  An adult return from Piccadilly costs £3 see Metrolink for details and passengers need to take the Eccles line for MediaCityUK.  If you are planning on travelling by car there is a large car …

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Skipton, Gateway to the Dales

A day out exploring Skipton, North Yorkshire