Bridgewater canal, Sale

Day 3. Out and about in Manchester

Our final day in Manchester and the sun was still shining! After a leisurely breakfast in our cosy suite we gathered together our belongings and checked out of CitySuites, leaving our bags at reception to collect later in the day. Making the most of our weekend tram pass, it was then back to nearby Exchange …

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MediaCityUK, Salford Quays

Day 2. Exploring Manchester by tram

We woke to another sunny morning (who says it always rains in Manchester!) and after preparing breakfast in our swish apartment at CitySuites it was just a short walk across to Exchange Square. From a machine at the tram stop we purchased two Metrolink weekend travel cards allowing us unlimited tram rides across the entire …

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Shambles Square, Manchester

Day 1. A weekend in Manchester

I was so excited to be spending a weekend in Manchester as it's one of my all time favourite cities and somewhere I visit often. Five long months seemed much too long to be away and as our train approached Victoria station even the sun broke through the clouds to welcome us back. We'd arranged …

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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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Canal boats, Basingstoke canal, Odiham

Odiham and the Basingstoke Canal

The Basingstoke Canal was built in 1794 to connect Basingstoke with the River Thames at Weybridge.  Its intended purpose was to allow boats to travel between the docks in East London and Basingstoke allowing goods such as flour, timber and coal to be transported.  It was never a commercial success and from the 1950's due …

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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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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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Historic Buildings, Northwich

Day 3. Exploring Cheshire

Our final morning in lovely Cheshire but still no signs of any sunshine.  We started the day with another visit to Northwich as on the previous day we had focussed on its key attractions rather than the town itself.  The town welcomes motorists as the first car park we came across right in the centre …

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Anderton Boat Lift

Day 2. The Lion Salt Works & Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich Cheshire

After enjoying a relaxing breakfast in our idyllic Garden Room accommodation at Cheshire Boutique Barns, we set off for Northwich, 22 miles to the north. On our way we made a brief stop at Nantwich Marina where we had hoped to take a stroll along the towpath of the Shropshire Union canal but the weather …

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