Blogs from Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Hebden Bridge August 30th 2019

It’s the Lesbian capital of the North”. It was one hell of an opening line at 9.00 am in the morning as we emerged from our pub lodgings. It was issued by a smartly dressed elderly gent wearing a regimental tie and highly polished shoes. We loitered to hear more. The chap gave us a potted life history encompassing life in the Canadian army and canal boats in Skipton. A condensed story that would put any elevator speech spouting business executive to shame. His taxi arrived to take him to a church service in Hebden Bridge. His parting shot was “I’m in the hands of the Lord until 12, then I get pissed”. This is typical Hebden Bridge. The Upper Calder Valley (Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden) gets a good deal of TV coverage in the U.K. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Hebden Bridge August 22nd 2019

Things I’ve learnt (recently). We are not really in Hebden Bridge. The blog site likes it and it’s sort of close enough. The weather is always better in the pub. I should write Alla as Alla not Ella. I should blog prior to 2 pints of cider. That mud sticks. Take that how you like but really it‘s a hiking reference. Read the map and guide book twice and walk the route once. Despite how good I think I am I don’t walk on water or mud. And the Pennine Way? Well the pictures tell the story really. Not a long day but 42526 steps which translates to close to 21 km and I’m trying to think if any were not in mud, soggy grass, water or boggy peat. Yes, some weren’t but not a lot. ... read more
See it was worth it.
The start of my first full English in forever. (No fruit, no yogurt and no muesli!).
Serious business this map reading.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Hebden Bridge August 20th 2019

Forty five and a half thousand steps. About 31 km, although 26.5 in theory. And another day on the Pennine Way bites the dust. And just a little hint don’t tell your sister that you finish in Hebden Bridge when in fact it’s 2 km further and every one of those steps is uphill. Didn’t matter that those 2 km were 2km we don’t have to walk tomorrow, just don’t do it. I was saved from physical harm only because I walk faster uphills and she could catch me. But a bath, a feed and a cider makes her human again and all is fine. We kitted up to start. Coats, waterproof pack covers, gaiters... because it was pretty ugly. Rain, dark clouds and strong winds. That combination on the moors is not good but when ... read more
There’s no such thing as a bad trig point.
She just keeps follow me.
Told you. She does.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Hebden Bridge July 17th 2015

Walking to the station in Sheffield to catch the 8:22 to Leeds and on to Hebden Bridge. A first. The early morning warm, muggy, faintly-damp air lends itself to the feel of 'after a monsoon' but it is summer in South Yorkshire. A young man sits opposite me on the Leeds train. He's bright-white shirted with a fold ironed down the sleeves with the neck tightly buttoned and fastened with a small-knot black tie. He reads the local free paper and so do I, or rather I look at the pictures. Somewhere between Sheffield and Wakefield, he takes out a note book and fine-line pen, and starts a line drawing full of architectural detail in a building drawn, not from a book or photograph but, from inside his head. It doesn't take much for me to ... read more
The Butress
the dead looking over the valley

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