Summer does make me feel better, it's true. And on top of the usual sense of seasonal discouragement I've had a lot of family misery to deal with in the past 18 months. Not to mention the dreadful goings-on in the wider world.
But getting out in the winter months is often an unattractive prospect, and has to be done for sanity's sake as much as anything, so when I choose a place to visit or shop it needs to have something warm and cheery about it.
I've been going to Haworth quite a lot. A mild winter made the moors bearable most weekends, and I've followed many a trek up to Top Withins with a visit to The Wuthering Heights pub in Stanbury or Cobbles & Clay in Main Street. Two places which always serve something I can eat (I live on a fairly restricted diet) and offer a cosy atmosphere to warm up and dry out.
I've also been poking around Thornton. Last Summer I did a Bronte heritage walk around the village with a local expert so I learnt a more about the Bronte family, St James' Church, the Bronte Bell Chapel, and the Bronte Birthplace on Market Street (now Emily's Italian cafe & deli). It was so interesting that I've been drawn back several times. Recently I called into South Square Centre to see the Cliffe Castle Curiosity Shop exhibition. (By the way, their new cafe, Plenty at the Square, opens soon, so another reason to visit!)
Then last weekend I walked the section of the Great Northern Railway Trail (and part of the National Cycle Network) between Thornton and Queensbury. Parked in Thornton on a lovely Saturday morning, walked the two and a half miles to Queensbury, over Thornton viaduct, up the old station road into Queensbury, After exploring the village and the Mills, I walked back to Thornton.
It turned into a Grand Day Out!
|Bronte Bridge near Stanbury|
|Paperbird Haworth Poster|
|Paperbird Bradford villages & districts Tshirt|