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Trip Report Beautiful North

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Just a short trip report.
Two wonderful weekends in the north of England when the temperature and weather was just right for walking.
The first trip was to an area that I had not visited in a while: Bingley in West Yorkshire. The guide I used is “AA 50 walks in West Yorkshire”.
There is a wonderful trip along the river Aire from Bingley . It is an easy walk in that it is difficult to get lost. It climbs up steep to a crag called Druid’s stone and then drops you down through the St Ives estate to a lovely little tearoom where we had a pot of tea and millionaire short bread (they had had a run on scones and sold out).
I have attached a link to a walk that includes similar landmarks.
The walk introduces walkers to local flora and fauna and we saw a kingfisher, a heron, local and Canadian geese, a grey wagtail and a dipper. There were lush blue carpets of bluebell and a smell of Ramsons in the air. On the walk we also saw calendine and forget-me-knot.
We should have taken some sun protection as we both caught the sun.
On the way back from Bingley we went towards Guisely to see if the famous chippy (Harry Ramsdens) was still there. We didn’t find it but one called Wetherby Fisheries is there – not sure if this is in its place?
Harry Ramsdens was opened in 1934 and quickly became a tourist attraction for the working classes (it was very posh inside).
The last time I was in the area was when I used to visit the hospital (asylum) at Menston called High Royds, this boasted the longest corridor in a hospital. Tragically you would spot people shuffling along the corridor some totally oblivious to the people around them.

The weekend after we went to an area I have always wanted to go to but never managed: Dovdale.
On the way we passed two lovely towns: Macclesfield and Leek. The latter is a market town and has some interesting buildings as well as an interesting market. We are going to return to Leek for a longer stay (we were staying outside Leek with some fellow hikers).
The walk along the River Dove is a joy, especially if you choose a quiet time to visit ie not weekends.
We followed a map in the AA Book “50 walks in the Peak District” – it is very easy to follow. We went a little further than most people and ended in Miller Dale a pretty village selling ice cream. The trip back was via a dramatic gorge.
Who needs the Med when this is on your doorstep?

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