We have a lot to thank today’s tv programme makers for. Their banal, cheap and mindless creations give us all the incentive we need to head out into the Yorkshire countryside, spend more time in the garden or just socialise properly. We don’t have repeats any more, we have ‘another chance to see again’ – which suits me to the ground: another chance to visit some of my favourite places – out of doors. And what’s this? Celebrity Chefs 60-minute Makeover on Ice? Excellent. it gives me enough time  to pop down to the local wood to listen to the evening birdsong instead. Later in the evening? A group of people I vaguely remember seeing on TV talking about the Top 50 TV presenters with dodgy North East accents… time for that book about Yorkshire dialect I’ve been meaning to read. Another of my TV escape routes is family history and this weekend it took me out to Slaidburn, that characterful western outpost of the old West Riding. A distant ancestor lived there two hundred years ago, so a short tootle around the graveyard was called for. Coincidentally, Slaidburn’s busy local history group currently have an interesting display about the village at Settle Folly. It’s well worth a visit, as is the Folly itself, a Grade 1 listed 17th century house in the centre of the town.  I have a confession, however. I did get back home in time for the footie… on telly.

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  1. Paul Booth

    As a Heavy Woollen man Paul you obviously enjoy the Calderdale district. I have often walked from Haworth to Hebden Bridge. But quite often feel a bit disappointed with that side of the hills. Maybe it would be better to start at Hebden Bridge and end in Haworth and enjoy the incomparable Timothy Taylor’s ale in the Fleece pub — in the High Street at the end my trek.


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