We’ve just come home from a few days in Hebden Bridge, in West Yorkshire. Several times a year we visit this charming market town, staying at the Croft Mill apartments. The town itself is very charming, and is a great starting point for a walking holiday.
On Saturday morning we set off quite early, packed with tea and snacks. Although some rain had been forecast, we were hopeful that it would clear up and give way to sunny spells. We had set our sights of reaching one of the highest points to the north east of the beautiful Hardcastle Craggs, a National Trust area. Walking through the forests and fields up to the moors had a gloomy magic, and reminded me of the paintings of Frisian painter Willem van Althuis. I think he would have appreciated the very light but soft colour palette, and the beauty of the landscape with its cottages and rows of trees.
Although it was very cold still, we were surprised to see little snow banks left on the side of roads and fields. When we finally reached the top of the moor, we decided not to go further as the mist grew thicker, and with the moors being very wet and soggy, we felt it safer to go back through the fields and forests towards the Hardcastle Craggs. As soon as we set back though, the sun broke through the clouds and the mist disappeared as quickly as it had arrived.
We had a little picnic on a bridge over a small beck, and continued our walk towards Gibson Mill where we enjoyed a hot cup of coffee and cake. From there we walked along the beautiful Hebden Beck, meandering through a valley with trees covered in neon moss, and with great rocks dotting the forest. Following the beck we finally reached our apartment, and enjoyed a nice and quiet evening inside.
This morning I visited the Hebden Bridge Antiques Centre, where I picked up a wonderful antique sampler from 1829, stitched by a young Yorkshire girl. I’m about to start charting the sampler, which I will be offering as a period sampler design very soon!