Train ride to Hebden Bridge

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Last Saturday I decided to take Winston on a day trip to Hebden Bridge. I thought it would be a winner for both of us – he would get to enjoy the freedom and experience of the train and it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, plus I wouldn’t have to worry about parking. I hate trying to park when you don’t know the area. We set off about 10am and it took about an hour and a half to get there…and only cost £6.40 return which I thought was a good deal.

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Apparently Hebden Bridge is the place in the UK with the most independent shops and it certainly shows – the only shop I saw that was a regular high street shop was Boots – and it is closed on Saturdays! I love having no time pressure so we were able to just wonder round for a couple of hours. We stumbled across a craft fair going on in a local community hall so of course we went in and had a look.  I was pleased when I found a hand knitted chunky beanie for £8 – in fact I am wearing this very second – I’m one of those people that can’t resist wearing something new no matter how inappropriate the item is for the ocassion. The craft fair also had tiny cafe so Winston enjoyed some vegetable korma with naan bread…which I took home for him to finish for dinner.

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The weather wasn’t great and my feet were soaked as I stupidly put on comfy shoes rather than boots. For some reason boots can make my feet feel claustrophobic! It is a beautiful Yorkshire town with innate peace that you can really feel. It is known for it’s complementary therapies, craft and alternative energy scene…which mostly makes me want to move there. There were so many posters about events and goings-on that I would love to attend – all sorts – spinning workshops, meditation evenings, flea markets, Christmas crafts, rag markets, reflexology evenings etc. I will definitely be making another visit at some point in the near future as the bad weather was a bit restrictive, and Winston didn’t seem to want to sleep so was getting a bit of a grump by the end of it.

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When we got home we had a nice shower, put on our thermal socks and watched the first half hour of Strictly Come Dancing! 🙂

E xx



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