If you don’t know the region, West Yorkshire is a stunning county of rolling hills, hidden valleys, dry stone walls and stunning Victorian structures from the height of the Industrial Revolution.
Huddersfield itself has some wonderful architecture, especially around the station, library and post office, but the town centre is struggling to compete with the out of town shopping centres and the lure of Manchester and Leeds. Huddersfield has it’s moments though with thriving football and rugby teams, good regional theatre, an excellent local orchestra and wonderful food and real ale festivals, its also at the heart of Yorkshires fine real ale trails. For shopping and a more hopping night life Manchester and Leeds are both under 30 minutes by train, and both stations open right in the centre of thriving shopping areas and a vibrant cultural life.
To the east we have the award winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park with is wonderful walks and amazing sculptures, always worth a visit. Moving east we have the National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield has the Hepworth Gallery and a great deal of impressive victorian architecture as well as a grand cathedral, and out further is the charming town of beverly, hull and the impressive Yorkshire coastline.
If you want a more peaceful visit we are surrounded by be beautiful stone built villages; most notably Holmfirth, famous as the setting for “Last of the Summer Wine”, which is just 15 minutes drive away. Its a large and vibrant village with beer, folk and food festivals, wonderful real ale pubs and great tea rooms.
Around an hour away to the south west are the towns and villages of the Peak District; Glossop, Buxton, Bakewell and many more, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Ladybower reservoir, Kinder Scot and Edale to name but a couple of outstanding spots.
Moving north and west Marsden is at the edge of the northern Peaks, most famous for Standedge, Britain’s longest canal tunnel, it is the epicentre of a number of glorious walks from a gentle stroll along the canal to a tea room and visitor centre, or a climb up on to Marsden or Meltham moors replete with the history trails and tales of travel across the tops via the Standedge Pennine crossing into Manchester.
North of Huddersfield are the lovely villages of Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge, more famous in recent years for the terrible flooding they have suffered, these are lovely paces to visit with festivals, tea shops and very active arts communities. Again excellent for walking, the Calder Valley is a classic example of Victorian Transport engineering with a river, canal, road and railway line within a stones throw of each other.
Just under an hour north gets you to Howarth, home of the Brontes and the Bronte Museum, and an endless supply of walks on the Yorkshire Dales from a gentle stroll to the Bronte Waterfall and Top Withens to the 11 mile circular Worth way and an excellent 15mile hike across the tops to Hebden Bridge and back.
And last but by no means least, an hour by car or 45 minutes by train gets you to the heart of York, one of the most interesting English cities with its soaring Minster, the iconic Shambles medieval streets full of tea rooms and markets, the amazing Jorvik Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum to name but a few of the attractions on offer.
If you are coming from further afield we are almost central to the UK, middling east to west with excellent road and rail links from Liverpool to Hull and we are almost exactly half way between London and Edinburgh by car or train. If you have any questions about the area or travelling more widely in the UK please feel free to email me your questions.