It’s been just over ten years since I was last in Yorkshire and the village that I grew up in and went to school to, just outside of Wakefield. I have a mix up of both bad and good memories with living in the north, my childhood was wonderful but my teenage years troublesome so going back by booking into a sweet little cottage felt like putting it all to rest in the best kind of way. It’s the strangest feeling seeing your schools again for the first time in more than half of your lifetime!
Where to stay in the Yorkshire dales
Station cottage is based in Oakworth, by Keighley, and is so close to the station that you can walk there in seconds and hear the steam train whistling throughout the day. It’s a gem of a holiday cottage and somewhere that I will definitely be taking a return trip to should I need another dose of nostalgia.
Hebden Bridge is crammed full of independent shops and vegetarian cafes, making it a hotspot for lunchtime shopping and cake eating. Humblest of Pleasures is vegan food meets comfort food and was one of my greatest finds of the trip.
Where to eat in the Yorkshire dales
Talking of great finds, Alexander’s in Skipton does the cocktails and lunch situation better than any. I did my usual trick of trying to see off as many cocktails in the menu as possible and ordered the vegan bean cassoulet which was a complete delight. I left wishing I was a local as I’d be glued to their terrace area each and every weekend.
I took along a Fujifilm Quicksnap once again for this trip as I always find that memories flood back far more vividly when shooting with film. A few of my snaps were also taken with my trusty Canon EOS M3 as I find between the two I can swap them around to create the exact image that I want to capture.
Our stay at Station Cottage was priced at £436 for 7 nights in early September, making it a steal as there’s enough room for five people, plus it’s dog friendly too! Yorkshire, I’ll be back soon.