During the Christmas break it was lovely to have a bit of free time. One of my favourite things to do is get out walking, whatever the weather (unless it’s really horrible and wet). I had a fancy for a trip to Haworth, as it’s a beautiful characterful village. I also knew that there is a shop in Haworth that Holly LOVES – they sell Maileg mice, which are her current obsession. She had some Christmas money she wanted to use, I wanted to go to Haworth and Mr R was just along for the ride.
We started out at Oakworth, which is one train stop away from Haworth. Our plan was to walk from Oakworth to Haworth, have lunch and catch the steam train back for a bit of adventure. It’s only about a mile/mile and a half walk, so not too bad until you get to the bottom of Haworth – that hill is a killer!
We had a wander alongside the railway line into a bit of a nature reserve. It was pretty bleak at this time of year. We had to turn back though. Despite us waking past a sign which clearly states there was no through way to Haworth, Mr R thought there would be and insisted on us ploughing in. It took every ounce of willpower I have not to say “I told you so”!
As soon as we arrived in Haworth Hols wanted to go to the Maileg shop aka Wave of Nostalgia. She took some time choosing which mice she wanted and settled for a princess and the pea set and the Queen mouse. One very happy girl!
We then paid a visit to my favourite shop, the Cabinet of Curiosities. This beautiful shop is like stepping into a vintage apothecary shop, and I love its character.
Next we had a wander round the back of the church and saw the famous Bronte parsonage – neither Hols or Mr R wanted to go for a look round it though, so we went for some lunch and then had a walk back to the train station via the far side of the park.
We dropped lucky as the steam train was just getting ready to set off so passed under the bridge while we were stood on it. I stood on one side to get a picture. Hols and Mr R stood on the other side and ended up with a face full of soot and steam as the engine passed by!
We waited at Haworth station to catch the train back to Oakworth. It was only a 5/10 minute train journey, but we all love a steam train so it was worth doing.
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway runs from Keighley to Oxenhope and is run by volunteers. It’s a great day out, whether you’re a train enthusiast or not!