Back to Yorkshire

rivington pennines 069From Holmfirth we were on familiar territory. We had crossed the moors and dropped down into ‘my’ neck of the woods; not quite home… but still… we were in West Yorkshire. The county (whatever various governments may have tried to tell us with their misguided bureaucratic meddling) consists of three Ridings, West, North and East, with York, our capital city at the centre, in the Ainsty. Just because the aforementioned governments have failed to recognise this in their paperwork over recent decades makes little difference… I’m a Yorkshire lass and I do. Yes, I’m fierce about it. It’s a Yorkshire thing… why muck about with our borders?

So I was home. The buildings looked right. The great sandstone-slabbed roofs looked right. It felt right.

We no longer need the map, the winding moorland roads are familiar from here back through the edge of Derbyshire to our destination in Sheffield, which is in the mythical South Yorkshire… an administrative construct, but still the West Riding, whatever they say. Some parts of it used to belong to Derbyshire, it is true, but some movement of borders is permissible…

We stopped above the revervoir at Strines to check the tyres after a particularly vicious pothole had bitten a chunk out of one… you’d think governments would be better occupied fixing the roads really… and I managed to get a reasonable shot of the tower that sits above the water.

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Strines Tower is also called Boots Folly or the Sugworth Tower. It was built in 1927 and was once panelled and had a room at the top where legend has it the owner could see High Bradfield Church and the grave-place of his late wife. It seemed fitting… another Prisoner in the Tower, this time bound by love. Although there had been another… a cow got stuck halfway up the spiral staircase, an incident that caused he staircase to be removed for safety.

By this time we were getting hungry, so decided to try the Yorkshire Bridge Inn for a bite to eat. The pubs are all decorated for Christmas and I can heartily recommend their warm turkey bap with stuffing, cranberry sauce and roast potatoes… a token bit of greenery on the side, ignored in favour of the warm mince pie…

We’d made good time, in spite of the detour and had the whole evening to look forward to. We even managed to work on the next workshop. And we had a Monday to come too!

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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26 Responses to Back to Yorkshire

  1. reocochran says:

    I will enjoy these thoughts as I drift off to sleep, Sue. Your gorgeous scenery was what really captivates me! Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season.


  2. Love the sky picture, thank you for sharing!


  3. Welcome back 🙂 Are you coming to Ilkley?


  4. Wonderful photos sue. I love Strines tower and the story of the long-ago owner, although the cow getting stuck up the staircase was better! 🙂


  5. Arts & Rhymes says:

    Beautiful scenery!!! 🙂


  6. Life+Me says:

    As a fellow yorkie i loved reading this post, thank you.


  7. Lovely scenery and great pictures and stories, Sue. This was an enjoyable read. 🙂 — Suzanne


  8. Eliza Waters says:

    I love learning about and seeing the land through your eyes – you really capture it so well!


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