Well, that's the first of our planned trips done. We were picked up by a feeder coach at 7.50 am Friday and met the main coach at Chesterfield. From there we went to Holmfirth and spend over four hours there! Much to long in my opinion but it is a nice town with lots of interesting buildings, alley ways and cobbles. We were told by the driver to wait at a particular place to be picked up but there only seemed to be me and Graham waiting so we started to get a bit worried. The driver eventually found us, he had parked in a different place because a traffic warden had told him he couldn't park where he'd told us to wait.
From Holmfirth we travelled to the hotel on the outskirts of Brighouse. The food was good, the beds comfortable and the staff very pleasant.
Saturday we set off for Keighley. No sooner had the bus started when I got a nose bleed. It didn't stop for an hour so I was feeling pretty grim by the time we got to Keighley. Keighley is interesting architecturally and we had a nice walk round but took a wrong turn and got lost! We were meeting the rest of the party at the railway station so had to hurry and find our way back. We got on the steam train at the lovely, restored railway station. The staff were all dressed in 'proper' British Rail uniforms, not the sloppy looking stuff they wear these days. Skills had reserved a carriage for us, we had hoped it would be a really old fashioned one but it was a 1960s one. We enjoyed the short train ride and were picked up by the coach a Haworth and driven up to the old part of the town. It's a good job we were, it was very steep and our party mainly consisted of old fogies (like us!). I wanted to have a look in the Bronte Vicarage Museum but by the time we'd had a cup of tea and lunch there wasn't time.
From Haworth we were driven to Skipton for a ride on a canal barge where we were served tea and biscuits. It was a pleasant relaxing ride. Then it was back to the hotel.
By this time I was feeling a bit rough.
Next morning I was feeling very rough and asked at the reception if they had any asprin but they aren't allowed to give out things like that. Luckily a young fellow overheard me and was kind enough to give me some of his co-codamol, which helped me get through the rest of the day.
At 10.15 am we set off for Saltaire. I've been wanting to go here for a long time. We had a guided tour around part of it and then had about another hour or so to do as we pleased. It really is worth a visit.
After Saltaire we set off for home, arriving back in Arnold at about 5.15 pm. A friend picked us up and very kindly had arranged for us to have dinner at their house that evening. I was so glad of this because by then I felt really ill. I was in bed for 9 pm.
I spent most of the next three days in bed with a horrendous cold and extremely painful sinuses. Today I'm feeling a bit better.
So, we enjoyed the weekend very much but would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't caught the damned cold!!! We took some photos but I haven't downloaded them yet, I'll let you see them as soon as I do.