A Wednesday in June, the weather was not as good as forecast, but warm and sunny in places. Phil had been working at home and having been glued to the computer, late afternoon we eventually left the house. With no aim in mind we wandered up to the top of the road onto the buttress. As we climbed, I tried not to slip on the cobbles which never get the sun.
At the top we sat briefly on the wall to catch our breath then continued along Heptonstall road thinking about going to Lee Wood. Instead, we headed down the next path which I thought might lead to Moss Lane but as we descended, I realised it would end up at Foster Mill Bridge. As we approached, we headed left to go through Hollins and into Hareshaw Wood.
It became warmer and I stripped off a layer and rest on some large stones just off the path. We kept to the lower part of the wood and crossed the stream now totally dried up (odd as we’d had rain recently) and down to the ‘Swiss chalets’.
Over the stone bridge, we walked along the river towards town, crossing back at the next bridge to the sunny side. Pausing for a bit of beachcombing, we spotted a bike and I said “You always find something on this beach!” (although it was obviously not detritus).
Further on, we laughed at kids practicing with stilts on Salem Fields (Phil joked it had spoiled the surprise for what was in store during the ‘Handmade Parade’.
At Valley road, we went back alongside the river then into the centre in search of beer. After circumnavigating the town, we ended up back in the square. I sat at a small table outside the shoulder as he went to the bar. Supping pints, we watched the early evening antics; a young jackdaw strutted about and jumped on a crisp packet for the hell of it; children ran about and cycled round their parents; a friend passed by and gave us a cheery wave. We reflected that it was almost like being on holiday – sitting in the town square now full of pubs and cafes, except here all the latter shut at tea-time. Maybe it’s time to change that. After all, we’ve only got 20 drinking establishments in the town centre (at the last count)…
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