Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Sunday strolling


Tumbling back down the hill from Heptonstall to Hebden Bridge is like entering a different world.  Whereas Heptonstall is all dark buildings, narrow streets and not many people about, Hebden Bridge is a busy, bustling little town, even on a dull Sunday afternoon.  Much of the centre is pedestrianised and ideal for laid-back strolling up and down, looking in the shops and maybe enjoying an ice-cream or a coffee at one of the many little cafés.  The centre is blessedly free of the chain stores that blight many a town centre and make everywhere seem the same.  Most of the shops are independent and are lots more interesting as a result.  If you look closely you can see a street entertainer who was crooning songs from the thirties.  I can't help thinking that Heptonstall might have a nicer 'vibe' if they had a few more flowers around to add a bit of colour.

Back to Saltaire tomorrow...  there's a Festival going on there....

17 comments:

  1. It sure looks a colourful, vibrant little town.

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  2. Colorful, crowdy, lovely flowers everywhere.. What an attractive place!

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  3. Now Hebden Bridge has always been a very odd place. When, in my extreme youth, I used to be a bus conductor on Halifax Corporation buses I would regularly be on the Hebden Bridge to Brighouse route and would always breath a sigh of relief once we had descended the valley passed Mytholmroyd.

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  4. Hebden Bridge looks gorgeous here!

    Have you come across the term 'Hebden happening' ?
    We first heard it when we took the children to see a circus sans animals (better in principle than reality!).
    Lots of right-on, slightly-hippy locals turned up to support it and as we stood in the queue they said 'let's make it a Hebden happening', so it turned into a bit of a party :-)
    Jane Gray

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  5. It's just so quaint and charming. Laughing at Alan...I want to know more about that! ha.

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  6. How beautiful! I can't wait until we can teleport from Wisconsin to Yorkshire! I want to be there. :-)

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  7. What a lovely little town, reminds me the once we went through when I was at the English coast.
    Since a few years we also have these hanging pots in Waterloo.

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  8. A beautiful spot. I like the idea of restricting town centers to bikes and walkers. That was tried in the US once upon a time, but has mostly fallen out of fashion. I think most Americans are unwilling to walk more than a few feet to access anything.

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  9. A wonderful capture Jenny - despite the busyness, there remains a sense of peace. And yes, those flowers to complete the scene. Valerie

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  10. A wonderful capture Jenny - despite the busyness, there remains a sense of peace. And yes, those flowers to complete the scene.

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  11. You are right, Jenny. A liberal use of flowers brightens up any town. I like the look of this one!

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  12. Those flowers sure complete the scene Jenny, and I'm with you on traffic-free areas!

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  13. Most enticing! I'd love to spend some time there.

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  14. Oh my goodness, what classic beauty to stumble upon! The flowers are just amazing!
    ~Lili

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  15. The flowers sure do add a ton of charm, as I'm sure does the crooner!

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