Barnoldswick

T picks Barnoldswick as our final stop on this trip, its just inside Lancashire and a lovely spot. In fact it’s the highest town on the Leeds Liverpool canal and the summit is less than a mile from the campsite.

The drive there is about 2.5 hours through Beverly which looks like a place worth a further look and also Bradford where we drive along Gordon Terrace which has a thriving cafe culture.

The camp site Bridge Holme is off the main road down a hill. It’s a lovely spot attached to a working farm with cows and goats. The sun is shining and the setting picturesque so after lunch I decide to read in the sun and T goes on a bike ride to the canal. Enjoy an entertaining 30 mins when the bull and bullocks line up next to our van mooing for food.

Eventually we get showers and wander into town looking for food. This is quite challenging on a Monday evening here. We have a pint in the Cross Keys and then find the pub McCulloughs, recommended by the campsite owner. It’s really unusually decorated with one room a homage to the beatles, another to jazz. There’s a covered outdoor room. We each have a filled bap in lieu of a meal and then decide to join in the music quiz starting at 8pm. It’s well done and fun and we come 4th out of 6. We nearly came 3rd our score driven by T winning The Beatles round but had a truly terrible last picture round. It finished about 10pm and we strolled home eating the best chicken spring rolls we’ve ever tasted! A fun day.

Val Doonican

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