I’d been thinking about taking the bus to Huddersfield just because I heard it goes over t’tops. Today looked like the perfect day to do it – bright, sunny and freezing. I can catch the bus directly outside my house, and the buses tend to be nice and warm. But rather than go all the way to Huddersfield I decided to just go halfway – to Ripponden – where I’d had a nice pint in the Old Bridge Inn a couple of times before. I wasn’t disappointed with the bus ride. It followed the route that Sarah and I had taken on our way to Manchester airport, where she had pulled over to take a photo of t’tops in the mist and drizzle. It suited her mood as she was leaving England.

However, it was quite different today!


From the bus today


Ripponden church


The pub’s buffet




Ripponden church. Since the door was open I stepped in and found myself in the midst of frantic comings and goings as people prepared the stalls for tomorrow’s craft fair. I was welcomed and encouraged to come back tomorrow when the entire town will be holding their Christmas fair. I asked if I could purchase a couple of items today. Fine, but I didn’t have any change. What a good excuse to go to the pub next door!


The pub’s buffet. There was only one other table in use, but only one table was available. all the others were reserved! Guess this is a popular lunchtime venue. 


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Cider – yum


Sense of humour. A house in Ripponden not named ‘My Repose’, or ‘Grand View’ – just ‘The Crumbling Old Wreck’


My find at the church fair

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Bumpy bus ride across the moors


It’s like being on the sea front