Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hit The North - But Where?

Northern Rockers

I’m heading north to Yorkshire for a few days after Easter (between Holmfirth and Huddersfield). During my Civil Service days I regularly buzzed through all parts northern, popping into hotspots and hubs like the Customs Houses or VAT Sub-Offices of Crewe, Blackburn and Wigan. Trips that came with the added bonus of a creative 'travel and subbies' system, - a great way to squeeze out a few extra earth pounds towards bulking up that budding CD collection.

But that was a million years ago, and I haven’t been up north since '97 when we camped in Castleton and had a spot of bother with mad Manchester axeman (yes, really) – I’ve found out since Castleon was the location for this Italian Splatter Pic’ – If only I’d known before.

I’ve got four days and open agenda apart from a visit to Huddersfield to see the site of the Sex Pistols final UK gig in '77 (was Ivanhoe’s Nightclub- is now a Lidls). And a stop off on the way up to have a real Bakewall pudding (you can’t call them ‘tarts ‘in Bakewell). So, any dos, don’ts or sites to see while doing my great north run would be massively appreciated…

PS Holmfirth and Haworth are probably on the cards too…


9 comments:

Cocktails said...

Huddersfield isn't the most exciting place in the world. I had to spend a few days there for work purposes myself a few years back. The highlight was the breakfasts in the hotel where I stayed - no boring breakfast buffets there, I had kedgeree or kippers off the menu every day.

York was much more interesting! Harrogate and Ripon are quite nice too, if you haven't already been there.

Cocktails said...

Or you could go and find the cottage that features in Withnail and I?

I think that's in Yorkshire. Or is it the Lakes District...

Planet Mondo said...

I went so see Southend play Huddersfield at home with my mate Marmite years ago - it hasn't stuck in the memory. York's lovely - do they still have the Granda TV shop there.

Never seen Withnail Mrs PM has but reckons it's not my sorta thing..this place is just up the road though

And why do they all smoke 'Regal' gaspers up north..

Keith said...

I have no clue about any of those places, so I don't know what to say. lol Wow! Hope you didn't have too much trouble with those axe men. You will have to share that with us. I hope you have a good time with your time away after Easter. I'm planning a few days away this summer to Myrtle Beach. It's in South Carolina, which is the state right below where I live.

Couture Carrie said...

Enjoy your holiday!

xoxox,
CC

Planet Mondo said...

Keith - perhaps I'll save the axeman story for halloween, it's the same night that ended with me driven round the Peak District at 90 miles an hour in the back of a police car.

Myrtle Beach - wow I've just had a walk about using Google Street View

Thanks Carrie - I'll try and post some blog-pics..

Piley said...

like stewart lee said on his tv show this week... not every town HAS to have a cake named after it...

Planet Mondo said...

They should do something for Southend P a Southend Tart, or Bun In The Oven perhaps

Valentine Suicide said...

My Mrs is from Yorkshire and I love it up there.

Grassington's a nice little village in the middle of nowhere.

Holmfirth etc are worth a look and the Sculpture Park where me and my Mrs went on our first date (aaah!)

Have a look around Leeds City Centre too..