Skipton days

A view along a moorland road. There are grey skies up ahead promising rain A view along a moorland road. There are grey skies up ahead promising rainA view across an empty cafe room. There is a long table with chairs at one end by a window

If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time, you’ll know that one of my best friends is Lucy of Attic24, and I try to get over to Skipton to see her at least once a month (if my other best friends are reading this – move closer up north!!).  I’ve felt very spoilt as I’ve been able to catch up with her twice within the last two weeks, so not only have had I had the joy of chatting in person but I have also had this drive over the moorland from Colne in Lancashire to Skipton in Yorkshire.  I go through three counties to get to Skipton as I live in Cheshire, so I drive from Cheshire through Lancashire to North Yorkshire, and I love how the scenery changes from one county to another.

On this day, Storm Ciaran was blowing in from the south and those clouds didn’t look very promising!  In fact, in the second photo you can see rain on the windscreen (I always stop the car before taking photos on this road and usually get out, just so you don’t think I’m zooming along with a camera in my hand!) and by the time I was leaving, the weather had taken a turn for the worse and it was not a fun drive home.

Inside Coopers Cafe Bar, though, it’s warm and cosy.  You’ll have seen plenty of photos of drinks on the table when I’ve visited Cooper before, especially if I’ve been able to go on a Friday when the knit n natter takes place, and if you’re a reader of Lucy’s blog, you’ll have seen more than a few photos in her posts too, but this is what it looks like when it’s quiet.  We were the only ones sitting upstairs so I took the opportunity to snap a quick photo to show you what it looks like.  Those two tables are pushed together and sometimes more are added so that pretty much the whole of this room is taken up by people crafting and chatting.  It’s so lovely to be a part of.

A pine table is littered with large coloured cups and saucers, milk jugs, and knitting projects. In the foreground is a cup of hot chocolate overflowing with cream and marshmallows

I was back there again yesterday and the weather couldn’t have been more different!

A view along a moorland road. The sky is bright blueA view along a moorland road. The sky is bright blue and there's turning with a sign next to the roadA view along a moorland road. The sky is bright blueA view along a moorland road. The sky is bright blue

It takes me ages to get there when I keep stopping to take photos (sometimes I do stand in the middle of the road but it’s easy to see and hear cars coming) but I adore this drive over the moors in all weathers.  Sometimes there are sheep, sometimes not, but there’s always that huge sky, and the sense that the landscape is empty even though you know that it’s not: this is an area with plenty of farms and none of this land is unaccounted for.

After the knit n natter, Lucy and I went for a quick walk up into Skipton town as she had an appointment and I took the opportunity to visit Jane at Purl & Jane yarn shop to say hello and actually get a look around – in all the years I’ve been going to Skipton, every time I’ve visited and had time to call in, the shop has been shut, but yesterday I got to go in.  It’s such a lovely little shop – jam packed with gorgeous yarns that are all a bit different to what you might find in other yarn shops (although she did have some West Yorkshire Spinners and I spotted a couple of Winwick Mum yarns on the shelves too!)  Yes, I may have made a purchase, and I’ll show you tomorrow (yes, another post incoming – too much to tell you to put it all in one!)

After that, Lucy and I made our way back to Coopers for another drink and to share a scone – one of the highlights of a visit to Coopers is their fabulous hot chocolate and I slurped all of that up!

A large red cup on a blue saucer, full of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallows. The hot chocolate has overflowed onto the saucer. Behind the drink is a scone on a plate with jam and butter, and behind that another red cup on a saucer next to a red tea pot. The table is an old wooden one.

This time, thankfully, there was no stormy weather to contend with on the way home, but the sun was very low in the sky which made driving quite difficult at times.  Shortly before I stopped to take this photo, I’d been driving into the sun and I couldn’t see a thing for a few moments which was quite scary as I didn’t want to end up in a ditch!

A view along a moorland road. The sky is bright blue but the sun is low in the sky, throwing sunset light across the road

This is the view coming out of Yorkshire towards Lancashire again.  That’s a long hill down and then a long hill back up again – I’m always very grateful that I’m in the car and not on a bike!

I also saw these incredible clouds.   Aren’t they amazing?

Unusual horizontal clouds with the sun shining through.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen clouds with a hole in them quite like that!

Right, that’s me for today.  I haven’t quite got out of the habit of taking loads of photos from Blogtober so I’ve still got more to say – I’ll see you again tomorrow!  🙂



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30 Responses

  1. Audrey says:

    views look beautiful .Skipton is somewhere I’ve never been .I’ll have to get my daughter to take me sometime.

    • winwickmum says:

      You’ll love it, Audrey, I’m sure! Wednesday and Saturday are the big market days when the main street is closed if you like that kind of thing, but there are plenty of other shops and cafes to while away time! 🙂 xx

  2. Karen Bowland says:

    I’m lucky enough to live just off to the right of that glorious road, in the first photo the little turning to the right will bring you down into beautiful Lothersdale where I live. There’s a great pub here if you fancy a change from Coopers.

  3. Maxine Togneri says:

    Gorgeous pics as usual. I remember Year’s ago I was lucky enough to have a trip to Nelson, not far from Skipton to see the corrugater plant that was there. Stunning area with lots of witchy folklore

    • winwickmum says:

      Oh yes, Nelson is close to Pendle, isn’t it? I go past the turn off for there on the motorway – and there’s certainly plenty of witchy folklore around that area! A corrugater plant sounds very different to knitting! 🙂 xx

  4. Liz Clark says:

    Oh oh oh. I love you and Lucy in equal measure! 😍 will have to plan a mini break Up North and walk in your footsteps as you both have some wonderful scenery and places nearby 😍

  5. Jayne says:

    I’m a ridiculously anxious driver (after 3 dreadful RTA’s) so seeing these lovely empty roads and views really does inspire me to get back out there. I’m missing so much. My caravan is up in Yorkshire but OH does all the driving. Such a beautiful landscape. Thank you for sharing 🤩

    • winwickmum says:

      Oh, I can quite imagine why you wouldn’t want to get back behind the wheel again, and if you’ve got a driver then you certainly have some wonderful scenery to admire on the way! I think a caravan in Yorkshire would be a fabulous thing! xx

  6. Jeanette K says:

    What gorgeous countryside along your journey – I’m glad the weather was better for the drive this time. It sounds like you had a really nice visit with Lucy. rnjoy your weekend! It’s unexpectedly drizzling here this morning, so I shall be knitting rather than raking leaves, at least until things dry up outside.

  7. Susan Rayner says:

    Beautiful photos and so lovely to see the cafe where you meet up. The only time we have ever been to Skipton Jane’s was shut too. The lovely empty road is just a treat – something we can only dream of near the M25. Happy Weekend.

    • winwickmum says:

      Jane said that she’s changed her opening hours so that will hopefully make it easier for visitors. This is the only time I ever see a road this empty too, we’re too close to all the motorways here in Winwick as well 🙂 xx

  8. Ralea Hartshorne says:

    I was sat on the next table to you

  9. Jill says:

    Skipton/Nelson/Colne for the first 45 years of my life. Cycled that road many times, incredible views. You brought a little tear to my eye when I read your post……. think I need a visit soon. Love your news letters.

  10. Lucy@Attic24 says:

    It’s lovely to read about your visits from “the other side” as it were – like being a voyeur in my own life haha!! Wasn’t the weather fantastic yesterday? sunny from start to finish. Are you coming again next week then? xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • winwickmum says:

      Ha ha, that is funny! Well, now that you’ve mentioned it … this will be great until I tell you we’ve bought the house next door and you’ll never be rid of me 🤣 xx

  11. Rhonda says:

    I’m often driving home into the setting sun when it’s too low for the visor. I carry a peaked cap in my car and put that on when I’m driving into the sun. Loving your stories ❤️

    • winwickmum says:

      Oh that’s a good idea, thank you, I wouldn’t have thought about that. I did have the sun visor down but it came right underneath like I was driving into a train headlight! 🙂 xx

  12. Jill Muir says:

    Wow that chocolate looks a work of art! Looks wonderful. Jill who is now 90!

  13. Deni Hemsley says:

    My goodness – bet you had trouble with getting your zip up on your jeans today, after slurping your way through that decadent hot chocolate! I had to stop myself drooling all over my keyboard.

  14. Margaret Duff says:

    Great scenery and delicious looking hot chocolate. Just watch out for electric cars. You won’t hear them coming up behind you!

  15. Lenore says:

    All sounds absolutely fabulous Christine except the inclement weather and driving into the sun. I would like to be a fly on the wall when you are sipping your hot chocolate – perhaps a frothy white moustache or do you eat off the top with your teaspoon 😁😁. ❤️🌺

    • winwickmum says:

      Oh, I do my best to be civilised and use a spoon, but I invariably inhale the chocolate powder and end up in a coughing fit so any attempt at elegance is gone! 🙂 xx

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