See the Lakes on two wheels
- May 24, 2022
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See the Lakes on two wheels
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Are looking for somewhere that combines proximity to some of England’s loveliest countryside with easy access to the major cities of the north? You could not do much better than Halifax.
The historic market town lies between the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District National Park. It is also strategically located just 20km west of Leeds, 36km from Manchester, 10km from Bradford and 45km from Sheffield. All are easily commutable in less than an hour. It’s also a short drive to the M62 motorway. That connects you to Liverpool and Hull via Manchester, Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield.
If it’s peace and quiet you want, the local countryside beckons. Halifax is at the heart of ‘Brontë Country’. The windswept land of heather and wild moors inspired the famous literary sisters. And their brother Branwell, also a painter and writer. He was once station master for the nearby village of Luddendenfoot. Emily herself was inspired to write Wuthering Heights while working as teacher in Southowram. That’s just two miles from Halifax itself.
Other nearby attractions include Shibden Hall and Ogden Water Country Park and Nature Reserve. The town itself boasts the 12.5 acre People’s Park. This was created in 1857 and was donated to the people of Halifax by Sir Francis Crossley. Today it provides a green and pleasant haven for locals and visitors alike.
Halifax was historically famous for wool manufacturing, carpets, toffee and sweets. The recently refurbished Piece Hall began life in 1799 as cloth trading market. At one stage, it even became an airport of sorts. Not for planes, but for hot air ballooning! The hall was built around a fine Italian-style piazza, which now hosts concerts and other events. The building itself houses an art gallery, shops and cafes.
A more gruesome historical legacy is the Halifax Gibbet. This guillotine was used to dispatch condemned prisoners long before the French Revolution made the device famous. Today, more civilised public entertainment is available at the Victoria and Viaduct theatres. Or at the Shay Stadium, home to FC Halifax Town. The Shaymen currently play in the fifth tier of English football. Halifax is traditionally more of a rugby league town, though. The stadium is also home to the rather more successful Halifax Panthers. In an earlier incarnation, they were one of the 22 clubs that formed the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895.
Halifax also has an historic parish church. Dedicated to St John the Baptist, it was built during the 15th century. In 2009, it became one of three churches in West Yorkshire to be granted minster status. Like the town itself, the minster combines small town charm with a dash of historic splendour.
Halifax is a fantastic place to visit, or to use as a base for work in the area. Residential Estates has a variety of short-term lets in a recently refurbished building in the centre of town. Perfect for anyone planning a spell in this lovely part of the world. Halifax: your home from home in the heart of West Yorkshire.