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Weekend Walk: Bingley-Harden

The Airedale town of Bingley is starting point for several good walks and this shorter one is as satisfying as any.

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The Parterre garden  at Sledmere House  at Sledmere. Picture: Gary longbottom

Bike route: Rolling along in the wide Wolds

With summer now definitely upon us I took my first-ever trip to the Yorkshire Wolds for this week’s ride and added some coastal resorts into my route to give it a seaside flavour. At 58 miles long it’s quite a bit further than my usual pedals, but a lack of any monster climbs meant my legs could just about handle it.

PIC: Bruce Rollinson

What does the future hold for pigeon racing? The sport born in a Leeds pub

Like dominoes and darts, pigeon racing is a Great British pastime. But with fanciers claiming the historic sport is under threat Sarah Freeman finds feathers are flying. Pictures by Bruce Rollinson.

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Author and historian Sam Taylor.

My Yorkshire: Historian and author JPG ‘Sam’ Taylor

Historian and author JPG “Sam” Taylor was a teacher for almost half a century. Educated at Cambridge and now nearly 90, he is currently researching material for a new book, based on family diaries.


Windfall for cycling city. The week that was June 20 to 26, 2008

Oil-rich states should use the trillions of dollars they were making from soaring prices to finance new nuclear power plants in Britain, said Prime Minister Gordon Brown during this week in 2008.


Nostalgia on Tuesday: Grand opening

Hull-born aviator Mrs Amy Mollinson (better known as Amy Johnson) officially opened Sewerby House and park in brilliant sunshine in front of 15,000 people on June 1, 1936. The Mayor of Bridlington said it was a pleasure to welcome the greatest airwoman in the world. Her record had not been equalled, let alone surpassed.

Jez Belsten at the Euro Supermarket.

A food shop tour of Bradford with cult Saltaire chef and baker Jez Belston

Desperate for some za’atar or kaffir lime leaves? Cult Saltaire chef and baker Jez Belston takes Joan Ransley on an epicurean tour of his favourite Bradford food shops.

Tour de France, Holme Moss..Picture by West Yorkshire Police..

Bike Route: Hitting the peaks on a tough one

The Peak District is one of the jewels in Yorkshire’s cycling crown so I thought it was about time I sampled it first-hand after witnessing the world’s best riders tackle some of its most famous peaks in this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. Whilst I was there I combined my route to retrace some of the 2014 Tour de France stage into Sheffield and in the process devised one of the toughest rides I’ve taken all year.

Swinsty Reservoir

Weekend Walk: Swinsty - John O’Gaunt Reservoirs

Most visitors to the Washburn Valley to the south west of Harrogate walk enjoy walks beside the string of reservoirs built to supply tapwater to Leeds in the 19th century.

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Tide turns in flood battle: The week that was June 13 to 20, 2002.

Tide turns in flood battle: The week that was June 13 to 20, 2002.

More than 1,000 hectares of land along the River Humber could be turned into flood plains as part of
long-term plans unveiled this week to reduce
the threat posed by rising sea


Nostalgia on Tuesday: Rise of the tram

After submitting plans for the Spen Valley Light Railways Order in 1899, and a further one in 1900, the British Electric Traction Group established a subsidiary company – the Yorkshire (Woollen District) Electric Tramways Co Ltd (YWD). The YWD was to operate tramways radiating from Dewsbury, to feed the heavy woollen districts of Thornhill, Ravensthorpe, Heckmondwike, Batley, Liversedge, Hightown, Moorend and Birkenshaw.

Bike Route: A castle, a college and climbs...

Bike Route: A castle, a college and climbs...

Working for Welcome to Yorkshire you get to visit all four corners of the county but I’d never actually made it to the Howardian Hills. I was determined to put that right so I loaded up my bike, headed to Malton, and took on a scenic 63-mile loop which featured much of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Field path between Hebden and Grassington

Weekend Walk: Grassington - Hebden circular

Of the numerous circular walks available from Grassington this is one of the shortest, easiest and most satisfying.

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Carol Cavendish pictured at North Shire, Liverton, Saltburn by Sea...The Hobbit House.25th May 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Meet the woman who has built her own land of make-believe in North Yorkshire

Abandoned as a baby, Carol Cavendish grew up escaping through fairytales. Now she tells Lucy Oates how she has built her own land of make-believe in North Yorkshire.

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Barrie Rutter in Rutherford & Son in 2013.

Barry Rutter: Sound and fury of a bard in a Northern voice

As Northern Broadsides marks its 25th anniversary, Nick Ahad takes a walk down memory lane with founder Barrie Rutter and finds the future is far from certain.

STUFFED FULL: Heather Bowser in Pandoras Cabinet of Peculiarities and Other Side Show Curiosities. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

York to welcome new museum that will be a shrine to the oddball

Railways, chocolate and the Vikings are already covered, but now York is set to welcome a new museum that will be a shrine to the oddball. Sarah Freeman reports.

Khadijah Ibrahiim.

Khadijah Ibrahiim: My Yorkshire

Leeds-born Khadijah Ibrahiim is artistic director of Sema Roots Theatre and executive director of Voices of a New Generation youth slam festival. She is also creative associate of Ode to Leeds at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

PA photo; Stefan Rousseau

Euro ‘not ruled out’ says Hague: The week that was June 6-12, 1998.

Tory Opposition leader William Hague suggested this week that his hardline stance against the European single currency might soften if it proved over time to be an economic boon and did not create a European superstate.

Bentley colliery underground

Nostalgia on Tuesday: Pit’s tragic past

Coal mining costs, in terms of human life, were extremely high throughout 19th and 20th centuries. Mining communities were extremely fortunate if they did not experience loss of life on a large scale. Sadly, Bentley colliery was to witness two disasters during its existence from 1908 to 1994.

We can expect some extremely hot weather this summer.

It may be raining today but weather experts believe we could be set for a scorching summer of record temperatures

Don’t laugh, but the UK could be set for a record-breaking summer with the mercury set to hit 35C.

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