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Nostalgia on Tuesday: End of the line

During Britain’s first electric tramway era the Dearne District Light Railway was the last to open. Meandering from Barnsley, it linked with the mining areas of the Dearne Valley.

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Bike Route: Wind power played a large part

Bike Route: Wind power played a large part

I headed into the North York Moors for this week’s ride and took on one of the toughest loops I’ve ever undertaken for this column.

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Peter Tuffrey collection

Nostalgia on Tuesday: Rise of the cinema

Prior to the 19th century, Halifax residents could find entertainment in a number of pub yards where travelling players performed.

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The Yorkshire pub with a starring role in the Waitrose Christmas ad

It was back in the early 1980s that Tan Hill got a taste of overnight fame when it provided the backdrop for that now iconic Everest double glazing ad.

Fast forward almost 40 years and Britain’s highest pub in Richmond, North Yorkshire, has just landed another starring role - this time in Waitrose’s Christmas television campaign.

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The River Aire winds it's way out of Skipton towards Gargrave.

Bike Route: Some old haunts off beaten track

I broke with tradition this week and instead of my usual looped rides, I took a more linear route which took me in a north easterly direction from Keighley to Settle.

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Looking towards Carlton Bank from the cairn on Live Moor

Weekend Walk: Swainby and Live Moor

This route is far from being a staple feature of walking guides to the North York Moors National Park, yet judging by the number of people encountered on the stretch through Clain Wood and over Live Moor it seems fairly popular.

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Fountain at Wakefield Park

Nostalgia on Tuesday: Park pleasures

A large part was played by wealthy Victorian benefactors in providing finances and land to be used for educational and leisure facilities, mainly for the underprivileged working classes.

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Skipwith Common at Skipwith near York.

Bike Route: A ride with autumn at its best

I picked a perfect day for this week’s column – the sun was shining, there was no wind, and I was riding on almost exclusively dry roads.

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Looking down on Horton-in-Ribblesdale, end of the walk

Weekend Walk: Ribblehead to Horton

A great way for walkers to use the Settle-Carlisle railway line is to alight at one station and catch a train back from another.

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Nostalgia on Tuesday: Cutting edge

Nostalgia on Tuesday: Cutting edge

In a commemorative booklet published during the early 20th century, Sheffield cutlers Joseph Rodgers & Sons stated they had been ‘By Appointment Under Five Sovereigns’.

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Roche Abbey

Bike Route: Beauty hidden in a quiet corner

After taking a spin on my mountain bike for last week’s column, I was back on my trusty road bike this time around and exploring a corridor of South Yorkshire countryside nestled between the M18 and A1.

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On the Trans Pennine Trail

Weekend Walk: Upper Don Valley

The Don is one of the great rivers of the industrial revolution in Yorkshire but you wouldn’t know it from its beautiful origins to the north of Sheffield

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Backlash over Boycott sacking: The week that was October 24 to 30, 1983.

Backlash over Boycott sacking: The week that was October 24 to 30, 1983.

During this week in 1983, Yorkshire County Cricket Club was facing a special general meeting over the sacking of Geoff Boycott following months of friction. Boycott supporters in the Yorkshire Members 1984 Group, furious that he had been “run out of the club” before his testimonial season the following year, had gathered more than enough signatures to force the meeting.

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Workers gather peat on Thorne Moors

Nostalgia on Tuesday: For peat’s sake

Peat, an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation, especially bog-moss, has been extracted by various means over time. Until recently, a flourishing peat industry was a common sight on Thorne and Hatfield Moors, forming the largest area of lowland raised peat bog in Britain. The moors are located in South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, and are part of the historic Hatfield Chase.

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Bike route: Wet and tiring uphill challenge

Bike route: Wet and tiring uphill challenge

I took a trip to Wakefield this week to sample the countryside which lies to the south-east of the city.

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The village of Conistone

Weekend Walk. Conistone Dib

Conistone Dib is a limestone gorge which at one point narrows to allow walkers to pass through it one at a time.

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Campaign to die with dignity: The week that was October 3 to 9, 2008

Campaign to die with dignity: The week that was October 3 to 9, 2008

A multiple sclerosis sufferer from West Yorkshire said that a lack of legal clarity had created a dilemma over whether her husband could help her to die with dignity if her condition became unbearable, the High Court heard this week in 2008.

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Nostalgia on Tuesday: Hall’s glory days

Nostalgia on Tuesday: Hall’s glory days

Since 1900, about 1,200 English country houses have been demolished, largely due to drastic social, political and financial changes.

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Sheep dance and race for crowds as village show raises charity cash

Dancing sheep, racing sheep and a duck and sheep show. A proud tradition spanning 30 years, the Masham Sheep Fair returned to the market town this weekend and with it drew a crowd of thousands.

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York balloon festival video. The view from the basket

Photographer James Hardisty took to the ballon basket to capture this colourful event on video and interview balloonist Claire Westwood.

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