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Summer Wine on two wheels

I know Yorkshire’s ‘Summer Wine’ country very well. My sister lived for several years just round the corner from Sid’s Caf' in the centre of Holmfirth and a friend’s father used to conduct ‘Summer Wine’ tours in his bus until that line of business all but dried up with the end of the TV programme.

Not that visitors have stopped coming to this lovely little village on the edge of the Pennines outside Huddersfield where the series was filmed for 37 years.

People are still attracted to the steps where Compo flirted with Nora Batty, as well as the aforementioned café which saw many a pointless plan hatched by the hapless trio.

But there’s far more to the area than ‘Summer Wine’ memories, as the cyclists of Le Tour's peloton are about to find out.

The road west leads to what will be one of the toughest challenges of their ride round Yorkshire – the ascent of Holme Moss.

Holme Moss is regarded as something of a classic by local cyclists as it is one of the highest roads in the area and at 524 metres is the second highest climb of Le Grand Départ Stage 2.

Buttertubs in the Dales takes that honour by a mere 2 metres! It is not terribly steep, but the snaking road that winds up to the transmitter mast will test even the greatest two-wheeled hill climbers.

However, there are far gentler options if you wish to explore this area by bike.

Yes, it’s hilly but there are interesting villages to visit where you can take time out to stop for refreshments to recharge your pedal power.

Like Hepworth, where you’ll find an excellent restaurant at the Spiced Pear Inn; Delph House Farm at High Flatts near Denby Dale, makers of Yummy Yorkshire ice cream (top); and the small village of Shelley, where Danny Lockwood  (picture on the right) makes his award-winning Barncliffe Brie using milk collected fresh from the farm each morning in traditional milk churns.

When you start to look closely, it's amazing how may small artisan food producers there are out there, quietly working away to ensure that good food made from the best local produce gets to your plate.

Posted: 03/06/2014 13:29:54 by | with 0 comments
Filed under: cycling, gastronomy, UK, Yorkshire


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