Driving home for Christmas, a holiday in Todmorden

It had been four years since we had been back to Todmorden. The town we lived once we became a couple, the town to which we brought our children home.

Wanting to wave farewell to 2015, we decided the best place we could do this was in Todmorden. Some internet searches to find a perfect place for our family of 5 and Miller, our Cocker Spaniel, resulted in us stumbling upon a Sykes Holiday Cottage on the tops of Todmorden.

Whilst it wasn’t a drive I was happy to take, Mr J is a pro where Todmorden roads are concerned, and the cottage made for a perfect location for our break. A wonderful host was patient with our late arrival time, and the cottage had more than everything we needed to make a perfect ‘home from home’. And we were fortunate, Todmorden was hit by the flash floods on Boxing Day- the day before our arrival- and as always, hit badly, our home on the tops was unscathed- for which we were grateful.
It meant we had a week rediscovering Todmorden and spending time with friends, the perfect therapy.A view from our Sykes Cottage Sykes Cottages in TodmordenFortunately, Father Christmas had seen fit to send me Dr Martens rather than heels, and I managed to cobble together the perfect footwear for our week away.Essential Yorkshire bootsAnd the great thing about being back was not only the chance to catch up and spend time with some of our favourite people:Centre Vale Park, TodmordenBut also getting some much-needed fresh air, blowing away 2015 and welcoming 2016 with some of Todmorden’s best views.

Because I guess that’s always been the dilemma, we traded one view for another. The difference is our new view of the coast is sort of flat- completely spectacular but looking out rather than being in.

Todmorden, offers the Pennines.The PenninesAnd at 6 and 4 years, the children were ready to face the challenge, to see the places we had taken them as babes, of Gaddings Dam:Twin boys at 5 Gaddings DamOf Stoodley Pike:Walking up to Stoodley PikeView from Stoodley PikeThe best place to welcome in 2016.Conquering Stoodley Pike

We’ve promised ourselves we’ll get to Todmorden a lot more now, and hopefully reap the benefit of all seasons.

But for now, we have the memories.

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