The start of September has been beautiful and the forecast for last weekend was hotter in London than Malta. So I got in a car headed for the North and the only part of England where its temperate climate borders on subarctic – the Pennines. A couple of hours later along the M1 we passed a sign for ‘the North, Nottingham’ and then ‘Nottingham, Robin Hood Country’. I reflected that I had never been this far north before – born-and-bred Londoners don’t usually stray far off the M4 corridor – as we suddenly drove through a patch of thick fog. The fog cleared as quickly as it had settled, revealing what can only be described as the real England: never-ending, undulating green hills densely populated with forests and moorlands. I felt like it was London that was all smoke and mirrors.
Our first stop was Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, to join a convoy of FTO cars driving to Connor’s Day. This was the reason for our visit to the North. The charity event was held for a very ill 11-year-old boy, Connor, who loves cars and dreamed of going to a car show. Car clubs and car enthusiasts from around the world turned up to make his wish come true. It was truly heartwarming that so many people gave their time and support to Connor and his family at such short notice. You can read more about it here.
The sun shone its best all day and continued to shine as we left Huddersfield to take the Snake Pass to the Pennines, officially designated by the National Trust as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
We stayed overnight at the Yorkshire Bridge Inn and enjoyed a local dish of venison in red wine and redcurrent sauce. ‘It is just coming into redcurrent season,’ the landlord told us. The next morning we fuelled-up on a full English breakfast – fried bread, sausages, bacon, black pudding, mushrooms, tomato and beans – for our hike across the Pennine Mountains of Northern England. The views were breathtaking.
Here are my favourite pictures of the day…
Yorkshire Bridge Inn had warned that the national park area would be busy due to sheep dog trials. We maybe saw about 30 people the entire day! Returning home safe and sound, this London girl would swop Oxford Circus for the Peak District any time. I hope you enjoyed the picture show and are inspired to go up North too!
Connor’s Day: Car Show For Terminally Ill 11-Year-Old British Boy Goes Viral (Huffington Post)
Connor’s Day 2012 at JustGiving
You can view my Facebook album of Connor’s Day without log in here.
The Yorkshire Bridge Inn (highly recommended)
The Peak District National Park Authority