Every two months a group of us meet up for our Yorkshire Blogger’s “lunch meet ups”. It’s an open invitation and arranged via Twitter a few weeks prior.
March’s lunch meet up was in the quirky market town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
Sheltered within the Calder valley, Todmorden feels like a million miles from Leeds, where I live. We arrived after an hour long drive, (largely down to a wrong turn on my part) greeted by green hills and woodland, offset by rows of cosy, stone cottages, steeped in history.
But Emmerdale farm this is not. Todmorden, like many rural towns is attracting a younger breed of house hunters looking for alternative living, and it’s easy to see why. It’s brimming with vintage charm, Cafes, bars, gift shops. Galleries sit next to delis that serve locally sourced delights, whilst antique centres house everything from the unusual to the truly bizarre. Its a haven for those of us who love a good old rummage or just want to escape the hustle and bustle.
A hotbed of creativity?
Todmorden sits near to the increasingly trendy Hebden bridge, a funky former mill town in the Pennines. Now it’s not just those who want a quiet life who reside there. Both towns are a hotbed for cultivating creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. In the past creativity of all kinds has thrived in cities, London in particular. But after chatting to blogger Adelle, from our group, who owns H is for Home, it seems attitudes to country living are changing. Now these two towns are attracting the cool kids, artists, musicians and small business owners looking to explore opportunities, such places offer, after being priced out of the city.
We ate at Site Pizzaria, a charming new pizzeria in Todmorden, explored the antiques centre, and took pictures of the quirky corners of the town that caught our eye.
We are an intrepid bunch of bloggers and are constantly looking for new things and new people, so following our lunch we went on to visit a team who run Fundevogel, a new “fairy tale art cafe” who had asked us to visit.
After hiring a simple lock up the twosome plan to turn their canalside space a vibrant hub for emerging artists and bands.
On returning home, I was curious.. I love living in the city but is city life still where it’s at or should we be looking to rural retreats to let our creativity run free?
What do you think?
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