A Short Wintry Walk

There was a lot of snow and ice about from yesterday but the sun was shining and there wasn't much wind so the conditions were actually very pleasant. I decided to go for a stroll with my pal Lisa to take advantage of the sunshine.

We didn't want to do anything too strenuous today so we just walked to Mytholmroyd along the Calder Valley Cycleway. When we passed the Rochdale canal, we saw that it was was frozen in places. Everybody is saying that this is the coldest winter for 18 years, but to be honest it still isn't as bad as the winters I remember in the past. We haven't got icicles hanging down everywhere, huge snow drifts and frozen pipes, at least not here in the Calder Valley anyway. The canal wasn't frozen solid. When I was a teenager, the boating lake in the park behind my school froze and it took the weight of hundreds of schoolkids skating about on it. The ice on the canal only looked about an inch or so thick and I wouldn't have wanted to risk walking on it.

Narrow boats on frozen Rochdale canal

Lisa thought that we were going to come back the way we'd gone, but I thought that it would be nice to gain some altitude and take a few scenic photos so we headed up the road at the top of Nest Estate…

Thar's cold in them thar hills!

… and down through the woods to Hebden Bridge railway station. I very nearly came a cropper on the little road which was covered in great swathes of ice. I ended up walking in the snow at the side of the road.

A slippery slope

We walked through Calder Holmes Park and round to the Co-op supermarket.

Snowy Calder Holmes Park

I managed to pick up a packet of organic ground flax seeds to supplement my diet. I've been reading very good things about flax oil and flax seeds and have been wanting to buy some. It will cost me about £5 a month but that's a small price to pay for the health benefits that flax is supposed to bring.

As we came back from the Co-op we heard a commotion in the river by the old packhorse bridge – there was a bit of a scuffle going on in the local duck community!

Ducks by the old packhorse bridge

We often finish our walks at Innovation (one of our local cafes) and today was no different. We had the usual coffee and shared a buttered toasted currant teacake. There is always a selection of quality newspapers to read at Innovation and if you knock the price of a paper each off the cost of two coffees and a teacake, it means that we effectively only pay £2.30 between us, which is pretty good value!

So, that was another uplifting little walk in the sunshine. It definitely helps me keep the S.A.D. at bay to get out on days like this when I can.

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