Collingham and Linton – Is this the loveliest corner of Yorkshire? Tell us what you think
08:33 20 July 2010
Yorkshire has no shortage of glorious views from the Pennine slopes, to the dramatic coast and from the rolling dales to the stone built towns but few parts of this vast county can match the neighbouring villages of Collingham and Linton for sheer unadulterated loveliness.
These West Yorkshire villages, which are divided by the twisting River Wharfe, are the epitome of picture postcard scenes.
And while this is a truly green and pleasant land, Collingham also has all the essential ingredients for village life churches, pubs and a newsagent to buy your copy of Yorkshire Life from. There are also some lovely homes, a dash of intriguing history and plenty of the strong bonds which bind rural communities together.
Oliver Cromwell is said to have spent a night at the Half Moon Inn after the Battle of Marston Moor, no doubt a raucous affair as he celebrated an absolute victory over the Royalist forces.
Much of the surrounding splendour has changed little since Cromwell checked out but the centre of Collingham has been transformed in the last 50 years. Old shops and cottages were swept away to make way for a shopping precinct, Elizabeth Court, which is home to most of the village shops and amenities.
And just up the road stands Linton which more than makes up for its own lack of amenities with an overload of charming beauty.
There is no shop, no church and no school but there is a pub, The Windmill, and there are plenty of historic stone-built homes.
The village is also home to the luxurious Wood Hall hotel and Spa and Wetherby Golf Club, which has fairways running down to the riverside, making it surely one of the nations most picturesque courses.
Just another reason why Collingham and Linton are right up there with Yorkshires most beautiful.
Collingham and Linton Cricket Club which plays in the Airedale-Wharfedale Senior Cricket League is based at the Sports Association which has three indoor squash courts, a football pitch and a cricket pitch.
Collingham once had a railway station named Collingham Bridge to avoid confusion with Collingham railway station in Nottinghamshire. The railway bridge over the Wharfe was demolished in 1965 when the railway was dismantled.
The Rev William Mompesson was born in Collingham in 1639. As the clergyman in Eyam, Derbyshire, he took the decision to isolate the village to prevent the spread of the plague.
Collingham and Linton lie two miles south west of Wetherby. Type LS22 5BL to find the centre of Collingham, Linton is a mile or so north on Linton Road. For more information contact Wetherbys Tourist Information Centre on 0113 247 7251.