Postcard from West Yorkshire's Ripponden and Rishworth
PUBLISHED: 15:19 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:07 20 February 2013
Thousands of motorists hurtle past two of Yorkshire's loveliest villages every day - here's a glimpse of what they're missing
Tucked among the hills on Yorkshire's western fringe are two of Yorkshire's most impressive landmarks and two of its loveliest villages. Every day thousands of motorists thunder along the M62 past the immense Booth Wood Reservoir and the graceful Scammonden Bridge.
What they probably don't know is that across the valley two pretty-as-a-picture villages straddle the hillside and although it is possible to see and hear the traffic from Ripponden and Rishworth they are far removed from the motorway's noise and urgency.
The neighbouring villages, with their main street following a contour of the Calderdale hills, are all winding lanes, country pubs and stone cottages with sloping rooflines and steps up to the front door. And the roads which lead off the A672 give even the most experienced driver a severe test of their clutch control.
Rishworth is dominated by the independent school and while both villages have an enviable selection of places to eat, drink and shop, St Bartholemew's Church is a real gem in Ripponden. It is the fourth church to be built on the site, beside the river Ryburn, and features some relics from its predecessors.