Help me decide where to live (in Yorkshire)
Don’t know about rental prices, but Ilkley is a pretty good bet for a couple in terms of bars and whatnot. Not sure it quite matches the cultural life of London town, and there are a lot of older denizens hanging about.
I live up the road in Skipton. Bit more rural, very good town centre with some decent pubs and restaurants, 40 mins approx to Leeds on the train. No culture to speak of, but you could always go into Leeds! There should be plenty of decent flats to rent, possibly quite a bit cheaper.
Riding from both is excellent.
Don’t like Otley much, but that’s personal prejudice rather than based on anything factual.Posted 3 years agojaymoidMember
(presume the length of the commute is what would do your head in?)
Yeah, the train would be about 30 mins to Leeds, then factor in the walk either side (I work 15 mins walk from the station), and the shitty overcrowded/cancelled/late trains and train prices. You’d be lucky to get to Leeds in 40 mins no traffic and double it for commuting times. Doesn’t sound like an issue for you working from home though.
Saltaire’s on the long list. Seems a bit small though – potential cabin fever. Is there much going on other than the pub?
Hmm I think it ticks most of your boxes, just with less options than bigger towns. I like that it’s on the canal path too, which opens up more riding options from the door. Pretty parks too.Posted 3 years ago
Holmfirth is a lovely place to live with easy access to Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and so on (Huddersfield’s big supermarkets and cinemas are within 25 minutes), trails on the doorstep with the added benefit of the Dark Peak trails which are excellent within a 30-40 minute drive.
It is indeed stunning, and has good night life in terms of bars and pubs (to the point where people are coming from Huddersfield for a night there), and an impressive music scene (google the Picturedrome for an idea of what bands play there).Posted 3 years ago
My girlfriend and I are leaving that London for a year to move back to Yorkshire, where we both come from. Its only for a year (initially) so we’re going to rent. Current thinking is Ilkley/Otley but open to suggestions within 45 mins of Leeds.
Our criteria/wishlist: ~750 pcm for 2/3 bedrooms; somewhere beautiful; decent public transport links; at least 1 very good pub; swimming pool within reach; good riding and walking nearby/from the front door; decent restaurants nearby; live within walking distance of town/shops etc
In summary, we’d like the cultural life of London, convenience of a small city and the beauty of the Yorkshire countryside. Easy, right?
Any help gratefully received and insiders take on life in Otley/Ilkey also welcome!Posted 3 years agojohn_drummerMember
while Saltaire may be small, it blends into Shipley if you’re desperately in need of a swimming pool or supermarket, while Bingley also has (had?) a pool and is one stop further up the train line. Baildon is nice & just over the moor from Saltaire; some great trails right on your doorstep.
Shipley itself is a bit grim and kind of blends into Bradford, which is the nearest big city but again, a bit grim in places, although it does have a few plus points (Alhambra theatre, National Media Museum, more curry restaurants than you can shake a stick at, cheaper housing than Leeds, big swimming pool at Richard Dunne Sports Centre; university & college; Bradford Bulls rugby League & Bradford City FC if you’re into your spectator sports).Posted 3 years ago
But if you want proper big city, Leeds is it and on the direct rail line from Skipton via Keighley, Bingley, Saltaire and also on two direct train lines from Bradford).
It’s not bad, I have done it when I worked in Leeds. Currently doing Holmfirth to Nottingham (short term, fortunately) before moving south (bleurgh) to Matlock and even that’s 1hr 15 minutes. It is closer to Manchester, though, which offers a great deal more than Leeds.Posted 3 years agojohn_drummerMember
Is it an easy drive from Holmfirth to Leeds MB?
not really, you’ve got to get through/round Huddersfield, then negotiate the car park that is the M62, and then get off the M62 which is arguably even harder than making progress on it between J23 & J27. Then there’s the Beeston/Holbeck area to negotiate…
I do like the Picturedrome for live music, but it’s a PITA getting there from BaildonPosted 3 years agoCloverSubscriber
I prefer Todmorden to Hebden but it’s nearly a full hour on the train to Leeds.
Sowerby Bridge has the edge for time-to-Leeds and loads more eateries, big supermarkets (and I think still a pool). Plus close enough to Hebden for an afternoon’s mooching around if that takes your fancy.
And the riding is good and extensive (i.e. right the way from Norland moor to Blackstone Edge above Littleborough including the Hebden / Tod trails… and over towards Oxenhope and right the way to Trawden north west – just a massive area to explore).Posted 3 years ago
Sowerby Bridge actually has a lot going for it.
– Good transport links (40 mins to Leeds on train and 10 min drive to the M62 either at Saddleworth or Ainley Top.
– very reasonable house prices
– excellent new (ish – 3 years old I think) pool
– more and more nice places to eat and drink opening all the time plus Gimbals, the best restaurant in the world
– cracking riding, if anything, better than Hebden IMHO partly because its a bit unknown and off the radar of those who charge past on the way to the well publicised stuff around Hebden
Another option could be the Savile Park/Skircoat Green area of South Halifax. £5 trip in a taxi to Sowerby Bridge for a night out, 20 minute walk to Halifax station, 5 mins to M62, lovely houses and a little villagey feel in Skircoat Green with the shops and pubs. Riding is if anything, better than Sowerby Bridge….Posted 3 years ago
BTW, we’re from York and moved to the aforementioned area of Halifax temporarily for a job with the aim of moving back to York. That was 12 years ago.
Put this on facebook the other night during a late evening ride from the doorstep… Literally cannot think of anywhere else around here I’d want to live:Posted 3 years ago
Now now, that’s naughty and you know it!
If you live 5 mins from the M62 in an HX postocde then that’s super, but anything other than that, which the majority of options will be, the A629 is a **** to get onto motorway, at anything other than before 6:15am.
Worse still if you’re relying on the A58 to get to Leeds.Posted 3 years agoB.A.NanaMember
Think if I was you, my first choice would be Harrogate. Then Skipton or ilkley. Then Otley or bingley. I think skip is 40 min to leeds on the train. Harrogate is a proper big town and has some culture, with plenty to do and going on, loads of restaurants theatre cinema good town centre etcetc. Skipton and Otley town councils seem to be very proactive with plenty of events. Bingley a touch down market to the others but has the best doorstep MTB IMO. you won’t go wrong with Ilkley.Posted 3 years ago
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