Walking and wool in the same day, without Scienceboy complaining… it must be my birthday!
Had a great day up at Sedbergh walking the Howgill Fells in the sunshine and seeing the impressive Cautley Spout waterfall. The path at the side looks steep but is actually easy to walk as it is paved most of the way and not challenging to navigate.
Whilst I love walking, the route we walked was only about 4 miles in order to have time to fit in a visit to Fairfield Mill whilst we were in the area. A friend had recommended a trip to Fairfield Mill as they occasionally run craft courses, but I would recommend a trip at any time.
The Mill has exhibits on the history of the woollen industry in the area and the ‘terrible knitters’, terrible being that they were terribly good. There weren’t any demonstrations of the machinery but I think they did still run them.
I was impressed to see these Dobcross power looms, made in Diggle, as they had originated from near where I was brought up. Its a shame the woollen industry in Saddleworth hasn’t survived (though my home town of Huddersfield still goes strong) but its great to see that these looms are still being used.
Fairfield Mill though is great for being able to view textile artists, potters and painters at work. They all have their own individual units and a communal space in which to sell their finished work.
And then of course we were in Yorkshire so had to stop to let the sheep walk up the road!