After a family friend’s 60th last Saturday Clare & I decided to act particularly middle-aged and use the ‘50 Walks in West Yorkshire‘ book my mum got us for Xmas.  We decided it doesn’t take much to get out & enjoy the lovely Yorkshire countryside (excluding serveral snooze presses and LOTS of caffeine), so we consulted mum for a walk that ended at a tasty gastro-pub (of which she’s a walking encyclopedia), and drove out to the village of Farnely Tyas.

We’d detoured via an miss-tapped SatNav postcode into an impressivly rough Huddersfield council estate (my bad) that clearly wasn’t an idyllic West Yorkshire village.  But at 11am we passed the closed pub and hit the trails…

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby AldrickI’ve decided again to play faded 70’s photo processing on the pix.  No doubt it’ll be a fad, but I rather like how they feel.

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby AldrickClare in her hot pink £6 Primark walking coat.

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby AldrickI do believe we climbed 84 styles.

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby Aldrick Castle Hill, with the Victoria Tower atop. There was a detour on the walk to climb that, but we were starting to think the words ‘gastro’ & ‘pub’ by then.

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby AldrickA cheeky beck.

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby AldrickStyle over content?

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby AldrickShot from the hip 1

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby AldrickShot from the hip 2.  Not all turn out to be much cop.

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby AldrickOne of two friends we made on the trip.

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby AldrickThe other, an excitably bouncy little fellow who we couldn’t decide if he suited Colin or Gordon.

Either way he walked with us for about 10 minutes, much to the bemusement of his farmer owner, who had to treck up and collect him.

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby AldrickWest Yorkshire and excellent skies

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby AldrickAhhhh, FOOD! Now we’re talking. 2hrs walking and we’re ready for…

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby AldrickWHAT!?  You sure??

Denied.

What a start to the ‘Walks that end at a good pub’ series.

So I rang me mam.  “Are you near your AA good pub guide?…”

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby AldrickAnd across the way we drove to Hepton to the Butcher’s Arms.  A pub cheffed by Raymond Blanc protege Timothy Bilton…

Tim Bilton head chef at The Butchers Arms by Barnaby Aldrick…a chef it turns out I was once commissioned to photograph out at Skyes Farm. He’s a cool guy and represented the North East region in The Great British Menu 2010.  It was kinda bizarre seeing one of my portraits in their promotional literature!

But his grub certainly was up to scratch.

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire -  photography by Barnaby Aldrick

Just what the doctor ordered, a rare doorstop of local rib-of-beef.

Walk around the Golden Cock at Farnely Tyas, Yorkshire - photography by Barnaby AldrickWashed down with a Sam Taylors Golden Best.

When we got home, the last thing I felt like was setting up the Sunday Service gig, so took a quick powernap to recharge the cells before heading out.

I’m not sure this’ll be the last of the good pub visits.  Might skip the walk next time though…

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