When I used to go to Shipley Glen I was always so sad that the tramway was not open. But now that it is, I shall be spending many a summer's afternoon going up and down and up and down and up and down.
Shipley is a small countryside village in Yorkshire, not too far outside of Leeds. The glen area is very hilly and rocky and dramatic and picturesque. All things that make for some great lomography trips.
According to www.glentramway.co.uk –
“The Shipley Glen Cable Tramway is the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain (cliff lifts excepted). Dating from 1895, the line was built to serve the local beauty of Shipley Glen, near Saltaire in West Yorkshire. At nearly a quarter-mile in length, the woodland ride provides a pleasant alternative to the steep path.”
The website also claims that the tramway is still closed but I can confirm that this is not the case as I have been on it this week. The times are a bit dicey however as it is entirely staffed by volunteers.
Aside from the tram, once you get to the top, the views are amazing. There is a lot of greenery and wide open space with views for miles and miles. When it is hot, it is a proper little suntrap up there and I could spend hours listening to the crickets. There are also some pretty dramatic rocks so for the more daring there is the option of climbing, free running and mountain biking. For us less daring folk this is all great fun to watch, although I have to look away at times for fear of a small nervous breakdown.
All in all, this is a great day out for all the family and you could easily spend the whole day there with plenty of film and some £1s for riding the tram up and down. I will be going back lots this season before it closes again in the autumn.