Well, it will be if you have a 4K TV. I don’t but here’s hoping that someone out there benefits. You may remember a couple of months ago ago at the start of the lockdown period, I wrote this post for CyclingEurope.org about my local wanderings up and down the Scammonden Valley where I live here in West Yorkshire and how I had managed to discover some interesting nooks and crannies.
At the time I thought I must make a video. And last weekend, I did just that. Not, alas, on the bike (as there are technical issues on that score necessitating a trip back to CycleSense in Tadcaster in mid-June…) but on foot. Don’t let the first 30 seconds of this short film fool you; it’s not quite as peaceful as it first appears.
This year the Scammonden Valley celebrates not only the 50th anniversary of the opening of the M62 (and next year the official inauguration of Scammonden Water as a reservoir) but the 50th anniversary of the infamous Krumlin Festival. In my non-cycling life, together with a small group of local volunteers, I help make The Halifax Arts Podcast and for our latest ‘lockdown’ special (basically we can’t meet so everything is arranged and recorded remotely), I went to investigate the story of the Krumlin Festival. You can listen to the full podcast here but here is my report about the festival that could have been another Glastonbury but, alas, wasn’t…
Here is what I wrote about my lockdown wanderings back in April: