Railway Map of Yorkshire


This is a map of Yorkshire railways was issued by British Rail in 1959. It shows a wonderful network of railways, some of which have sadly been lost. In particular, the Beeching cuts of the 1960s, saw a closure of lines and stations such as Otley, Ripon, Market Weighton.

Railway Map of 1900.

west yorks railway mapclick to enlarge

Interesting to see how many more stations there were. Even on existing lines, many stations have been closed down for example, Manningham – near Bradford, Esholt, Kildwick and Cross Hills. This really was the generation when train travel was the main form of transport.
Source: Lost Railways West Yorks – for more fascinating maps of Yorkshire.

The Keighley & Worth Valley RailwayKeighley and Worth Valley Railway by Belkin 59

Some lines have been maintained by enthusiasts. These include the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Embsay to Bolton Abbey and parts of the North York Moor railways.

See: Scenic Railway journeys of Yorkshire

North York Moors Railway Map


Photo: Mat Overton, 2006 CC  BY 2.5

Modern Railway map of Yorkshire



Yorkie Pie Joke

News Flash!

I have just got round to it (or round tuit)

  • An explosion in pie factory injures 3.1415926…. people
  • Some suffered fractures of the radius…
  • ..but most employees are squared serious injury before going off at a tangent


Vote Yes for an Independent Yorkshire

This coming September, Yorkshire has the unparalleled opportunity to seek its own future – independent of Westminster and those London folk!

Vote Yes, for a free and democratic Greater Republic of an Independent and Proud Yorkshire!

It’s time for the land of Rugby League, coal mines and whippets to stand up for our rights to forge a new independent nation.

‘From God’s own county to God’s own country!

In Yorkshire we trust!

Yorkshire Tea

Five years from now, where could an Independent Yorkshire be?

  • A global leader in Rhubarb exports
  • Greater international prestige for claiming Yorkshire’s long-standing right to host the international World Whippet Racing Championship.
  • Unleash the vast riches hidden in the South Yorkshire coal fields. In an independent Yorkshire, you’ll never have to pay tax again!
  • End the abomination of Humberside!
  • Now’t taken out of Yorkshire dialect.
  • Free Yorkshire puddings for all over 85s provided on NHS.

See: The manifesto of the ‘People’s liberation front for an independent and free Republic of Greater Yorkshire

Danger from Cows in Field

Beware cows are not Tour de Yorkshire friendly as even Limousin cattle in the dales don’t moo in French.


This shot of Yorkshire cows is taken in the Wharfe Valley between Grassington and Burnsall. Generally speaking cows are placid animals who will happily co-exist with humans. However, there are occasions when cows and bulls can present a danger to walkers and ramblers. For anyone who enjoys walking in the countryside it is important to be aware of these potential problems.


When Cows Are Potentially Dangerous to Walkers

Firstly, cows do not look upon humans as a threat. However, they may see dogs as a threat, it harks back to the time when wolfs would attack cows and their calves. Therefore, it is a walker with a dog who is most under threat.
Secondly, the most dangerous time is after new calves are born and the cows feel protective towards their young.

If they see a walker with a dog approaching they may become defensive and attack the person with the dog.

If this was ever to happen, the most important thing is to let go of the dog. Your dog will easily be able to run faster than cows. If the dog runs away from you, the cows will lose interest in you. THe only danger comes when the walker won’t let go of their dogs and so gives the cows a reason to attack. Unfortunately, on very rare occasions tragic incidents of cows trampling over people can occur. However, if you take care to follow basic principles there is no need to fear cows in field

10 Reasons Yorkshire is the Best Place To Live

Yorkshire Tea

National Parks

Yorkshire exclusively has two National Parks – The Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors (we share some of the Peak District with Derbyshire). Both give a range of unspoilt natural beauty. Outside of the National Parks, there are still many aonb’s beautiful areas – Nidderdale, Haworth moors e.t.c. Yorkshire gives an unparalleled display and variety of scenic countryside.


Bradford was the first industrial city and at the forefront of the great industrial revolution in the nineteenth century. Today Bradford has reinvented itself as a city of peace and multiculturalism.

Yorkshire Cricket Club.

Yorkshire have won the county champions a record 30 times – making them by far the most successful cricket county in Britain. Yorkshire has also produced some of England’s greatest cricketers from the fiery fast bowling of Fred Trueman to the imperious batting of Geoff Boycott.

Yorkshire Tea

OK, it might not be grown in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales, but, it is a quintessential Yorkshire brew – strong, dark and invigorating.

We Say it how it is.

Yorkshireman are known for their no nonsense straight talking. A spade’s a spade and we don’t suffer fools gladly. You will always know where you are with a Yorkshireman – no false flattery or lack of gumption for saying it how it is.
We do not say a lot but when we do it is likely to be pithy, blunt and to the point.

Last of the Summer Wine

There’s life even in the oldest of Yorkshireman. As this series set in the picturesque Haworth (near Holmfirth? Yorkshire humour and bad geography O level) shows.

Steel and Coal.

It’s no mistake to say Great Britain was built with Yorkshire steel and Yorkshire coal. Sheffield once provided 50% of the world’s steel and Yorkshire’s coal mines are well known for their prolific output.

A Nice cup of Tea

It’s only in a county like Yorkshire that within a short distance you can go from the grime of Coal mines to the luxury of a Betty’s tea room with stately cups of tea and scones.

Yorkshire Dialect

There is something refreshing about the dialect of Yorkshire. Words like gumption, rapscallion, are all great words which make a fascinating conversation.

  • thers nowt sae kweer as fowk – People can be the strangest of things at times

Yorkshire Humour

A couple are playing ‘I spy’ in the kitchen of their home somewhere in Yorkshire
‘I spy with my little eye something beginning with T’ said the husband.
“Tea pot said the wife.” ‘Nay Lass!’
“Tea towel.” ‘Nay Lass!’
“Toaster.” ‘Nay Lass!’ he said, drumming his fingers on the work top.
“Oh I don’t know” she said at long last “I give in”
‘It’s easy’ he said. ‘It’s t’oven!’

More humourous slogans

Yorkshire Gold

Yorkshire Gold
Yorkshire Gold

Yorkshire gold – it must be something in the water.


Yorkshire Golds so Far

  1. Alistair Brownlee – West Yorks Triathlon –
  2. ANDREW TRIGGS-HODGE  Rowing – coxless four     Hebden
  3. KATHERINE COPELAND   Rowing,   women’s lightweight double sculls     Stokesley
  4. Jessica Ennis – Heptathlon, Sheffield
  5. Ed Clancy – Team Pursuit

more to come.

Yorkshire 7th in Olympic Medal Table

Beating the established sporting powerhouses of countries like Australia, Japan, South Africa, Germany and Cuba, the independent Republic of Yorkshire are currently 7th in the Olympic medal Table! Not even Usain Bolt and the Jamaican track team have been able to overtake the incredible small country of Yorkshire. Disconsolate Australian athletes have apparently been heading up the M1 looking for the recipe for Yorkshire puddings. However, Supreme athletics coach Geoff Boycott claimed 12 hours a day down the mine does great things for your long-term fitness.

Yorkshire medal table Olympics

Yorkshire Gold

  1. Alistair Brownlee – West Yorks Triathlon –
  2. ANDREW TRIGGS-HODGE  Rowing – coxless four     Hebden
  3. KATHERINE COPELAND   Rowing,   women’s lightweight double sculls     Stokesley
  4. Jessica Ennis – Heptathlon, Sheffield
  5. Ed Clancy – Team Pursuit

Yorkshire Silver

  1. NICOLA WILSON    Equestrian Eventing, Northallerton               SILVER
  2. LIZZIE ARMITSTEAD  Road Cycling,   Otley                                        SILVER

Yorkshire Bronze

TOM RANSLEY                  Rowing,             York City Rowing Club    BRONZE
men’s eights

Jonathon Brownlee – Triathlon  –

Yorkshire Gold Medals winners

Jessica Ennis in the Heptathlon 200m, 2012 London Olympcs

Jessica Ennis – Heptathlon



Yorkshire 7th in Olympic medal table Guardian

Join the rapidly growing Yorkshire Independence Movement! – next step a place on the UN Security council with China, Russia and US.


Yorkshire Special Pizza Delivery

Hi, do you deliver Pizza?

Only to Cleckheckmondsedge.


Cleckheckmondsedge is Yorkshire shorthand for an area that comprises of three west riding towns, Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike and Liversedge.
Liversedge was named in the domesday book and now comprises several smaller village areas, Norristhorpe originally called Dog gus, Roberttown, Millbridge at the centre and Flush where the woollen mills stood. Towards Cleckheaton are the settlements of Hightown, Littletown and Popeley Hill. Liversedge spans the sides of the Spen Valley.

Note in 1066 a ‘sedge’ was an allium type vegetable called a ‘nonion’ hence a popular Yorkshire dish Liver………