Okay so run with me on this one. As anybody who’s read any of my ramblings on this blog will know I am more than fond of of coffee, cake and rail travel and few weeks ago I managed to combine all three one Saturday afternoon.
Where I live I’m lucky enough to have access to a selection of travel tickets. One of which, the Wayfarer covers a large area across Manchester and up into Lancashire and over the Pennines almost into Sheffield.
I was using one on this Saturday and I’d travelled out to Ashton under Lyne, a market town to the east of Manchester. I hadn’t been out that way for a while and the town has both an open market and a market hall. Spoiler alert, I’m working on that post at the moment. Anyway after I’d had a good look around the town and had something to eat on the market, I was in the mood for another coffee and I was just heading back towards the market when I remembered a coffee shop place I hadn’t been to for a while, Twig in Glossop.
Glossop is another market town, up in the Pennines in Derbyshire, which for all it’s stunning. wild scenery is only an easy thirty minutes or so train ride from Manchester. So It was a journey back into Manchester and then back out again to Glossop. Oh, the thing I forgot to mention is that Twig is located on the station in what used to be the old booking office.
I decided on one of my usual combinations, toasted teacake and a latte, call me predictable but it’s what I like.
A bit of history, Glossop is in Derbyshire but has connections with the Dukes of Norfolk, the title doing that Kind Hearts & Coronets thing of jumping across branches of the family. In fact the branch line into the town was constructed by one of the Dukes, their emblem of a lion stands proudly on the roof of the railway station to this day.
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