Misty Mornings & Serene Sunsets

Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

 

 

The many moods of Autumn at Elmet Farmhouse, perched on the hilltop at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge. Misty mornings and serene sunsets during November 2016, with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon.

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Autumn Glory

 

Autumn Glory

Wow! Just look at these astonishing colours in Hardcastle Crags and Crimsworth Dean. Autumn came late to the Upper Calder Valley this year. It wasn’t until mid to late October that the trees really began to turn because of the unseasonably warm weather. But when Autumn finally arrived, it was worth waiting for. Truly glorious! An explosion of russet, auburn and gold.

The woods in the deep, plunging steep-sided valleys around Hebden Bridge are amongst the best in Yorkshire. On a sunny October afternoon or a misty early November morning, there’s no greater pleasure than wandering along the riverside paths by Hebden Water and Crimsworth Dean Beck, drinking in the intoxicating colours.

Even now, in mid November, there are still leaves on the trees. Enjoy them while you can! All just a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well, which has a bird’s eye view of this breathtaking panorama…

 

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© Text and photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Photo Journal – November 2016

Have you had your Five a Day?

Five photos taken on walks in the countryside around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley, interspersed with views from Elmet Farmhouse in the village of Pecket Well. Yorkshire at its finest. Enjoy!

 

30 November 2016

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View from Crimsworth Dean at 8.30 am 

 

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Stoodley Pike in the distance, sunrise on the frosty hills 

 

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Sheep with their winter woollies in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Early morning sunshine on the frosty slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Sun rising over Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 November 2016

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Crimsworth Dean clad in its winter attire at 8.20 am

 

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Now that’s what I call a hard frost!

 

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Iced bracken in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Ice-coated catoneaster at Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Even the Crimsworth cows have turned to ice!

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 November 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 5.10pm

 

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Another spectacular pinky-orange sunset

 

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Heptonstall Church on the hilltop opposite Pecket Well

 

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Perfect end to a beautiful day

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

27 November 2016

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More highlights from yesterday morning’s River of Mist…

 

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These photos were taken about an hour and a half after those illustrated yesterday’s entry

 

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The mist is gradually thinning and dispersing…

 

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Same view of Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well – but changing minute by minute as the River of Mist flows through the valleys

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

26 November 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 8.50 am… 

 

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A heavy frost and a sea of mist…

 

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Heptonstall floating in mid air…

 

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And Stoodley Pike hovering in the heavens

 

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An astonishing sight to wake up to

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 November 2016

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Another serene sunset at Elmet Farmhouse…

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Heptonstall, Hardcastle Crags and Stoodley Pike at 2.50 pm…

 

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…suffused by a pinky-orange radiance

 

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Late afternoon sunshine casting long shadows…

 

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… and bathing the hills

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 November 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well…

 

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…on a serene November afternoon

 

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Stoodley Pike perched on the rolling Pennine hills

 

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Heptonstall church silhouetted on the horizon

 

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Not a bad panorama for a winter’s day

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 November 2016

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Kitling Bridge at the top of Kitling Clough below Pecket Well

 

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The last glorious days of autumn in Kitling Clough, also known as Pecket Well Clough

 

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Looking down the steep stone paved packhorse track to Kitling Bridge

 

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Streams merging in Pecket Well Clough, running down to Hardcastle Crags, where they merge with Crimsworth Dean Beck

 

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A carpet of newly fallen beech leaves beneath the vibrant autumn canopy in Pecket Well Clough

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 November 2016

 

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The last leaves on the trees and the last snow on the ground in Crimsworth Dean

 

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A rather amazing contrast of colours…

 

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… as winter overtakes autumn

 

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Shimmering pinky gold beech leaves in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Hardcastle Crags and Shackleton Hill from Pecket Well War Memorial with snow and mist

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 November 2016

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Highland cattle in Pecket Well

 

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On the hunt for tussocks of grass sticking out of the snow

 

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Pecket Well in the snow….

 

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Looking towards Oxenhope Moor from Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well

 

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Sunset at Stoodley Pike

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 November 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 4pm

 

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Elmet Farmhouse bathed in pink late afternoon sunshine

 

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A still afternoon and a beautiful sunset

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Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall church silhouetted against the pink sky

 

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Sun setting in the west across the snowy fields from Elmet Farmhouse

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 November 2016

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Wintry view from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well

 

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The black obelisk of Stoodley Pike towering over the snowy landscape

 

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The tower of Heptonstall Church also standing out against the snow 

 

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A cold day with alternating snow and rain…

 

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… mist rising up from the wooded valleys of Hardcastle Crags and Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 November 2016

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View of Heptonstall from Elmet Farmhouse – snow on the tops and a swathe of mist in the valley

 

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Overnight snow, followed by another deluge in the morning 

 

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These photos were taken at around 3.40pm during a blizzard, hence the dark sky

 

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Elmet Farmhouse looking pretty as a picture in the snow

 

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Snow-capped walls and snow-laden plants in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 November 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 9 am in the morning

 

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Compare and contrast with the photos from late yesterday afternoon

 

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Because the sun is shining from the opposite direction…

 

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It illuminates the landscape in a completely different way

 

 

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Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike in a soft pinky-orange glow

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

16 November 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 15.50 pm

 

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Heptonstall illuminated by shafts of late afternoon sunshine

 

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The light changes every minute…

 

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Shafts of sun radiating through the clouds on Heptonstall

 

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You need to have your camera at the ready when you come to stay at Elmet Farmhouse to catch these spectacular effects

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 November 2016

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Heron in Hardcastle Crags…

 

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… doing a spot of breakfast fishing

 

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This weir is one of  the herons’ favourite spots in Hardcastle Crags

 

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I see herons here regularly on my early morning walks

 

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Dippers are also resident by Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags – like a robin but with a white breast

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 November 2016

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Crimsworth Dean

 

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Picturesque railings near the main dam in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Dam through beech leaves

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck from hillside above

 

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Traffic light colours – red, yellow and green – in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 November 2016

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Mill dam in Crimsworth Dean…

 

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… with dazzling autumn foliage

 

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Even the beech leaves on the surface of the dam retain their vibrant colours

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck running through the woods near Midgehole

 

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Weir on Crimsworth Dean Beck with full load following the melting of the recent snow

 

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

12 November 2016

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A few spots of rain won’t dampen our spirits

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The woods in Crimsworth…

 

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…are still alive with colour

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And Crimsworth Dean Beck has lost none of its vivacity

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

11 November 2016

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The next day we step back from winter to autumn again

 

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Even after the ice and snow, many of the leaves are still on the trees 

 

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And the autumnal hues in Crimsworth Dean are undiminished

 

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Mill dam strewn with beech leaves in Crimsworth Dean

 

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A carpet of beech leaves underfoot but plenty still on the branches above

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

 

10 November 2016

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Suddenly, out of the blue, the first snow of the winter arrives…

 

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… powdering the slopes of Stoodley Pike…

 

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…and dusting the hills near Pecket Well

 

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Here today, gone tomorrow

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But we were all caught somewhat unawares

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 November 2016

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Merger of Graining Water and Alcomden Water to form Hebden Water at Blake Dean

 

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A picturesque spot in a rugged landscape

 

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Part of the National Trust estate of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Bracken at Blake Dean

 

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Where the bracken meets the woods near Blake Dean

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 November 2016

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Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags

 

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Gibson Mill…

 

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… from across the dam and the river

 

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Footpath at Hardcastle Crags covered with beech leaves

 

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Hebden Water near Gibson Mill at Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 November 2016

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Rowan berries…

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…near Blake Dean

 

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… at Hardcastle Crags

 

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Hebden Water, just below the confluence of Graining Water and Alcomden Water at Blake Dean

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 November 2016

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Bracken ablaze at Blake Dean in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Autumn glory at Blake Dean

 

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Graining Water at Blake Dean

 

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Beech tree at Hardcastle Crags

 

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 November 2016

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Fabulous fungal flowers on a fallen tree trunk on Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Bonfire night in Hardcastle Crags…

 

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Who needs fireworks with a display like this?

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 November 2016

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Hardcastle Crags ablaze!

 

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The woods at Hardcastle Crags are beautiful all year round but particularly exciting in the autumn

 

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Oak leaves on the turn

 

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Beech trees spilling over Hebden Water

 

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Fern-decked cliffs by the river in Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 November 2016

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Autumn glory in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Hold on to these vibrant colours…

 

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…They’ll keep you warm during the winter months

 

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Hebden Water upstream of Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 November 2016

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Hebden Water in the National Trust estate of Hardcastle Crags

 

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The autumn colours in Hardcastle Crags have been intoxicating this year

 

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I just can’t get enough!

 

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A small weir on Hebden Water upstream from Gibson Mill

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 November 2016

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It’s fungi season down in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Mycologists of the world unite!

 

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Is it a space age dwelling? Not it’s just fungi sprouting mulitple canopies on a tree in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Ascent to Clough Hole from Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags

 

 

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Last gasp of the bracken on the oopen slopes near Gibson Mill

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Photo Journal – October 2016

Have you had your Five a Day?

Five photos taken on walks in the countryside around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley, interspersed with views from Elmet Farmhouse and a foray into Wharfedale. Yorkshire at its finest. Enjoy!

 

31 October 2016

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Larch tree overhanging Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags

 

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The needles on this deciduous conifer turn pinky orange before they fall

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Beech leaves – green, gold and russet, all at the same time

 

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The trees in Hardcastle Crags show no sign of wanting to drop their leaves, even though it’s the end of October

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

30 October 2016

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Hardcastle Crags resplendent in its autumn attire

 

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The colours are intoxicating

 

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The camera doesn’t really do them justice

 

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Hebden Water running through Hardcastle Crags

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Dazzling late October spectacle down in Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 October 2016

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Autumn kaleidoscope in Pecket Well Clough

 

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Just a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse in Pecket Well

 

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A stone-paved packhorse track provides a direct route down to Crimsworth Dean and Hardcastle Crags

 

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Beech trees in Pecket Well Clough

 

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The fallen beech leaves create a vibrant carpet 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 October 2016

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View from Pecket Well War Memorial across Shackleton Hill and Hardcastle Crags

 

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Bench at Pecket Well War Memorial overlooking the spectacular wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Heptonstall from Pecket Well

 

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A river of trees at Midegehole…

 

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…the confluence of Crimsworth Dean and Hebden Dale (aka Hardcastle Crags)

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 October 2016

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Cracking colours in Crimsworth

 

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Bucolic bliss in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Lunchtime at the Crimsworth milk bar 

 

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Packhorse track up through Pecket Well Clough…

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… a lesser known National Trust woodland adjoining Crimsworth Dean and Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 October 2016

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Old Town Mill chimney poking out over trees above Hardcastle Crags

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Light catching the trees at Spring Wood, Hardcastle Crags

 

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Autumn palette in Crimsworth Dean

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 October 2016

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View from Pecket Well towards Shackleton Hill, Crimsworth Dean and Hardcastle Crags

 

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The colours of landscape shift as the clouds scud across the sky

 

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Heptonstall church tower peeping up over the hill at the end of Crimsworth Dean

 

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A melange of russet and green in Crimsworth Dean

 

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View along Crimsworth Dean towards Heptonstall

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 October 2016

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Autumn glory in Crimsworth Dean

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Crimsworth Dean woods captured at the peak of perfection

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A particularly beautiful oak tree in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Climbing up Kitling Clough to Pecket Well

 

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Looking back from Pecket Well Clough into the woods at Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 October 2016

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A familiar view but subtly different with every passing cloud

 

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Here it comes again, with Slack Top teetering on the ridge above the precipitous wooded slopes of Hardcastle Crags

 

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View across Hardcastle Crags from Shackleton Hill

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Looking across Crimsworth Dean towards the village of Pecket Well from Shackleton Hill

 

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The burnished woods of Crimsworth Dean with the pale pink moors beyond

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 October 2016

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Sheep on the hills at Walshaw

 

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Blake Dean looking pretty as a picture

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Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw

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Graveyard at Slack Top with Stoodley Pike on the far horizon

 

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Sun ricocheting off the hilltop meadows at Walshaw, with the dark green woods of Hardcastle Crags nestling in the valley below

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 October 2016

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Dazzling autumn colours closer to home in Crimsworth Dean…

 

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… our very own unofficial ‘National Park’

 

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Autumn has come late but it was worth waiting for 

 

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There’s still a tinge of purple from the heather on the moors

 

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Light catching the meadows near Heptonstall and on the far side of the Calder Valley

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 October 2016

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Bolton Abbey in the gloaming

 

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The ruins of the Priory Church seen in a new light …

 

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…at the end of an afternoon meander along the river Wharfe

 

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Autumn colours on the Wharfe

 

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Last glimpse of Bolton Abbey

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 October 2016

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Never underestimate the power of water

 

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The Strid looking decidedly malevolent

 

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Here it is again being forced into the invisible 

 

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And here is the river emerging from the Strid and widening out again

 

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River Wharfe running through Strid Wood

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 October 2016

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More dramatic scenes from The Strid on the River Wharfe – this is where the river suddenly narrows

 

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The water surges through a narrow channel in the rocks…

 

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The pressure of the water is so strong at this point that it has cut a deep gorge in the rocks

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Apparently the depth of the water here is equal to the height of two double-decker buses

 

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Although the surface of the water is churned up, there’s no indication of the depth of the river or the force of the current, which is why the Strid is so dangerous

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 October 2016

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River Wharfe upstream of Bolton Abbey

 

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What could be more pleasant on an October afternoon…

 

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… than wandering along the banks of the beautiful River Wharfe?

 

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The river itself is a sight to behold…

 

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… and the surrounding woods are spectacular at this time of year

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 October 2016

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Dead tree with bleached bark on the hillside above the River Wharfe

 

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Strolling by the River Wharfe on a tranquil autumn afternoon

 

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Barden Bridge on the River Wharfe, upstream of Bolton Abbey and the Strid

 

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On top of the castellated Barden Bridge

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Barden Tower on the hillside above the River Wharfe near Barden Bridge

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 October 2016

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The Strid, a dramatic spot on the River Wharfe near Bolton Abbey

 

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…A bottle neck, where the river is squeezed through a tight deep gulley, notorious for its dangerous currents

 

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Moss-covered rocks on the banks of the Strid

 

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River Wharfe just downstream of the Strid, where the river opens out again

 

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River Wharfe in a more tranquil state further downstream

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 October 2016

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Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale – a famous beauty spot

 

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The romantic roofless ruin epitomises the picturesque

 

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Gothic arched windows and remnants of tracery

 

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A pleasing picture from every angle, hence its appeal to artists

 

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Autumn trees in Wharfedale

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 October 2016

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The steep wooded valleys of Calderdale, such as Luddenden Dean, provide the ideal habitat for fungi

 

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A sombre but soft-edged morning in Luddenden Dean

 

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Cool mist hanging like a heat haze

 

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Footpaths created by Luddenden sheep

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

 

12 October 2016

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A statuesque cow in Crimsworth Dean

 

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The beech trees morphing from green to gold to russet

 

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

 

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Keats was spot on

 

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Decidous oak, beech and sycamore mixed with evergreen Scots pine

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 October 2016

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Crimsworth Dean burnished with gold

 

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The colours are intensifying every day

 

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The overgrown mill dams in Crimsworth Dean are one of the hidden gems of the Upper Calder Valley

 

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who needs fireworks with a spectacular display like this?

 

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View from Pecket Well  across Crimsworth Dean and Hardcastle Crags towards Heptonstall

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 October 2016

 

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You never know who (or what) you’ll meet up on ‘the tops’!

 

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Is it a long-necked labradoodle or a llama?

 

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No, it’s an alpaca of course! And not just one but a whole herd

 

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Sir Titus Salt had a soft spot for alpacas, so maybe they’ve wandered over from Saltaire?

 

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Actually they live at Apple Tree Farm at Blackshawhead, near Heptonstall, and you can go trekking with them if you want

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

9 October 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse near Hebden Bridge at 10.10 am

 

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Every day brings subtle changes to the palette of the landscape

 

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The woods have taken on browner hues

 

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Crimsworth Dean War Memorial across the fields from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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It’s still unseasonably mild and the grass is still growing apace

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

8 October 2016

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View from Blackshaw Head… 

 

 

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…across Jumble Hole Clough

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There’s no escape from Stoodley Pike!

 

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The natives are friendly…

 

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… and the views aren’t to be sniffed at!

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

7 October 2016

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Dam in Crimsworth Dean looking decidedly end of season

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck half way up the valley

 

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All the plants are on the turn…

 

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… in a good way

 

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And the trees in Crimsworth Dean are becoming more and more fiery every day

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 October 2016

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Threatening sky in Crimsworth Dean

 

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View along Crimsworth Dean from Grain Farm with Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

 

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The short-lived bracken is giving up the ghost

 

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And the leaves on the trees are finally turning golden

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 October 2016

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Fearless souls go wild swimming here – rather them than me!

 

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View along Crimsworth Dean Beck from Lumb Falls…

 

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… I’m happy just to look!

 

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Bridge above Lumb Falls – once a major highway for convoys of packhorses laden with cloth

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 October 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well…

 

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They say ‘familiarity breeds contempt’, but we say ‘familiarity breeds respect’

 

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The awe-inspiring monument of Stoodley Pike…

 

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… and the ancient village of Heptonstall with its perfectly placed Victorian church tower

 

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Sun breaking through the morning mist – view from Elmet Farmhouse yesterday at 10.41 am

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 October 2016

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Stoodley Pike – ready for lift off!

 

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Slack Top on the crest of the hill on the far side of Hardcastle Crags

 

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The Crimsworth – Walshaw Loop – a perennial favourite of mine

 

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The walk starts and finishes here in Crimsworth Dean

 

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The towering chimney of Old Town Mill at the confluence of Hardcastle Crags and Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 October 2016

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A distant view of Blake Dean at the far end of the National Trust estate of Hardcastle Crags

 

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The rejuvenated post-harvest hilltop meadows look as vibrant and fresh as in the spring

 

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Stoodley Pike on the far horizon, distant but ever present

 

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Looking down over Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw

 

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Hardcastle Crags: hay meadows and heather moors on ‘the tops’, woods tumbling down the steep valley sides

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 October 2016

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Early autumn colours at Blake Dean, Hardcastle Crags

 

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Bracken and trees on the turn at Blake Dean

 

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Autumn is rather late this year …

 

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…after a mild September

 

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All the better for us here in Hebden Bridge as it means more colour for longer!

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Autumn in Luddenden Dean

Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

 

Autumn is particularly beautiful in the countryside around Elmet Farmhouse because of the profusion of steep wooded valleys, known as cloughs or deans, branching off into the hills from the main Upper Calder Valley. As the leaves begin to turn in October, the woods take on rich gold and chestnut hues. The beech trees are particularly vibrant, creating a canopy of burnished gold, while the silver birch and larch turn an arresting shade of bright yellow.

Whether you’re up on the hillside looking down onto the woods in the valley below, or standing under the trees looking up to the sky through the golden canopy, it’s a glorious sight. 

These photographs record a late autumn walk around the  idyllic Luddenden Dean valley on a wonderfully sunny afternoon on 1 November 2015,  starting at Jerusalem Farm and looping round via the impressive crenellated gatehouses of Castle Carr.

 

© Text and images copyright Lesley Jackson