Photo Journal – January 2017

Have you had your Five a Day?

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

These are the last entries in my Five A Day Photo Journal covering 12 months from 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2017. Scroll down to see how the landscape and the natural world evolves from season to season over the course of the year.

 

31 January 2017

Walshaw Lodge above Hardcastle Crags 

 

 

View across Hardcastle Crags towards Heptonstall Moor

 

Looking across Hardcastle Crags near Walshaw, with Heptonstall Moor on the far hilltop

 

Moorland between Walshaw and Crimsworth Dean

 

Pony on top of the moor 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

30 January 2017

Former quarry in Crimsworth Dean, below Shackleton Hill

 

Track through a copse of Scots Pine trees near boundary of National Trust estate in Crimsworth Dean

 

Meadow in Crimsworth Dean, at the foot of Shackleton Hill, where Ted Hughes camped as a child

View from Walshaw across Hardcastle Crags towards Stoodley Pike

 

Looking towards Slack Top and Stoodley Pike across Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 January 2017

View from Elmet Farmhouse at 10.30 am as the early morning fog was clearing

 

Blue sky over the woods in Crimsworth Dean at at 11.37 am

The beauty of leafless trees in winter

 

An oak tree in Crimsworth Dean, near Mideghole

 

Drystone retaining wall of disused dam in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 January 2017

This year we will be wearing…

 

… lots of extra layers…

 

… because it’s cold out there

 

… in Crimsworth Dean

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 January 2017

Freezing fog makes for some intriguing visual effects – that’s Old Town mill chimney on the right

 

View from Pecket Well War Memorial, looking towards Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike, with River of Mist in the Calder Valley

 

Three monuments in alignment: Stoodley Pike, Heptonstall Church and Pecket Well War Memorial

 

Pecket Well War Memorial honouring the dead from the First and Second World Wars – echoing the obelisk form of Stoodley Pike

 

Peachy sky over Old Town early on monday morning

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 January 2017

Extras from Baa-Baa Land in Martin Parr’s old haunt of Crimsworth Dean

 

As retweeted today by the Martin Parr Studio!

 

Crimsworth Dean looking rather ethereal early yesterday morning

 

Nonconformist sheep in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 January 2017

Beautiful pink sky in Crimsworth Dean at 8.15 am this morning

 

Sunrise over Old Town

 

View along Crimsworth Dean towards Heptonstall

 

Old Town Mill chimney on the horizon from Crimsworth Dean at 8.11 am

 

Crimsworth Dean on an early January morning

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 January 2017

Hebden Dale from Pecket Well War Memorial at 7.50 am this morning

 

Old Town Mill chimney silhouetted against the sunrise at 7.45 am this morning

 

River of Mist in the Calder Valley at 8.55 am yesterday morning

Sunset in Crimsworth Dean last friday afternoon

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 January 2017

View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge at 9 am this morning

 

Freezing fog at dawn melted into a River of Mist at sunrise

 

Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall separated by the River of Mist

 

Hard frost on the hills, mist in the valleys

 

Stoodley Pike rising above it all

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 January 2017

The Queen of Crimsworth Dean

 

Top of the Flocks

 

View along Crimsworth Dean in late afternoon January sunshine

 

Heptonstall Church in the centre, Stoodley Pike on the far right

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 January 2017

 

Yesterday’s glorious sunset at Elmet Farmhouse

 

 

After days of overcast skies the cloud lifted – this was the scene earlier in the day at 2.50pm

 

Rosy sunset after a warm sunny day spent planting apple trees in the field

 

Perfect backdrop to Stoodley Pike

 

Looking towards the west from Elmet Farmhouse at 4.45pm

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 January 2017

Beautiful sunset in Crimsworth Dean at 4.10pm this afternoon

 

Pink haze over Crimsworth Dean with Stoodley Pike on the far horizon

 

Pastoral scene in Crimsworth Dean

 

 

Stoodley Pike framed by the steep wooded slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 January 2017

Percy the Pheasant in the field in front of Elmet Farmhouse

 

Muted view from Elmet Farmhouse on a mild cloudy January morning

 

Fungi on lilac tree in the garden

 

Beautiful patterns and colours

 

Ivy-clad gateposts and ornate Victorian gate leading into the field in front of Elmet Farmhouse

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 January 2017

Crimsworth Dean Beck near Midgehole and Hardcastle Crags

 

Still some copper-coloured leaves clinging to the beech saplings in Crimsworth Dean

 

Cornus ablaze at Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean

 

Packhorse bridge over Crimsworth Dean Beck at Wheat Ing

 

View from Pecket Well towards Heptonstall on a mild misty January morning

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 January 2017

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Crimsworth Dean on a mizzly January morning

 

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Leafless trees silhouetted against the misty landscape

 

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Everything is in soft focus and looking rather muted

 

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Pecket Well ponies looking a bit bedraggled

 

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But at least they live in a des res

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 January 2017

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Looking down on Luddenden Dean from Wadsworth Moor

 

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Snowy expanse on Wadsworth Moor, looking in the direction of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Reservoir on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well

 

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Winter heather with its characteristic deep purplish-brown hue contrasting with the snow

 

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Wadsworth Moor above Old Town a couple of days ago

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 January 2017

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Walking up to Limers Gate up on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well yesterday morning

 

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Sun blazing on the snowy hills

 

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Swaledale sheep camouflaged in the snow

 

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Here today, gone tomorrow…

 

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Enjoy it while you can!

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 January 2017

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Snowy panorama from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge

 

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Stoodley Pike looking particularly magnificent, the snow highlighting the contours of Langfield Common, the ridge on which it stands

 

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Heptonstall looking positively alpine 

 

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Our recentCanadian guests compared the view to the Rockies, and you can see why!

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial with Hardcastle Crags and Shackleton Hill beyond

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 January 2017

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Spectacular sunset at Elmet Farmhouse at 4.20 pm yesterday afternoon

 

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Amazing colours reflected off the newly-fallen snow

 

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This view is across the fields from here at Pecket Well towards Lower Crimsworth

 

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Heptonstall church is just visible on the horizon on the left

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 January 2017

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Snowy panorama from Elmet Farmhouse at noon today

 

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We’re back in the throes of winter

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial on Smeekin Hill with mist rising from Hardcastle Crags

 

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A blizzard of sorts, but not particularly heavy

 

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Pecket Well Clough in the middle distance with Heptonstall on the hill above Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 January 2017

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge at 11am

 

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Ivy clad gateposts flanked by lilac and laburnum trees

 

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View from Elmet Farmhouse with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

 

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Stoodley Pike on the far side of the Calder Valley

 

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Winter sunhsine on the village of Heptonstall perched on the hill above Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 January 2017

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Hebden Bridge in the winter sunshine…

 

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… glowing with pride after winning the Great British High Street Competition

 

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Not only Best Small Market Town…

 

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But the People’s Choice as well, attracting 40,000 votes from its admirers

 

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Hip Hip Hooray for Hebden Bridge! What a top-notch little town

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 January 2017

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Aternoon sunshine in evergreen Crimsworth Dean

 

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“I’m ready for my close up”

 

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Aerial vew of Crimsworth Dean, looking towards The Steps

 

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Well-insulated sheepin Crimsworth Dean, ready for whatever the winter has to throw at them

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Rosy Crimsworth Dean sunset on New Year’s Day, with Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 January 2017

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Two waterfalls side by side with a plunge pool below

 

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Packhorse bridge over Crimsworth Dean Beck above Lumb Falls

 

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Looking downstream along Crimsworth Dean Beck from the packhorse bridge

 

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And looking upstream along Crimsworth Dean Beck from the packhorse bridge at Lumb Falls

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 January 2017

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Ruins of 13th century chapel at Heptonstall

 

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Weavers Square in Heptonstall with the tower of the chapel in the background

 

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Alleyway with arched gateway near the churchyard in Heptonstall

 

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Top ‘oth Town, next to Weavers Square in Heptonstall

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 January 2017

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Pink early morning sunshine on the frosty hills above Hardcastle Crags at Blake Dean

 

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Blake Dean wearing its winter coat

 

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Hardcastle Crags below Widdop Gate at 9 am

 

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Sun catching the tops of the hills through the trees in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Farm on the horizon near Widdop Gate above Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 January 2017

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Heavy frost at Blake Dean, Hardcastle Crags

 

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Frost-coated bracken by Hebden Water

 

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Parting of the Red Sea

 

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Scots Pine and rocky outcrops near Blake Dean

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

4 January 2017

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View from Elmet Farmhouse in the village of Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge at 12.30 pm today 

 

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With Stoodley Pike in the distance and Heptonstall on the horizon, surely this is one of the most perfect panoramas in Yorkshire

 

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A glorious view all year round 

 

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Here it is again with a pinkish glow at 15.40 pm in the afternoon two days ago 

 

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And back to the here and now

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 January 2017

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Hebden Bridge beaming in the January sunshine

 

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Winner of the Best Small Market Town in the Great British High Street Competition

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What a heroic achievement!

 

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What an amazing setting…

 

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… what a remarkable town

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 January 2017

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A walk to Stoodley Pike on beautiful frosty January morning

 

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The stark beauty of leafless trees

 

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Sheep on the hillside below Stoodley Pike 

 

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Busy day up at Stoodley Pike – the fine weather brought people out in throngs!

 

 

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View across the Calder Valley from Stoodley Pike

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 January 2017

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Crimsworth Dean at 15.20 pm

 

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Late afternoon sun in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Sheep at Walshaw

 

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Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Thrush in Crimsworth Dean

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

Photo Journal – December 2016

Have you had your Five a Day?

Five photos taken on walks in the countryside and villages 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!

31 December 2016

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Frosty morning in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Scots pines in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Starlings at Walshaw

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

30 December 2016

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Sheep on meadows at Walshaw above Hardcastle Crags

 

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Stoodley Pike beyond Slack Top

 

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Slack Top from Walshaw

 

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Blake Dean from Walshaw Moor

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

29 December 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 8.36 am

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Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 December 2016

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Sunset at Elmet Farmhouse at 15.20 pm

 

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Highland cattle above Pecket Well Mill

 

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Stoodley Pike from Wadsworth Moor at 4.20 pm

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 December 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse  at 12 noon

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 December 2016

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Tree bole in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Beech leaves covering the path in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 December 2016

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Christmas tree in living room at Elmet Farmhouse

 

 

 

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Christmas grotto under the stairs

 

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Festive festoons on the cabinet in the living room, ready for our Christmas guests

 

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Ingredients for our Christmas pudding…

 

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Christmas cake fresh out of the oven

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

24 December 2016

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Churchyard Bottom in Heptonstall – completely derelict during the 1970s, now restored

 

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Village pump in Heptonstall

 

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Silver Street in Heptonstall, lined with weavers’ cottages with stone mullion windows

 

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Heptonstall Primary School, still thriving today

 

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Grand residence above Heptonstall

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 December 2016

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Heptonstall’s beautifully preserved main street…

 

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Lined with handloom weavers’ cottages….

 

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Silver Street, the cobbled main road running steeply uphill through Heptonstall

 

 

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The handloom weavers are long gone but their cottages remain

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 December 2016

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16th century gateway on Northgate in Heptonstall inscribed JB 1578

 

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Heptonstall courtyard

 

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Grand three-storey house on the main street running through Heptonstall, indicating the village’s former wealth

 

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Handloom weavers’ cottages in Heptonstall

 

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Towngate Tea Room in the centre of Heptonstall

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 December 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 11.40 am…

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Same old view but subtly different each day

 

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Pecket Well Clough falling away steeply below the village

 

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Stoodley Pike and Hetponstall on the horizon at midwinter

 

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A significant turning point – now the days start to get longer and lighter again

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 December 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 2.30pm on a sunny December afternoon

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Still compelling even in the depths of midwinter

 

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The majestic outline of Stoodley Pike with interleaved hills

 

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Silhouette of Heptonstall church with prickly scaffolding on one side

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck from Lumb Falls

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 December 2016

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Stoodley Pike from Heptonstall…

 

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Hazy mist in the Upper Calder Valley

 

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The stark beauty of winter

 

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Stoodley Pike on the brow of Langfield Edge

 

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Stoodley Pike framed by leafless trees from Heptonstall 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 December 2016

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A beautiful sunset in Crimsworth Dean with Stoodley Pike on the horizon

 

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Some unusual sheep in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Their faces are so woolly that you can hardly see their eyes!

 

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They thought I was bringing them some food

 

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Watery winter late afternoon sunshine in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 December 2016

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Best seen after heavy rain

 

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Old packhorse bridge above Lumb Falls

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck flowing under the packhorse bridge

 

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Another view of Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 December 2016

 

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well at 9.20 am

 

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Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike…

 

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…on a hazy December morning

 

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Mild weather at Pecket Well as Midwinter approaches

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 December 2016

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Heptonstall church in the mist from Colden Clough

 

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Dry stone walled field enclosures below Stoodley Pike on a rather murky December morning

 

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Bridlepath along the top of woods above the Calder Valley near Hebden Bridge

 

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Steep road up from Horsehold above Hebden Bridge paved with stone setts

 

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Woods at Horsehold, just outside Hebden Bridge

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 December 2016

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Crimsworth Dean at 8 am this morning…

 

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…with Heptonstall church just visible in the mist

 

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Beautiful soft pinky-purple sky over Crimsworth Dean at sunrise

 

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Clouds illuminated from below at sunrise

 

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Pastoral idyll – sheep grazing at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean at 8.40 am

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 December 2016

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View along Luddenden Dean

 

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Looking towards the Castle Carr estate in Luddenden Dean

 

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White cow with black muddy bootees in Crimsworth Dean

 

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(Below) Buzzard wheeling above Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 December 2016

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River of Mist in the Calder Valley from up on high at Deer Stone Edge above Pecket Well

 

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River of Mist in Hardcastle Crags…

 

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… just below Pecket Well War Memorial

 

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Spectacular sunrise at 8.08am on Deer Stone Edge, with Emley Moor transmitter in the distance…

 

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Compare and contrast… Emley Moor transmitter poking out of sea of mist viewed from Heptonstall Moor near Colden

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 December 2016

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Our old friends, the pigmy goats, in Luddenden Dean

 

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Looking very dapper

 

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Push me, pull you?

 

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When it comes to beards, these goats are ahead of the pack

 

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The mild December weather has spawned some spectacular fungi

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 December 2016

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Octagonal Methodist Chapel in Heptonstall -directly across the valley from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well

 

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Built in the mid 18th century and a favourite preaching place of John Wesley

 

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18th century marriage stone on Northgate in Heptonstall

 

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Some of the many handsome houses lining the main cobbled street in Heptonstall

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 December 2016

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Atmospheric ruins of the old church at Heptonstall…

 

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… dating back to the 13th century

 

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The ancient village of Heptonstall is extremely well preserved and unspoilt

 

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It’s full of interesting historic buildings

 

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No wonder it’s a conservation area

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 December 2016

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Rocks at Hell Hole near Heptonstall, high up above Hebden Bridge

 

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Huge rocky outcrops are perched on the steep hillside

 

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The cliff-like rockfaces are partially hidden by trees…

 

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… but can be explored via a network of paths

 

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View of Lumb Bank from Hell Hole at Heptonstall – formerly owned by Ted Hughes, now the home of the Arvon Foundation

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 December 2016

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Early morning sunshine on one side of the Calder Valley

 

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View from Hell Hole at Heptonstall, looking down on Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley

 

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Boundary wall of Lumb Bank in Colden Clough near Heptonstall

 

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Steep path running down from Lumb Bank

 

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The path runs down through the woods in Colden Clough below Heptonstall to Hebden Bridge

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 December 2016

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Chimney of Old Town Mill from Crimsworth Dean on a frosty winter morning

 

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Is this a shooting star? Probably not, but it’s rather magical nevertheless

 

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Looking along Crimsworth Dean towards Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike

 

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Steep path down to Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean, one of many old packhorse tracks

 

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean on a frosty winter’s morning – no one swimming there today – Brrrr!

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

5 December 2016

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Early morning mist rolling up onto the moors from Pecket Well

 

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Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning

 

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Sunrise at High Brown Knoll above Pecket Well

 

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A sea of mist playing strange tricks…

 

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Sunrise at Deer Stone Edge above Pecket Well

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 December 2016

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Crimsworth Dean with Stoodley Pike on the far horizon

 

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Late afternoon sunshine in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Still plenty of green in Crimsworth Dean, even at midwinter

 

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View towards Blake Dean and Gorple Reservoir from Walshaw Moor

 

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Sheep grazing on hilltop meadows above Hardcastle Crags

 

 © Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 December 2016

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Slack Heptonstall on the brow, looking across Hardcastle Crags

 

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Stoodley Pike  in the distance beyond Slack

 

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Sheep grazing at Walshaw

 

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Hardcastle Crags in the valley below Walshaw

 

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The rare orange sheep of Walshaw!

 

 © Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 December 2016

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Ruins of the old church in Heptonstall

 

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This ancient building dates back to the 13th century

 

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The evocative remains of the old church…

 

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… just across the graveyard from the new church, built in the 19th century…

 

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… where Sylvia Plath was buried in 1963

 

 © Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 December 2016

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Old Town Mill above Hebden Bridge

 

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View from Old Town towards Heptonstall

 

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Packhorse bridge in Nutclough on the outskirts of Hebden Bridge

 

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Looking down Nutclough from the packhorse bridge

 

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© 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

Photo Journal – September 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 Swaledale. Yorkshire at its finest. Enjoy!

30 September 2016

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Back at the ranch…

 

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well, near Hebden Bridge, at 13.19pm

 

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Heptonstall Church with post-harvest hay meadows catching the September sunshine

 

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Stoodley Pike looking moody and magnificent

 

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Going out in a blaze of glory!

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 September 2016

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Back on home turf – an early morning walk at Heptonstall

 

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Heptonstall Church in the pink early morning sunshine

 

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Mill chimney in Colden Clough, near Lumb Bank

 

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Colden Water flowing through Colden Clough, below Heptonstall

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 September 2016

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A wobbly drystone wall …

 

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…a classic Swaledale barn

 

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… and an archetypal Swaledale sheep

 

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Bridge over the River Swale at Ivelet

 

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Limestone outcrops in Swaledale between Muker and Keld

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

27 September 2016

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Limestone scar on the hillside above Swaledale

 

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Cliffs running along the crest of the hill

 

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Muker nestling in the bosom of Swaledale

 

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Rash, near Muker in Swaledale

 

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Purple heather on the distant hills

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

26 September 2016

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Swinnerside Gill in Swaledale

 

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Swinnerside Gill with the River Swale in the distance

 

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Swaledale between Muker and Keld

 

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Heather on the hills above Swaledale

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

25 September 2016

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Head of Swinnerside Gill

 

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Waterfalls re-shaped by the impact of lead-mining during the 19th century

 

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Looking down Swinnerside Gill towards Swaledale

 

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Rocky gorge below steep-sided valley 

 

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Swinnerside Gill

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

24 September 2016

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Swinnerside Gill, an offshoot from the main Swaledale valley between Muker and Keld

 

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A narrow gorge with craggy rocks on either side

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An impressive natural geological feature..

 

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… marked by the legacy of lead mining

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

23 September 2016

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Seductive Swaledale barns

 

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Traditionally, each field in Swaldale had a barn…

 

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…used for storing hay and for housing cattle in the winter

 

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River Swale between Muker and Keld

 

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Swinnerside Gill, a rocky gorge leading off from Swaledale, near Muker

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

22 September 2016

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The mighty River Swale

 

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Narrow and shallow for much of the time…

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… but deep and wide in full spate after prolonged heavy rain

 

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Riverside path between Gunnerside and Muker

 

 

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Swaledale sheep and Swaledale barns

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

21 September 2016

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A handsome farmhouse 

 

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…in a remote spot above Swaledale

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Built from the same limestone as the walls and the rocky outcrops on the hills

 

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It’s a tough life up here…

 

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…but dazzlingly beautiful

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

20 September 2016

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Limestone scar above the Askrigg road leading from Swaledale to Wensleydale

 

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After walking up the road below the scar, we climbed up onto the top of the ridge

 

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The whiteish grey colour of the limestone makes the rocky outcrops stand out on the grassy hillside

 

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The rock looks as though it has been quarried but it’s formed by natural erosion

 

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Looking back towards Swaledale from the top of the scar

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

19 September 2016

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Climbing up the Askrigg road from Swaledale

 

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Meadows and moor

 

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The valley leading to Askrigg is dominated by an imposing limestone scar

 

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Cliffs above, scree below

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

18 September 2016

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Pockets of sunshine illuminating the hills in Swaledale between Muker and Keld

 

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View from the Pennine Way, looking towards Swinnerside Gill

 

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Shafts of sunshine on the bracken and heather-clad hills above Swaledale

 

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Crackpot near Keld, ruined buildings and spoil tips from mining and quarrying

 

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Looking up the gorge-like Swinnerside Gill from the other side of Swaledale

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

17 September 2016

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Hardy Swaledale sheep with their distinctive black and white faces and curly horns

 

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Remains of a lime kiln, where crushed limestone was burnt  to produce lime

 

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Tree growing out of a lime kiln near Keld in Swaledale

 

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Rowan trees laden with red berries

 

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River Swale with limestone cliff above Keld in Swaledale

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

16 September 2016

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Cascades above Keld on the River Swale in Upper Swaledale

 

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Waterfall at Keld…

 

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One of many in and around the village

 

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Looking down the River Swale below Keld

 

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Keld waterfall with red-berried rowan, known as mountain ash

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

15 September 2016

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Limestone outcrops on the hills above Keld in Swaledale

 

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These pale grey cliffs and screes cutting through the grassy slopes are known as scars

 

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Rolling Pennine hills between Thwaite and Keld

 

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Criss-crossed by drystone walls and dotted with farms and barns

 

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‘Top of the world Ma!’

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

14 September 2016

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Swaledale sheep in their native habitat

 

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The meandering River Swale…

 

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… between Muker and Keld

 

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One of the most tranquil and beautiful spots in Yorkshire

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

13 September 2016

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Swinnerside Gill in Swaledale

 

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Limestone outcrops in Swinnerside Gill

 

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The head of Swinnerside Gill, formerly a major leadmining site

 

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River Swale winding through Swaledale between Muker and Keld

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

12 September 2016

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View from the churchyard at Keld in Swaledale

 

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The lush pastures high up near Keld in Swaledale have some similarities to the higlltop hay  meadows above Hebden Bridge in the Upper Calder Valley

 

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River Swale at Kisdon below Keld

 

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Limestone outcrops on the hillside near Keld in Swaledale

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

11 September 2016

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Kisdon Force in Swaledale…

 

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…One of a series of magnificent waterfalls near the village of Keld

 

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Kisdon Force tumbling over the craggy limestone rocks

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

10 September 2016

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Foundling’s Hospital in the village of Linton up in the Yorkshire Dales

 

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A grand building with a humble purpose

 

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Beck running through the village of Linton, near Wharfedale

 

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17th century house in Linton…

 

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…with a carved marriage stone over the doorway

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 September 2016

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Pumpkin ripening in the vegetable garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Another one on the way…

 

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Last crops of the season…

 

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Courgettes and beans

 

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Oh Gourd! 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 September 2016

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Emley Moor transmitter over towards Huddersfield, viewed from Wadsworth Moor in the early morning sunshine

 

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Looking down on Heptonstall from Wadsworth Moor

 

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Mother and child reunion – Highland Cattle at Pecket Well

 

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Northern Wheatear – another of our local residents

 

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The markings indicate that this is a female, as the males have a white stripe above the eye

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

7 September 2016

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The summer holidays may be officially over, but it’s still as verdant as ever here at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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How could you ever tire of this view?

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Heptonstall Church perched on the hilltop opposite Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Monumental Stoodley Pike on the far side of the Calder Valley

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 September 2016

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Long-stemmed pink dianthus – the centrepiece of the front garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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The garden is designed to complement the view

 

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Sprays of sun-loving white viola

 

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Lots of interesting foliage as well as the colourful flowers

 

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Planter encircled by ridged terracotta tiles

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 September 2016

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Front garden in full bloom at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Pink Japanese anemones and dark crimson potentillas in the herbaceous border in front of the barn next to Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Alchemilla mollis and frilly pink Japanese anemones

 

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Herbaceous border next to outdoor seating area at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 September 2016

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The velvety slopes of Crimsworth Dean at 3 o’clock in the afternoon

 

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Looking towards the woods of Crimsworth Dean with Hardcastle Crags in the distance

 

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Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 5pm on a sunny September afternoon

 

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Stoodley Pike on the left, Heptonstall church on the right, Hardcastle Crags in the foreground

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 September 2016

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If you like gardens, you’ll love Elmet Farmhouse

 

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This is the herbaceous border in front of the barn next to the farmhouse

 

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The barn is south-facing so the sun bounces off the walls

 

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This creates a good micro-climate for growing flowers 

 

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Herbaceous border viewed from the outdoor dining area in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 September 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse with vegetable garden and historic Grade II Listed barn

 

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Two views of the farmhouse from the field shortly after it had been cut for hay

 

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A characterful caterpillar…

 

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… crawling about the undergrowth

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 September 2016

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Striated rocks on Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir

 

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Open heather moorland on the hilltop above Widdop Reservoir

 

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Widdop, one of a string of reservoirs on the moors beyond Hardcastle Crags 

 

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Looking back along Great Edge…

 

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Looking up towards Great Edge from Widdop Reservoir

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Photo Journal – August 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!                        (Lesley Jackson)

31 August 2016

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Packhorse bridge at Lumb Falls

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

30 August 2016

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Looking along Crimsworth Dean towards Stoodley Pike through a forest of lush green bracken

 

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

 

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The mellow august meadows of Crimsworth Dean

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 August 2016

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View from Great Edge towards Grey Stone Hill

 

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A shard-like outcrop cutting through the heather moorland above Widdop

 

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Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir

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Heather lapping at the rocks above Widdop Reservoir

 

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A gritty landscape softened by the tidal surge of heather each August

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 August 2016

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Vibrant August colours on the heather-carpeted banks of the reservoirs above Luddenden Dean

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 August 2016

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Heather-clad reservoir above Luddenden Dean

 

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Red rowan berries

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Heather on the hillside above Luddenden Dean

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 August 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse with shorn hay meadow

 

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View from the bottom of the field in front of Elmet Farmhouse

 

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View from Elmet Farmhouse with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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Newly-cut hay meadow in the foreground, which will soon green up again

 

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Buddleia, veg beds and herbaceous border in front of barn next to Elmet Farmhouse

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 August 2016

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Moody mist in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Old Town Mill above Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

24 August 2016

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Shafts of light and pockets of mist in Crimsworth Dean early in the morning

 

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Emerald  green grass illuminated by sunshine in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Grain Farm bathed in the dazzling early morning sun

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Looking back towards Stairs at the far end of Crimsworth Dean

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 August 2016

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Ah, the famous River of Mist in the valley below Elmet Farmhouse…

 

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There’s nothing quite like it…

 

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Breathtaking is the only way to describe it

 

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Stoodley Pike swaddled by mist at 6.50am this morning

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial echoing Stoodley across the fields to the west

For more photos of the River of Mist at other times of year, click here

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 August 2016

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Looking along Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir

 

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Heather-clad rocks…

 

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…on the aptly named Great Rock

 

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Above Widdop Reservoir

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 August 2016

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Dramatic panorama on Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir

 

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Huge lumps of sculpted rock…

 

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… cresting the hillside for miles and miles

 

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… like a giant tidal wave

 

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… with an ocean of heather on the moorland plateau behind

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 August 2016

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Roe deer in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Heather on the slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Heather and boulders near Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Scabious in abundance in this beautiful hidden dell

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 August 2016

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View through the bracken towards Stoodley Pike from Crimsworth Dean

 

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It’s haymaking time here as well

 

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Rows of mown grass ready for silaging

 

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Herringbone pattern of mown grass in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Pinstripes on a long narrow field running horizontally on the slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

18 August 2016

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The heatwave continues  – early morning mist in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Sun bathing the shoulders of the hills

 

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Long shadows and hazy early morning light…

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… As the sun rises over Crimsworth Dean

 

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It’s not even 8am but the heavy mob are already out

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

17 August 2016

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Hot on the heels of Jonathan…

 

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… his brother Roger Tennant arrives with the baler

 

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The rows of loose dry hay are sucked up and compacted into bales

 

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Bale being extruded in the field in front of Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Hay bales ready to be collected and taken along the road to Horse Hey Farm at Crimsworth Dean to be used as cattle feed this winter

 

©Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 August 2016

 

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After a week of unsettled weather, haymaking resumes at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Jonathan Tennant at the wheel… 

 

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… gathering the mown hay into rows, ready to be baled

 

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Hand-raking a few last strays

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Hot thirsty work in the afternoon sunshine

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

15 August 2016

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Looking down from Raven Stones to Widdop Reservoir

 

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Monumental weather-sculpted boulders with heather springing up between

 

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Dramatic rocky outcrops on the hillside above Widdop Reservoir

 

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Heather amongst the rocks

 

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Looking along The Scout towards the long gritstone outcrop of Great Edge

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 August 2016

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Raven Stones above Widdop Reservoir

 

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Intermingled heather and bracken with the gritstone outcrop of Raven Stones in the distance

 

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Looking down from Raven Stones towards Widdop Reservoir

 

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Looking back along the rocky outcrop known as The Scout above Widdop Reservoir

 

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Heather and bracken on the moor above Widdop Reservoir beyond Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 August 2016

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Heather-banked reservoir above Luddenden Dean…

 

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… an oasis on the moor’s edge

 

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The heather has crept down from the moor onto the sloping stone sides of the reservoir

 

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One of the area’s hidden gems…

 

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… and one of my favourite places in all the world

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 August 2016

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Swaledale sheep in their natural habitat…

 

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… on the moor above Luddenden Dean

 

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… amongst the heather and the bilberry bushes

 

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… a harmonious ensemble 

 

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Heather in full bloom above Luddenden Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 August 2016

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Stoodley Pike from Heptonstall Moor

 

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Heather moorland near Widdop in the distance

 

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Heather on Heptonstall Moor

 

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Traditional laithe farmhouse with attached barn on Heptonstall Moor

 

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Pure unadulterated heather on Heptonstall Moor

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 August 2016

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Long light on the heather moorland above Hardcastle Crags

 

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Heather on Heptonstall Moor above Colden

 

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The Pennine Way cutting through the heather on Heptonstall Moor

 

 

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Hilltop farms, hay meadows and heather moorland above Hardcastle Crags

 

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Looking towards Widdop from Heptonstall Moor approaching Gorple Reservoir

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 August 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 7.49pm yesterday evening

 

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Early evening sunshine drying out the hay in our meadow

 

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Beautiful light effects on the grass, the hills and the drystone walls

 

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Roe deer taking their evening constitutional near Pecket Well War Memorial

 

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Sun setting in the west, casting a pinkish glow on Stoodley Pike and Pecket Well Clough

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

8 August 2016

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Haymaking at Elmet Farmhouse 

 

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Stage Two:turning the mown grass in our field so that it dries out…

 

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The man at the wheel is Roger Tennant from Horse Hey Farm at nearby Crimsworth Dean

 

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Not a bad backdrop for haymaking – Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall in the distance

 

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Looking across the fields to Higher Crimsworth

 

For more photos of haymaking at Elmet Farmhouse, click here

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 August 2016

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A vast expanse of heather up on Wadsworth Moor – one of the best heather habitats in the Upper Calder Valley

 

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Much appreciated by the locals – including swarthy Swaledale sheep….

 

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… and hardy hikers on Deer Stones Edge, a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Bilberry bushes and heather above Luddenden Dean…

 

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… yellowish green and vibrant purple, a perfect pairing

 

For more photos of heather, click here

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

6 August 2016

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Start of haymaking in the field in front of Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Roger Tennant from Horse Hey Farm at Crimsworth Dean mowing our meadow

 

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Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon

 

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Haymaking in the evening sunshine

 

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Aerial view of our felled field – stage one of haymaking completed

 

For more photos of haymaking at Elmet Farmhouse, click here

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 August 2016

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View from Walshaw Moor towards Hardcastle Crags…

 

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…. with heather on the slopes

 

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Heather on the hillside above Blake Dean at Hardcastle Crags

 

For more photos of heather, click here

 

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View towards Blake Dean at the top end of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Emerging out of the woods into the bracken in Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 August 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse with schizophrenic blue / black sky

 

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Wisps of mist rising up from Hardcastle Crags after a shower

 

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Last view of our hay meadow before it gets cut

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial with patchwork of fields on the hillside at Slack, near Heptonstall

 

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Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon with fringe of hay and wraith of mist – a view that never disappoints

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

3 August 2016

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Crimsworth Dean, near Horse Hey Wood…

 

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… just along from Wheat Ing

 

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Crimsworth Dean, view towards Abel Cote Wood from near Wheat Ing

 

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A small pool of sunshine spilling onto the grass through the trees in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Several buzzards mewing and circling overhead

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 August 2016

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Long shadows at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean with Grain Farm in the hillside in the centre

 

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Top end of Crimsworth Dean with Haworth Old Road climbing up to Stairs

 

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Wheat Ing nestling in the valley in Crimsworth Dean

 

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View from hillside above Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

1 August 2016

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Crimsworth Dean looking idyllic in the soft early morning light on the first day of August

 

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The landscape is constantly changing colour throughout the year….

 

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The pale pinkish meadows are those where the grass is still long, whereas the green fields have either been cut for hay or grazed

 

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Upper end of Crimsworth Dean – an oasis of tranquillity

 

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The muted palette of Crimsworth Dean in hazy early morning sunshine

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

Photo Journal – July 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!                        (Lesley Jackson)

 

31 July 2016

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When the heather comes into flower it completely transforms the colour of the landscape –  as here, up on Wadsworth Moor, looking towards Stoodley Pike

 

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The juxtaposition of the mauve heather and the bright yellowy-green bilberry leaves is a stimulating combination

 

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A good spot for bilberry picking above Luddenden Dean. The colour of the heather changes depending on the weather condition overhead

 

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Upper end of Luddenden Dean above the Castle Carr estate, with purple tinge of heather moorland on the tops of the hills

 

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Luddenden Dean – looking down the valley over the bilberries and heather

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

30 July 2016

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First flush of heather blooming up on Midgley Moor above Luddenden Dean

 

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Last year the heather was very late but this year it’s early…

 

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Purple haze of heather on Wadsworth Moor 

 

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If the heather looks this good now, imagine what it will be like in a couple of weeks’ time when it’s at its peak in mid August

 

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Shaft of underground water tunnel protruding like a sentry box through the heather on Wadsworth Moor

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

29 July 2016

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Fantastical fungi forms in the woods in Crimsworth Dean

 

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It looks almost as beautiful as an orchid flower

 

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Gate through drystone wall in Crimsworth Dean…

 

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…leading into the woods where the fungi was flowering

 

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The fallen trees and damp conditions on the wooded slopes of Crimsworth Deans provide the ideal conditions for fungi to bloom

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 July 2016

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View from Crimsworth Dean towards the high meadows on the far side of the Calder Valley above Hebden Bridge

 

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The regularity of the drystone walls enclosing these fields, with a clump of trees in each corner, indicate that they were built during the 19th century

 

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View from Crimsworth Dean towards Hardcastle Crags on a typical English summer’s day – bright blue skies with grey clouds presaging showers

 

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Chapel at Slack above Heptonstall, viewed from Crimsworth Dean

 

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Looking towards Hebden Wood from Crimsworth Dean with Slack on the horizon on the right

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

27 July 2016

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View from Crimsworth Dean towards Midgehole, with Hebden Wood in the distance

 

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Fern-decked steps up onto the embankment wall of a dam in Crimsworth Dean

 

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This is where the steps led up to – a small dam colonised by bullrushes, with silver birch, bilberry bushes and heather on the embankment wall

 

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The dam once provided vital water supplies for the nearby dyeworks at Midgehole

 

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Dam wall with foxgloves and ferns

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

26 July 2016

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View from near Outwood towards Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean

 

 

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6ft high bracken closing in on the path through Crimsworth Dean

 

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Looking over the sea of bracken along Crimsworth Dean towards Stoodley Pike

 

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Cattle grazing on the steep slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Swallows on telegraph wires in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 July 2016

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Weir on Crimsworth Dean Beck in Middle Dean Wood

 

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Remains of a iron palisade in Crimsworth Dean

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Overgrown dam in Middle Dean Wood that once stored water for the dyeworks lower down the valley near Midgehole

 

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Embankment path by watercourse in Crimsworth Dean

 

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The largest dam in Crimsworth Dean, a tranquil spot with bullrushes at the far end, a good place for reflections (and reflection)

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 July 2016

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Path running along by one of the dams in Middle Dean Wood in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Tree fringing the water by one of the dams in Middle Dean Wood

 

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Steps up to the embankment next to the dams

 

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Crimsworth Dean ‘rain forest’, a remarkable micro-climate

 

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Shallow-rooted mature beech tree toppled across one of the dams in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 July 2016

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Fallen tree resembling a giant stick insect in Graining Water, near confluence with Alcomden Water at Blake Dean

 

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Hebden Water between Widdop Gate and Blake Dean in Hardcastle Crags

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Remains of stone piers built to support a temporary wooden narrow gauge railway bridge over Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags, used to transport materials during the construction of the three Walshaw Dean reservoirs further up the valley during the early 20th century.

 

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View from Blake Dean end of Hardcastle Crags towards Walshaw Lodge

 

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And speaking of all things purple, here’s to the last hurrah of this summer’s foxgloves

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 July 2016

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It’s been a bumper year for bilberries, the wild blueberries which thrive on the acid soils of the Upper Calder Valley

 

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We’ve been busy picking on the steep slopes of Luddenden Dean and Hardcastle Crags

 

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It’s a slow business as the berries are quite small…

 

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The dark purply-black bilberries contrast with the bright yellowy-green leaves

 

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Bilberries make wonderful jam – a delicious well-earned reward for our labours

 

For more Bilberry Stories, click here

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 July 2016

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Wheat Ing Bridge in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck from Wheat Ing Bridge

 

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Wheat Ing Bridge is an old packhorse bridge connecting Abel Cote Wood…

 

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… and Horse Hey Wood

 

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Moss-covered walls of Wheat Ing Bridge

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 July 2016

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More perfect views from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well, near Hebden Bridge

 

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Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon, Hardcastle Crags in the middle distance and our beautiful hay meadow in the foreground

 

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Heptonstall village bathed in sunshine

 

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Idyllic panorama from Elmet Farmhouse holiday cottage…

 

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… Surely one of the best views in Yorkshire!

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 July 2016

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Crimsworth Dean at around 8am on the hottest day of the year

 

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Balmy early morning sunshine in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Looking towards the top of Crimsworth Dean with the aptly named ‘Stairs’ at the end 

 

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Copse of Scots Pine in Crimsworth Dean, a regular haunt for buzzards, goldfinches and green woodpeckers

 

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View towards Stoodley Pike from Crimsworth Dean on a blazing hot July morning

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 July 2016

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Evening view across the hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse framed by laburnum, lilac and ash trees

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial – also known as ‘Mini Stoodley’ – viewed across the fields from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Evening sunshine on the hay meadows at Slack, near Heptonstall

 

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View from Elmet Farmhouse with Heptonstall Church on the left and Pecket Well War Memorial on the right

 

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Path through our hay meadow

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 July 2016

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View across the Calder Valley from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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View from Elmet Farmhouse with our hay meadow in the foreground and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

 

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There are some wonderful skies and light effects on the hills during the long summer evenings in July 

 

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Our hay meadow has now turned a pinky white colour, contrasting with the dark green of the woods in Hardcastle Crags below

 

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The ancient village of Heptonstall perched on the hill above Hardcastle Crags with the dramatic contours of Langfield Common behind

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

16 July 2016

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Hardcastle Crags, view from Widdop Gate

 

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The character of the valley changes at this point as the woodland ends and the landscape becomes more open

 

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High path through Hardcastle Crags with the river in the valley below on the left

 

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Bracken-covered slopes at the top end of Hardcastle Crags looking towards Blake Dean

 

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Looking back towards Walshaw across Hardcastle Crags from Widdop Gate

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 July 2016

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Blake Dean at the top end of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Looking down the precipitous slopes to Hebden Water…

 

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… and along the valley across the bracken towards the woods

 

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Purple foxgloves provide a perfect foil to the vibrant green of the bracken

 

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Dropping down into the woods, the light dims and bracken is replaced by ferns

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 July 2016

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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… best viewed after heavy rain

 

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…when the full force of the beck surges over the rocks

 

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Old packhorse bridge just above Lumb Falls

 

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View down Crimsworth Dean Beck from above the main waterfall

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

13 July 2016

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Five views of the lush undulating slopes of  Luddenden Dean

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 July 2016

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Luddenden Dean bathed in glorious sunshine on sunday 3 July

 

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Moody skyline from Elmet Farmhouse yesterday afternoon

 

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Buffeted hay meadow yesterday afternoon – a brief interlude after plentiful rain

 

 

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Barn owl hunting over the fields at Pecket Well near Elmet Farmhouse yesterday evening

 

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Extra long wings and x-ray eyes, on the prowl after being confined to barracks because of the rain…

Although he’s currently doing a nightly fly-past, this barn owl is proving rather difficult to photograph as he doesn’t come out until dusk and he’s constantly on the move. Watch this space…

In the meantime, for more photos of Barry the Barn Owl, click here

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

11 July 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse in evening sunshine at 8pm on Sunday 3 July 2016

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The hay meadows are reaching maturity and have taken on a soft tawny hue

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Path through Elmet’s hay meadow with Stoodley Pike on the horizon on the right

 

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Hay meadows near and far on the hilltops, here at Pecket Well and beyond at Heptonstall

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 July 2016

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More fragments from Castle Carr a week ago

 

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Coat of arms that once adorned the mansion…

 

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…. now lying on the ground amongst the ruins

 

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How the mighty are fallen!

 

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For more photos of Castle Carr, click here

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 July 2016

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Vegetable garden next to Elmet Farmhouse in the spring

 

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Herbaceous border in front of the barn

 

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Elmet’s cottage garden in full bloom in the spring

 

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Tall thalictrums on the left, dark purple astrantia in the centre with a golden elder behind

 

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Flowers and shrubs framing the view from Elmet Farmhouse

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 July 2016

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Recent photos of the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Irises, geums and aquilegia…

 

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Alliums, peonies and violas…

 

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The profusion of flowers in the garden is complemented by the hay meadow beyond

 

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A sequence of plants is continuously coming into flower

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 July 2016

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More photos of the water gardens at Castle Carr last sunday – cascade descending into the circular pool where the fountain is situated

 

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Castle Carr fountain before the jet was switched on – two now defunct fountains at both corners at the far end

 

 

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Weir below reservoir dropping down to water gardens at Castle Carr

 

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Weir and upper pool in the water gardens at Castle Carr

 

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For more photos of Castle Carr, click here

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 July 2016

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Cow parsley and bullrushes…

 

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…  in one of the dams at Crimsworth Dean

 

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Path running alongside a watercourse in Crimsworth Dean

 

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The overgrown dams that once stored water for the nearby dyeworks now provide a habitat for a wealth of plants and animals

 

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Foxgloves in Crimsworth Dean – purple spires offsetting the dark green of the woods and the bright green of the meadows

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 July 2016

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Charolais cattle grazing at Horse Hey Farm at Pecket Well, above Crimsworth Dean, a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon – not a bad view from a bovine point of view (or human, come to that)

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It’s hardly surprising they look so contented grazing on this lush pasture in such beautiful surroundings!

 

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During the winter these cattle are fed on hay grown in the fields at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Shackleton Hill, with Crimsworth Dean in the foreground and the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags beyond

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 July 2016

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More gems from Castle Carr yesterday – this is all that remains of the huge Victorian mansion for which the fountains were created

 

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Just how is this tower staying up exactly?

 

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Zoom in and you see details of the decorative stonework which once adorned the entire building

 

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Sadly the rest of the building was demolished after the Second World War and the stone was sold for scrap. Hard to believe but it makes for a good Gothic ruin, especially with a moody sky like that as a backdrop 

 

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The foundations of the kitchen block with a mysterious arched door and a slightly Aztec feel!

For more photos of Castle Carr, click here

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

3 July 2016

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An outing to Luddenden Dean to see the famous fountain at Castle Carr

 

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Here it is on its way up…

 

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At its peak it rises 100ft – one of the highest fountains in the country, only Chatworth is higher

 

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Gravity-fed, rather than being pumped, the fountain rises purely from the force of the water

 

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An amazing display which only takes place a couple of times a year for charity – perfect conditions today

For more photos of Castle Carr, click here

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 July 2016

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View of Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike from field near Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well

 

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Hillside above Crimsworth Dean 

 

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Heptonstall Church and Stoodley Pike from across Crimsworth Dean

 

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Shackleton Hill and the wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Panoramic view from above Crimsworth Dean near Pecket Well

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

1 July 2016

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In praise of white things… Bog cotton on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well

 

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In praise of white things… Clouds and curlew

 

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In praise of white things… Elderflower in Crimsworth Dean

 

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In praise of white things… Fungi in Hardcastle Crags

 

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In praise of white things… Barn owl hunting in the gloaming above the hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse  

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Photo Journal – June 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!                        (Lesley Jackson)

 

30 June 2016

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View towards Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw Moor above Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean, near Pecket Well

 

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Walking in the footsteps of Ted Hughes…

 

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… who roamed this valley as a child

 

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Foxgloves by the beck at Crimsworth Dean, curlews and lapwings overhead

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 June 2016

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Photos from last saturday’s circuit around the Crimsworth Walshaw Loop

 

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Inspiring views across Hardcastle Crags with Stoodley Pike peeping out on far horizon

 

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Late afternoon sunshine turning the hilltop meadows luminous green

 

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Above Hardcastle Crags near Walshaw

 

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Moorland meadow with reeds bursting through the grass above Crimsworth Dean – accompanied by a chorus of curlews

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 June 2016

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Goldfinch feeding on a thistle in Crimsworth Dean

 

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There seem to be a growing number of goldfinches in Crimsworth Dean – spotted regularly but difficult to photograph because they are usually flitting about at speed

 

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Hay meadows at Pecket Well earlier this month

 

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Elmet Farmhouse hay meadow in the foreground, Pecket Well War Memorial in the centre amongst the trees

 

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Sorrel, buttercups and grasses in hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 June 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse high cholesterol hay meadows full of butter(cups)

 

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These photos were taken from our top field on 5 June when the fields when the wild flowers were at their peak

 

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The mixture of red sorrel and yellow buttercups creates a dichroic effect

 

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Later this summer the meadow will be cut for hay to be used as winter feed for the cattle at Horse Hey Farm in Crimsworth Dean just along the road.

 

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Useful and beautiful – William Morris would approve.

 

© Photos copyright Elmet Farmhouse

 

26 June 2016

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Views from Elmet Farmhouse at 9.30pm last night…

 

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River of mist in the Calder Valley after a heavy shower

 

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The swathes of mist are constantly shifting…

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…as the trail of mist flows into Hebden Dale and Hardcastle Crags

 

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It looks like smoke but it’s water vapour trapped in the steep-sided valleys

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 June 2016

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Highlights from the Crimsworth Walshaw loop – my favourite walk

 

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Hardcastle Crags in the foreground, Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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Late afternoon sunshine over Hardcastle Crags…

 

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… very different to early morning light

 

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Roller coaster view across Harcastle Crags, with Slack Heptonstall on the brow and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 June 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse with its cottage garden in full bloom

 

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Just look at that amazing peony!

 

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How many holiday cottages have such a pretty garden to sit out in?

 

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And beyond the garden wall is our beautiful hay meadow…

 

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… which is at its peak of perfection in June

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 June 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse – perched on the brow of the hill…

 

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…  surrounded by hay meadows

 

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Why not beat a path to our door?

 

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Lilac and laburnum trees on either side of the gate

 

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Elmet Farmhouse with its beautifully preserved 18th century stone mullion windows. The adjacent barn, dated 1861, is also Grade II Listed.

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

22 June 2016

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Views from Elmet Farmhouse with hay meadow in the foreground and Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial viewed from Elmet Farmhouse, with meadows full of buttercups and the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags beyond

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 June 2016

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The steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags snaking through the Pennines…

 

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… with hay meadows and lush pasture on the shoulders of the hills

 

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Higher up on the hills, the pasture turns to moorland…

 

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… and the terrain becomes much more wild and rugged…

 

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Tussocky grass and fluffy bog cotton up on Walshaw Moor

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 June 2016

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Midsummer at Walshaw Dean.. Has it been snowing?!

 

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Thankfully not – this dusting of white is bog cotton up on the moor

 

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The conditions must have been particularly good this spring as the bog cotton is looking spectacular

 

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It almost looks as though it could be harvested

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Later in the summer the moors will turn purple as the heather comes into flower 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 June 2016

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Sandpiper at Walshaw Dean reservoir

 

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The famous rhododendrons at Walshaw Dean…

 

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… Late flowering because of the high altitude up on Walshaw Moor

 

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An unexpected surprise in this landscape…

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…And a tad surreal

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 June 2016

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Lapwing at Walshaw Dean showing its impressive crest

 

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Beak open – emitting comical noises like a kazoo

 

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Lapwing enclave near the lower reservoir at Walshaw Dean

 

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June is the best time to see lapwings as they are rearing their chicks on the moors

 

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© Photos copyright Ian Fishwick and Lesley Jackson

 

17 June 2016

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Crimsworth Dean – vibrant spring colours

 

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Path through the bracken towards Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Towering bracken in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean with Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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A sea of bracken in Crimsworth Dean

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 June 2016

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Goldfinch in Pecket Well

 

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Fledgling treecreeper chirruping in the woods in Crimsworth Dean..

 

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Clinging on to the bark and climbing up the tree

 

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Meadow pipit in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Pair of thrushes in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 June 2016

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Golden plovers among the bog cotton up on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well, a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Here’s one little chick captured mid-peep

 

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They’re not called Golden Plovers for nothing…

 

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…their plumage is iridescent greenish gold

 

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Catch them while you can – once they’ve finished rearing their chicks, they’ll up sticks and be gone

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 June 2016

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In praise of golden plovers…

 

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Peeping among the bilberries…

 

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And the tufts of bog cotton

 

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In the early morning sunshine…

 

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Up on Wadsworth Moor

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 June 2016

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Finally managed to capture one of numerous curlews in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Although they’re all-pervasive, they’re also elusive

 

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But this one was in a prime position on the horizon with blue sky behind

 

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The early morning light was perfect for capturing the detail

 

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Admire the curvature of that amazing beak – and the beauty of those canoodling cries

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 June 2016

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Lumbutts on a hazy spring morning

 

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Steep-roofed chapel in the foreground, curious tower in the background that once housed five waterwheels

 

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Lumbutts on the left and Mankinholes on right, separated by strips of fields

 

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The ancient village of Mankinholes, perched on the hill above Todmorden, nestling below Stoodley Pike

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 June 2016

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Climbing up to Stoodley Pike from Hebden Bridge

 

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An impressive row of narrow strip fields enclosed by dry stone walls

 

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Bog cotton thrives up on the moors

 

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Looking down towards Mankinholes and Lumbutts from near Stoodley Pike

 

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Hay meadow brimming with buttercups, flanked by rough moorland and grazed fields

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 June 2016

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Abel Cross – a pair of imposing coffin stones above Crimsworth Dean

 

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As featured in a photograph by Fay Godwin and a poem by Ted Hughes in Remains of Elmet

 

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Crimsworth Dean on a sunny spring afternoon

 

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Bemused sheep encircled by a trio of fledglings

 

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Fields dotted with grazing at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 June 2016

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All change in Crimsworth…

 

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In May the woods were carpeted with blue…

 

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Now the hills are showered with gold 

 

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And curlews circle watchfully overhead

 

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Study in green and gold

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 June 2016

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Akroyd Farm in Pecket Well, an ancient dwelling encircled by buttercup meadows

 

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Fieldscape at Pecket Well with scattered handloom weavers’ cottages and farms

 

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View across Hardcastle Crags towards Stoodley Pike from Walshaw

 

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Swerving off into Crimsworth Dean from Hardcastle Crags

 

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Crimsworth Dean – the ‘secret valley’ as we call it, or ‘happy valley’ as it was known by Ted Hughes 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 June 2016

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Fields fringed with lacy white cow parsley

 

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Vivid green grass on the hilltop meadows… 

 

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…provides the perfect backdrop

 

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An avenue of cow parsley near Walshaw above Hardcastle Crags

 

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Contented ewes and lambs grazing on the high meadows above Hardcastle Crags, with Slack Top on the opposite hilltop and Stoodley Pike beyond

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 June 2016

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Pastoral idyll on ‘the tops’ above Hardcastle Crags 

 

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Sheep grazing on the shoulders of the hills…

 

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…above the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Hilltop meadows tinged with yellow as the buttercups erupt

 

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The omnipresent Stoodley Pike thrusting up above the high meadows beyond Hardcastle Crags

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 June 2016

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Golden hay meadows in Crimsworth Dean brimming with buttercups

 

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Sheep grazing on the high meadows above Crimsworth Dean, with Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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A chunky sheep, a rugged wall, pale tussocky moorland grass

 

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The lush woodlands of Hardcastle Crags in all their spring finery

 

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Walshaw Lodge overlooking Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 June 2016

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Stoodley Pike  cresting the hill above Mankinholes

 

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Buttercup-rich wild flower meadows on the tops near Lumbutts

 

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Yorkshire alpine meadow

 

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Fields of gold above Todmorden

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 June 2016

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Views from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well near Hebden Bridge on a perfect spring morning with the meadow in full bloom

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 June 2016

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Doe, a deer…

 

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… a female deer

 

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Circling her new-born kid in the field next to Elmet Farmhouse (see 1 June entry below )

 

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Protecting her offspring from predators…

 

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… and besotted nosey parkers, such as us!

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

1 June 2016

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Springwatch at Elmet! This beautiful roe deer…

 

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… gave birth to this tiny little kid in our field last week

 

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Mother and child doing well – here’s the kid having a feed

 

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And this is where it all happened – in the long grass of our hay meadow – with the backdrop of Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike. You can see just see the hind in the field on the lower right….

 

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And here she is leaping through the buttercups and sorrel, circling round protectively while her kid is curled up in the grass

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

Photo Journal – May 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!                        (Lesley Jackson)

 

31 May 2016

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The last hurrah for the bluebells in Hardcastle Crags

 

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One of the most extensive bluebell woods in England

 

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Spectacular as ever this year

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A round of applause, please! 

 

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Book early at Elmet Farmhouse for more of the same next year!

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

30 May 2016

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Bluebells in full flower in Hardcastle Crags

 

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They colonise every surface…

 

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… from mossy rocks

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… and sylvan groves

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… to woodland glades

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 May 2016

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A spectacular display of bluebells on the lesser-known upper slopes of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Tender new oak leaves

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 May 2016

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Table Rock – woodland vantage point hidden away in Hardcastle Crags

 

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View from Table Rock

 

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More bluebell woods hidden away in the recesses of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Seek and ye shall find…

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 May 2016

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Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags – a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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26 May 2016

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Reflections in the dam near Gibson Mill at Hardcastle Crags

 

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Same old, same old… bluebell infinity in Hardcastle Crags

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25 May 2016

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Young stag with petite antlers full of the joys of spring in Crimsworth Dean

 

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The verdant slopes of Shackleton Hill in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Glimpse of bluebells through the trees above the dam near Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags

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24 May 2016

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Heavenly scenes in the bluebell woods of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Bluebells and ramsons (wild garlic) in perfect harmony

 

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Purest blue and purest green

 

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23 May 2016

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Bluebell meadow in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Bluebell woods in Crimsworth Dean