Bluebell Bonanza

Bluebell Bonanza

May is a fabulous time of year in this neck of the woods because they’re awash with bluebells. This year’s display was short but very sweet, because of the hot weather. These photos were taken in mid May in the two beautiful wooded valleys of Hardcastle Crags and Crimsworth Dean  just a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse. 

May 2017 

 

Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Photos of the Month 2017

Elmet Farmhouse Photos of the Month: 2017

A hand-picked selection of recent photos featuring views from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge and snapshots of the surrounding countryside in and around the Upper Calder Valley

May 2017

One subjects dominates this month… bluebells

 

An aurora borealis of bluebells in Hardcastle Crags

 

Close up and personal with the bluebells and stitchwort in Hardcastle Crags

 

Bluebells carpeting the earth beneath the trees in Hardcastle Crags

 

Newly-unfurled beech leaves overhanging Hebden Water in the woodland paradise of Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

April 2017

Lamb piggy back in Crimsworth Dean

 

Number 1: new-born lamb in Crimsworth Dean

 

Early spring sunshine in Crimsworth Dean

 

Ramsons (aka wild garlic) in the woods in Crimsworth Dean

 

A river of ramsons rampaging down the steep slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

March 2017

Mill chimney in Colden Clough near Heptonstall

 

Evocative remains from a huge complex of mills in the woods near Lumb Bank in Colden Clough

 

Elmet Farmhouse in the spring sunshine with a dazzling display of daffodils

 

View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well, looking towards Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike

 

The handsome stone mullion windows of 18th century Elmet Farmhouse, with forsythia and daffodils in the garden

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

February 2017

River of Mist in Hardcastle Crags below Elmet Farmhouse with Stoodley Pike on the  horizon

Mist clearing in Pecket Well Clough below Elmet Farmhouse

 

Expectant sheep at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

Heron nest-building in the treetops above Hardcastle Crags

 

Early morning above Colden Clough near Heptonstall

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

January 2017

Stoodley Pike from bridleway above Horsehold, near Hebden Bridge

 

View from Pecket Well towards Heptonstall

 

View along Crimsworth Dean towards Stoodley Pike

 

Sheep in the bracken in Crimsworth Dean

 

Walshaw Lodge above Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

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. Yorkshire at its finest. Enjoy!

 

31 January 2017

Walshaw Lodge above Hardcastle Crags – the last image in my Five A Day Photo Journal covering the last 12 months, starting on 1 February 2016

 

 

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

Autumn Glory

 

Autumn Glory

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

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

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

 

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© Text and photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Photo Journal – November 2016

Have you had your Five a Day?

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

 

30 November 2016

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View from Crimsworth Dean at 8.30 am 

 

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Stoodley Pike in the distance, sunrise on the frosty hills 

 

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Sheep with their winter woollies in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Early morning sunshine on the frosty slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Sun rising over Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 November 2016

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Crimsworth Dean clad in its winter attire at 8.20 am

 

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Now that’s what I call a hard frost!

 

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Iced bracken in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Ice-coated catoneaster at Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Even the Crimsworth cows have turned to ice!

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 November 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 5.10pm

 

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Another spectacular pinky-orange sunset

 

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Heptonstall Church on the hilltop opposite Pecket Well

 

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Perfect end to a beautiful day

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

27 November 2016

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More highlights from yesterday morning’s River of Mist…

 

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

 

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The mist is gradually thinning and dispersing…

 

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

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

26 November 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 8.50 am… 

 

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A heavy frost and a sea of mist…

 

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Heptonstall floating in mid air…

 

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And Stoodley Pike hovering in the heavens

 

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An astonishing sight to wake up to

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 November 2016

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Another serene sunset at Elmet Farmhouse…

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Heptonstall, Hardcastle Crags and Stoodley Pike at 2.50 pm…

 

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…suffused by a pinky-orange radiance

 

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Late afternoon sunshine casting long shadows…

 

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… and bathing the hills

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 November 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well…

 

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…on a serene November afternoon

 

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Stoodley Pike perched on the rolling Pennine hills

 

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Heptonstall church silhouetted on the horizon

 

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Not a bad panorama for a winter’s day

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 November 2016

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Kitling Bridge at the top of Kitling Clough below Pecket Well

 

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

 

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Looking down the steep stone paved packhorse track to Kitling Bridge

 

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 November 2016

 

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

 

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A rather amazing contrast of colours…

 

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… as winter overtakes autumn

 

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Shimmering pinky gold beech leaves in Crimsworth Dean

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 November 2016

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Highland cattle in Pecket Well

 

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

 

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Pecket Well in the snow….

 

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Looking towards Oxenhope Moor from Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well

 

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Sunset at Stoodley Pike

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 November 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 4pm

 

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Elmet Farmhouse bathed in pink late afternoon sunshine

 

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A still afternoon and a beautiful sunset

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Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall church silhouetted against the pink sky

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 November 2016

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Wintry view from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well

 

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The black obelisk of Stoodley Pike towering over the snowy landscape

 

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The tower of Heptonstall Church also standing out against the snow 

 

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A cold day with alternating snow and rain…

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 November 2016

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

 

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Overnight snow, followed by another deluge in the morning 

 

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

 

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Elmet Farmhouse looking pretty as a picture in the snow

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 November 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 9 am in the morning

 

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Compare and contrast with the photos from late yesterday afternoon

 

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Because the sun is shining from the opposite direction…

 

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It illuminates the landscape in a completely different way

 

 

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Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike in a soft pinky-orange glow

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

16 November 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 15.50 pm

 

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Heptonstall illuminated by shafts of late afternoon sunshine

 

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The light changes every minute…

 

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Shafts of sun radiating through the clouds on Heptonstall

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 November 2016

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Heron in Hardcastle Crags…

 

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… doing a spot of breakfast fishing

 

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

 

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I see herons here regularly on my early morning walks

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 November 2016

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Crimsworth Dean

 

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Picturesque railings near the main dam in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Dam through beech leaves

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck from hillside above

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 November 2016

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Mill dam in Crimsworth Dean…

 

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… with dazzling autumn foliage

 

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

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck running through the woods near Midgehole

 

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

 

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

12 November 2016

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A few spots of rain won’t dampen our spirits

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The woods in Crimsworth…

 

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…are still alive with colour

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And Crimsworth Dean Beck has lost none of its vivacity

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

11 November 2016

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The next day we step back from winter to autumn again

 

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

 

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And the autumnal hues in Crimsworth Dean are undiminished

 

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Mill dam strewn with beech leaves in Crimsworth Dean

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

 

10 November 2016

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

 

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… powdering the slopes of Stoodley Pike…

 

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…and dusting the hills near Pecket Well

 

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Here today, gone tomorrow

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But we were all caught somewhat unawares

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 November 2016

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

 

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A picturesque spot in a rugged landscape

 

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Part of the National Trust estate of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Bracken at Blake Dean

 

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Where the bracken meets the woods near Blake Dean

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 November 2016

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Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags

 

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Gibson Mill…

 

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… from across the dam and the river

 

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Footpath at Hardcastle Crags covered with beech leaves

 

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Hebden Water near Gibson Mill at Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 November 2016

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Rowan berries…

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…near Blake Dean

 

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… at Hardcastle Crags

 

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

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 November 2016

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Bracken ablaze at Blake Dean in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Autumn glory at Blake Dean

 

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Graining Water at Blake Dean

 

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Beech tree at Hardcastle Crags

 

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 November 2016

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

 

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Bonfire night in Hardcastle Crags…

 

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Who needs fireworks with a display like this?

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 November 2016

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Hardcastle Crags ablaze!

 

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

 

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Oak leaves on the turn

 

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Beech trees spilling over Hebden Water

 

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Fern-decked cliffs by the river in Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 November 2016

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Autumn glory in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Hold on to these vibrant colours…

 

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…They’ll keep you warm during the winter months

 

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Hebden Water upstream of Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 November 2016

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Hebden Water in the National Trust estate of Hardcastle Crags

 

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The autumn colours in Hardcastle Crags have been intoxicating this year

 

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I just can’t get enough!

 

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A small weir on Hebden Water upstream from Gibson Mill

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 November 2016

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It’s fungi season down in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Mycologists of the world unite!

 

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

 

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Ascent to Clough Hole from Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags

 

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Photo Journal – October 2016

Have you had your Five a Day?

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

 

31 October 2016

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Larch tree overhanging Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags

 

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

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

 

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

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

30 October 2016

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Hardcastle Crags resplendent in its autumn attire

 

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The colours are intoxicating

 

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The camera doesn’t really do them justice

 

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Hebden Water running through Hardcastle Crags

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Dazzling late October spectacle down in Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 October 2016

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Autumn kaleidoscope in Pecket Well Clough

 

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Just a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse in Pecket Well

 

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

 

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Beech trees in Pecket Well Clough

 

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The fallen beech leaves create a vibrant carpet 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 October 2016

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

 

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

 

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Heptonstall from Pecket Well

 

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A river of trees at Midegehole…

 

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

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 October 2016

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Cracking colours in Crimsworth

 

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Bucolic bliss in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Lunchtime at the Crimsworth milk bar 

 

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Packhorse track up through Pecket Well Clough…

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 October 2016

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Old Town Mill chimney poking out over trees above Hardcastle Crags

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Light catching the trees at Spring Wood, Hardcastle Crags

 

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Autumn palette in Crimsworth Dean

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 October 2016

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

 

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

 

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

 

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A melange of russet and green in Crimsworth Dean

 

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View along Crimsworth Dean towards Heptonstall

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 October 2016

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Autumn glory in Crimsworth Dean

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Crimsworth Dean woods captured at the peak of perfection

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A particularly beautiful oak tree in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Climbing up Kitling Clough to Pecket Well

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 October 2016

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A familiar view but subtly different with every passing cloud

 

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

 

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View across Hardcastle Crags from Shackleton Hill

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 October 2016

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Sheep on the hills at Walshaw

 

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Blake Dean looking pretty as a picture

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Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw

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Graveyard at Slack Top with Stoodley Pike on the far horizon

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 October 2016

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Dazzling autumn colours closer to home in Crimsworth Dean…

 

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… our very own unofficial ‘National Park’

 

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Autumn has come late but it was worth waiting for 

 

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 October 2016

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Bolton Abbey in the gloaming

 

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

 

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

 

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Autumn colours on the Wharfe

 

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Last glimpse of Bolton Abbey

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 October 2016

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Never underestimate the power of water

 

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The Strid looking decidedly malevolent

 

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Here it is again being forced into the invisible 

 

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

 

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River Wharfe running through Strid Wood

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 October 2016

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

 

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The water surges through a narrow channel in the rocks…

 

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

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 October 2016

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River Wharfe upstream of Bolton Abbey

 

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What could be more pleasant on an October afternoon…

 

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

 

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The river itself is a sight to behold…

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 October 2016

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

 

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Strolling by the River Wharfe on a tranquil autumn afternoon

 

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

 

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On top of the castellated Barden Bridge

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 October 2016

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

 

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

 

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Moss-covered rocks on the banks of the Strid

 

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

 

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River Wharfe in a more tranquil state further downstream

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 October 2016

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Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale – a famous beauty spot

 

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The romantic roofless ruin epitomises the picturesque

 

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Gothic arched windows and remnants of tracery

 

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

 

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Autumn trees in Wharfedale

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 October 2016

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

 

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A sombre but soft-edged morning in Luddenden Dean

 

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Cool mist hanging like a heat haze

 

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Footpaths created by Luddenden sheep

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

 

12 October 2016

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A statuesque cow in Crimsworth Dean

 

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The beech trees morphing from green to gold to russet

 

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

 

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Keats was spot on

 

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Decidous oak, beech and sycamore mixed with evergreen Scots pine

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 October 2016

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Crimsworth Dean burnished with gold

 

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The colours are intensifying every day

 

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

 

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who needs fireworks with a spectacular display like this?

 

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

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 October 2016

 

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

 

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Is it a long-necked labradoodle or a llama?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

9 October 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse near Hebden Bridge at 10.10 am

 

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Every day brings subtle changes to the palette of the landscape

 

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The woods have taken on browner hues

 

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Crimsworth Dean War Memorial across the fields from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

8 October 2016

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View from Blackshaw Head… 

 

 

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…across Jumble Hole Clough

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There’s no escape from Stoodley Pike!

 

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The natives are friendly…

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

7 October 2016

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Dam in Crimsworth Dean looking decidedly end of season

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck half way up the valley

 

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All the plants are on the turn…

 

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… in a good way

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 October 2016

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Threatening sky in Crimsworth Dean

 

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

 

 

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The short-lived bracken is giving up the ghost

 

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And the leaves on the trees are finally turning golden

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 October 2016

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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

 

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View along Crimsworth Dean Beck from Lumb Falls…

 

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… I’m happy just to look!

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 October 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well…

 

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

 

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The awe-inspiring monument of Stoodley Pike…

 

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 October 2016

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Stoodley Pike – ready for lift off!

 

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

 

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The Crimsworth – Walshaw Loop – a perennial favourite of mine

 

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The walk starts and finishes here in Crimsworth Dean

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 October 2016

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

 

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

 

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Stoodley Pike on the far horizon, distant but ever present

 

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Looking down over Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw

 

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

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 October 2016

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Early autumn colours at Blake Dean, Hardcastle Crags

 

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Bracken and trees on the turn at Blake Dean

 

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Autumn is rather late this year …

 

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…after a mild September

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

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

Purple Haze

“I have fled my country and gone to the heather.” 

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë was right. August is the time to head to the hills and immerse yourself in the glorious heather moorlands. Because the hillsides of the Upper Calder Valley are so steep, the carpet of heather on the plateau-like uplands is barely visible from down in the dales. It’s only when you venture up onto ‘the tops’ beyond the hay meadows on the shoulders of the hills that you encounter the purple haze.

Last year the heather was late and didn’t come into the full bloom until mid August. But this year it’s early and has already come into flower by the end of July. As with the bilberries, it looks as though it’s a bumper year.

Good spots for heather walks are Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well, Midgley Moor above Luddenden Dean, Heptonstall Moor above Colden, Walshaw Dean above Hardcastle Crags, and Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir. On a hot summer’s day with the sweet scent of the heather and the bees buzzing all around as they gather the nectar for honey, it’s an intoxicating sensory experience and a visual spectacle not to be missed.

High Waving Heather
Emily Brontë

High waving heather, ‘neath stormy blasts bending,
Midnight and moonlight and bright shining stars;
Darkness and glory rejoicingly blending,
Earth rising to heaven and heaven descending,
Man’s spirit away from its drear dongeon sending,
Bursting the fetters and breaking the bars.

All down the mountain sides, wild forest lending
One mighty voice to the life-giving wind;
Rivers their banks in the jubilee rending,
Fast through the valleys a reckless course wending,
Wider and deeper their waters extending,
Leaving a desolate desert behind.

Shining and lowering and swelling and dying,
Changing for ever from midnight to noon;
Roaring like thunder, like soft music sighing,
Shadows on shadows advancing and flying,
Lightning-bright flashes the deep gloom defying,
Coming as swiftly and fading as soon.

13 December 1836

 

© 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