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


Larch tree overhanging Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags



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


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



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





© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


30 October 2016


Hardcastle Crags resplendent in its autumn attire



The colours are intoxicating



The camera doesn’t really do them justice



Hebden Water running through Hardcastle Crags


Dazzling late October spectacle down in Hardcastle Crags


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


29 October 2016


Autumn kaleidoscope in Pecket Well Clough



Just a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse in Pecket Well



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



Beech trees in Pecket Well Clough



The fallen beech leaves create a vibrant carpet 


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


28 October 2016


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



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



Heptonstall from Pecket Well



A river of trees at Midegehole…



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

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


27 October 2016


Cracking colours in Crimsworth



Bucolic bliss in Crimsworth Dean



Lunchtime at the Crimsworth milk bar 



Packhorse track up through Pecket Well Clough…


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


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


26 October 2016


Old Town Mill chimney poking out over trees above Hardcastle Crags


Light catching the trees at Spring Wood, Hardcastle Crags



Autumn palette in Crimsworth Dean





© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


25 October 2016


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



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



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



A melange of russet and green in Crimsworth Dean



View along Crimsworth Dean towards Heptonstall


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


24 October 2016


Autumn glory in Crimsworth Dean


Crimsworth Dean woods captured at the peak of perfection


A particularly beautiful oak tree in Crimsworth Dean



Climbing up Kitling Clough to Pecket Well



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


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


23 October 2016


A familiar view but subtly different with every passing cloud



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



View across Hardcastle Crags from Shackleton Hill


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



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


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


22 October 2016


Sheep on the hills at Walshaw



Blake Dean looking pretty as a picture


Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw


Graveyard at Slack Top with Stoodley Pike on the far horizon



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


Dazzling autumn colours closer to home in Crimsworth Dean…



… our very own unofficial ‘National Park’



Autumn has come late but it was worth waiting for 



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



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


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


20 October 2016


Bolton Abbey in the gloaming



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



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



Autumn colours on the Wharfe



Last glimpse of Bolton Abbey


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


19 October 2016


Never underestimate the power of water



The Strid looking decidedly malevolent



Here it is again being forced into the invisible 



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



River Wharfe running through Strid Wood


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


18 October 2016


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



The water surges through a narrow channel in the rocks…



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


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



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


River Wharfe upstream of Bolton Abbey



What could be more pleasant on an October afternoon…



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



The river itself is a sight to behold…



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


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


16 October 2016


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



Strolling by the River Wharfe on a tranquil autumn afternoon



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



On top of the castellated Barden Bridge


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


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


15 October 2016


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



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



Moss-covered rocks on the banks of the Strid



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



River Wharfe in a more tranquil state further downstream


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


14 October 2016


Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale – a famous beauty spot



The romantic roofless ruin epitomises the picturesque



Gothic arched windows and remnants of tracery



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



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



A sombre but soft-edged morning in Luddenden Dean



Cool mist hanging like a heat haze



Footpaths created by Luddenden sheep


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick



12 October 2016


A statuesque cow in Crimsworth Dean



The beech trees morphing from green to gold to russet



Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness



Keats was spot on



Decidous oak, beech and sycamore mixed with evergreen Scots pine


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


11 October 2016


Crimsworth Dean burnished with gold



The colours are intensifying every day



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



who needs fireworks with a spectacular display like this?



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

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


10 October 2016



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



Is it a long-necked labradoodle or a llama?



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



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



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


View from Elmet Farmhouse near Hebden Bridge at 10.10 am



Every day brings subtle changes to the palette of the landscape



The woods have taken on browner hues



Crimsworth Dean War Memorial across the fields from Elmet Farmhouse



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


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson



8 October 2016


View from Blackshaw Head… 




…across Jumble Hole Clough


There’s no escape from Stoodley Pike!



The natives are friendly…



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


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick


7 October 2016


Dam in Crimsworth Dean looking decidedly end of season



Crimsworth Dean Beck half way up the valley



All the plants are on the turn…



… in a good way



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


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


6 October 2016


Threatening sky in Crimsworth Dean



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




The short-lived bracken is giving up the ghost



And the leaves on the trees are finally turning golden




© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


5 October 2016


Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean



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



View along Crimsworth Dean Beck from Lumb Falls…



… I’m happy just to look!



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


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


4 October 2016


View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well…



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



The awe-inspiring monument of Stoodley Pike…



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



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


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


3 October 2016


Stoodley Pike – ready for lift off!



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



The Crimsworth – Walshaw Loop – a perennial favourite of mine



The walk starts and finishes here in Crimsworth Dean



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


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


2 October 2016


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



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



Stoodley Pike on the far horizon, distant but ever present



Looking down over Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw



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

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson


1 October 2016


Early autumn colours at Blake Dean, Hardcastle Crags



Bracken and trees on the turn at Blake Dean



Autumn is rather late this year …



…after a mild September



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


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Elmet hits the headlines – again!



Feature on Elmet Farmhouse, Hebden Bridge and Calderdale in the Manchester Evening News (Saturday 3 September 2016)


“The journey to our accommodation in Pecket Well, just up the hill from Hebden Bridge, is slow, in a good way that allows you to lap up the increasing amounts of green filling your windscreen and feel the stresses of city life slipping away.

We are the guests of Lesley Jackson, proud owner of Elmet Farmhouse, who offers up her truly stunning accommodation for the weekend. A converted farmhouse, it boasts breathtaking views across the valley towards Stoodley Pike…

 The interior of the property is remarkable. There is space for six people, spread across three large rooms with a massive, modern brightly coloured kitchen and a large cosy living room with wood-burner and an eclectic collection of furniture and ornaments. My wife spent half the time jotting down ideas to mimic in our own humble abode…

Wehave dinner at the homely robin Hood Inn, across the road. I enjoyed one of the best lamb casseroles I’ve ever had, while my wife loved her herb pudding with spinach, cherry tomato and mozzarella…”

To read the full article, please click here

Whoosh! Castle Carr Fountain

Castle Carr Fountain

Castle Carr is a private estate in Luddenden Dean which is opened up to the public several times of year. The principal attraction is the magnificent fountain in the ornamental water gardens, developed in the grounds of Castle Carr during the early 1870s. Funded by Halifax Water Corporation as compensation for building the nearby reservoirs, the water garden was designed by Halifax architect John Hogg, who also contributed to the design of the Castle Carr mansion. 

The single jet fountain is in the centre of a circular pool, known as the Compensation Basin, surrounded by rhododendrons and woods. Gravity fed with over 60 metres of fall from a huge tank above Deep Clough Farm, the force of the water is so powerful that the fountain can reach heights of over 100ft, second only to the fountain at Chatsworth in Derbyshire.

These photos show the fountain in action on a sunny summer afternoon on Sunday 3 July 2016. A huge crowd gathered to watch the spectacle at 2pm in a charity event organised by Halifax Rotary Club. Following the countdown to the switch-on, the fountain shoots up extremely quickly, rising higher and higher above the trees. The spray is cast far and wide in the wind, creating rainbow effects as it catches the light. 

Originally there were four other fountains at the corners of the pool, but these no longer function as the cast iron pipes that supplied them with water were damaged by flooding in 1989.  Thankfully the main fountain is still in good working order and this year’s display was as spectacular as ever.


The Ruins of Castle Carr


En route to the fountain are the atmospheric ruins of Castle Carr, a huge Victorian mansion constructed in a prominent position towards the top of Luddenden Dean. Designed by Thomas Risley, it was built for Captain Joseph Priestly Edwards between 1859 and 1867 , but demolished just over a century later. Edwards himself never actually inhabited Castle Carr as he and his eldest son were killed in a railway accident before the house was finished. The building was completed during the early 1870s by his younger son Lea Priestley Edwards, with later additions by Halifax architect John Hogg, who also developed the water gardens.

Although Lea Priestley Edwards lived at Castle Carr from 1875-6, its vast scale and damp location made the house impractical as a permanent residence, although it was later used as a hunting lodge. Latterly owned by the Murgatroyds, the wealthy textile family who built the Oats Royd Mill complex lower down the Luddenden valley, Castle Carr was used for parties during the 1930s but fell into disrepair during the Second World War. Following the sale of the estate in 1961, most  of the house was demolished and the building materials auctioned.

The only section of the building still standing (albeit precariously) is the portcullis entrance tower, originally the main gateway to a large courtyard around which the house was built. Part of the kitchen block also remains and the vaulted ovens are still visible in the foundations. Lower down the valley are the castellated lodge houses bridging the lane. Whereas the rest of the estate is only accessible a few days each year when the fountain is in operation, the lodges can be viewed from a public track. 


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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

Delve into the Dales

Malham Cove and Gordale Scar

Above: Malham Cove and limestone pavements in Yorkshire Dales National Park

Set in stunning countryside on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Elmet Farmhouse is a great place for outdoor activities all year round. So if it’s walking, cycling or horse-riding you’re into – or if you simply want to experience the spectacular scenery and wildlife that Yorkshire has to offer – Elmet Farmhouse provides the perfect ‘base camp’.


Above: Gordale Scar



Above: Heather moorland and rocky outcrops at Simon’s Seat above Wharfedale


Above: River Wharfe, near the Strid   



Above: Swaledale, near Muker


Upper Calder Valley – Dales on the Doorstep

The Upper Calder Valley – the hills and dales surrounding Elmet Farmhouse – offer infinite variety. Step out of the door, and this is what you’ll find.


Left: Blake Dean and Hardcastle Crags.  Right: Reservoir above Luddenden Dean

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Left: Crimsworth Dean and Old Town.   Right: Reservoir, Luddenden Dean

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Left: Heather above Luddenden Dean.   Right: Stoodley Pike and Calder Valley

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Left: Crimsworth Dean in spring.   Centre: Lumb Falls.   Right: Crimsworth Dean in autumn

© Photos copyright Ian Fishwick and Lesley Jackson

A whiter shade of pale

A whiter shade of pale – Crimsworth Walshaw Loop in winter


A horsehoe-shaped walk from Crimsworth Dean over the moor to Walshaw, then looping back on a high track above Hardcastle Crags to Crimsworth. Perfect clear frosty morning on 23 February 2016 between 7.30 and 9.30 am.


© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle – along with Leeds Art Gallery and The Hepworth in Wakefield – the award-winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a fantastic indoor-outdoor venue for exhibitions of modern sculpture. Major exhibitions are held in the museum’s striking hillside galleries and on the surrounding landscaped estate at Bretton Hall. The nearby chapel provides another stunning venue and large-scale works by Henry Moore sculptures are also displayed in the open countryside in the adjoining country park. Museum of the Year for 2014, YSP is an excellent place to visit for both adults and kids.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG

Tel. 01924 832631

Parcevall Hall Gardens

Parcevall Hall Gardens

A renowned plantsman’s garden located at the heart of Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Located at the head of a small valley, there are 24 acres of formal and woodland gardens which rise up the hillside for 200 feet giving wonderful views in every direction. The gardens were laid out by the late Sir William Milner from 1927 onwards, and are planted with specimens from around the world, many collected from Western China and the Himalayas. The gardens have many different facets, including woodland walks, formal south facing terraces, a bedrock limestone rock garden and a beautiful rose garden, all set against the stunning back-drop of the Yorkshire Dales.

Parcevall Hall Gardens, Skyreholme, Skipton BD23 6DE

Tel. 01756 720311

Open daily from April – October, 10am – 6pm

© Photos copyright Ian Fishwick

Striding up Stoodley Pike

Stoodley Pike and the mysterious mists of Mankinholes



Stoodley Pike is such a prominent landmark in the Upper Calder Valley that it deserves special attention. Perched on the hilltop at 1300ft (400 metres) half way between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, it is visible throughout the area and can be clearly seen on the horizon from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well. A huge stone obelisk measuring 121 ft, it sits on a ridge  at Langfield Common on the route of the Pennine Way.

Built to commemorate the end of the Napoleonic Wars,  Stoodley Pike was initially erected in 1815 following Wellington’s triumph over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. The original monument collapsed in 1854 after being struck by lightning, but it was rebuilt two years later by public subscription to designs by a local architect called James Green. A lightning conductor was added in 1889.

By strange coincidence, the day the original monument collapsed in 1854 coincided with the outbreak of the Crimean War and it was after peace was restored in 1856 that Stoodley Pike was rebuilt. Its significance as a symbol of peace was later highlighted by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, who painted a large CND logo on the monument during the 1970s. Although subsequently removed, vestiges of this symbol can still be seen close up.

The above sequence of photos records an early morning walk from Mankinholes to Stoodley Pike on 18 February 2016. At 8 am it was cold and sunny with a heavy frost. An hour later, swathes of mist appeared on the hills above Todmorden, clinging to Langfield Common near the neighbouring village of Lumbutts.


© Text and photographs copyright Lesley Jackson


Tibor Reich at The Whitworth

Tibor Fabrics – as featured in Elmet Farmhouse

Tibor Reich exhibition at The Whitworth in Manchester

29 January – August 2016

A retrospective celebrating the centenary of Tibor Reich, a pioneering post-war textile designer, who brought modernity into British textiles.

Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1916, Reich studied architecture and textiles in Vienna before moving to Britain in 1937. In 1946 he set up Tibor Ltd, introducing bright new colours and textures into the drab interiors of post-war Britain.

The firm rapidly gained an international reputation working on commissions for the Festival of Britain, Expo ‘58 and Concorde.

The exhibition explores the ideas behind his innovative textiles, photography, ceramics and drawings.

The Whitworth,
The University of Manchester,
Oxford Road,
M15 6ER