Deer oh Deer!

Deer oh Deer!

 

This beautiful roe deer…

 

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… gave birth to this tiny kid in our hay meadow last week (June 2016)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Roe Deer

Roe deer are regularly spotted in the wooded valleys around Hebden Bridge, especially early in the morning, sometimes venturing into the hilltop meadows or up onto the moors. The stags have small antlers and, when alarmed, they make a loud barking noise that echoes for miles around. These photographs were taken in Crimsworth Dean and Hardcastle Crags.

 

 

Getting down with the kids!

 

As if 2016 wasn’t good enough on the roe deer front, this year at Elmet Farmhouse we have been blessed with twins. Presumably it’s the same hind who has returned, or possibly her grown-up kid from last year. Either way, she clearly feels at home in the hay meadows at Elmet Farmhouse as she has chosen to come back and establish her nursery here again.

We spotted the twins in early June among the long grass with their mother but at that stage they were hard to see. It wasn’t until the hay  was cut in mid July that we were able to get some photographs. These images were taken by Ian in the late evening sunshine at the bottom of the field near our newly-planted trees.

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

Bluebell Bonanza

Bluebell Bonanza

May is a fabulous time of year in the valleys around Hebden Bridge because the woods are awash with bluebells. This year’s display was particularly intense because of the hot spring weather. These photos were taken in May in the beautiful wooded dales of Hardcastle Crags and Crimsworth Dean, both  just a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse. 

 

Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Photo Journal – June 2016

Have you had your Five a Day?

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

 

30 June 2016

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View towards Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw Moor above Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean, near Pecket Well

 

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Walking in the footsteps of Ted Hughes…

 

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… who roamed this valley as a child

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 June 2016

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

 

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

 

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Late afternoon sunshine turning the hilltop meadows luminous green

 

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Above Hardcastle Crags near Walshaw

 

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

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 June 2016

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Goldfinch feeding on a thistle in Crimsworth Dean

 

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

 

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Hay meadows at Pecket Well earlier this month

 

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

 

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Sorrel, buttercups and grasses in hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 June 2016

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Useful and beautiful – William Morris would approve.

 

© Photos copyright Elmet Farmhouse

 

26 June 2016

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Views from Elmet Farmhouse at 9.30pm last night…

 

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River of mist in the Calder Valley after a heavy shower

 

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The swathes of mist are constantly shifting…

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 June 2016

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Highlights from the Crimsworth Walshaw loop – my favourite walk

 

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Hardcastle Crags in the foreground, Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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Late afternoon sunshine over Hardcastle Crags…

 

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… very different to early morning light

 

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

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 June 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse with its cottage garden in full bloom

 

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Just look at that amazing peony!

 

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

 

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And beyond the garden wall is our beautiful hay meadow…

 

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… which is at its peak of perfection in June

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 June 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse – perched on the brow of the hill…

 

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…  surrounded by hay meadows

 

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Why not beat a path to our door?

 

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Lilac and laburnum trees on either side of the gate

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

22 June 2016

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

 

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

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 June 2016

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

 

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

 

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

 

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… and the terrain becomes much more wild and rugged…

 

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Tussocky grass and fluffy bog cotton up on Walshaw Moor

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 June 2016

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

 

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

 

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

 

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It almost looks as though it could be harvested

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 June 2016

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Sandpiper at Walshaw Dean reservoir

 

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The famous rhododendrons at Walshaw Dean…

 

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

 

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An unexpected surprise in this landscape…

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…And a tad surreal

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 June 2016

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Lapwing at Walshaw Dean showing its impressive crest

 

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Beak open – emitting comical noises like a kazoo

 

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Lapwing enclave near the lower reservoir at Walshaw Dean

 

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

 

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© Photos copyright Ian Fishwick and Lesley Jackson

 

17 June 2016

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Crimsworth Dean – vibrant spring colours

 

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Path through the bracken towards Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Towering bracken in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean with Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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A sea of bracken in Crimsworth Dean

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 June 2016

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Goldfinch in Pecket Well

 

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Fledgling treecreeper chirruping in the woods in Crimsworth Dean..

 

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Clinging on to the bark and climbing up the tree

 

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Meadow pipit in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Pair of thrushes in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 June 2016

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

 

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Here’s one little chick captured mid-peep

 

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They’re not called Golden Plovers for nothing…

 

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…their plumage is iridescent greenish gold

 

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

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 June 2016

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In praise of golden plovers…

 

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Peeping among the bilberries…

 

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And the tufts of bog cotton

 

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In the early morning sunshine…

 

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Up on Wadsworth Moor

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 June 2016

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Finally managed to capture one of numerous curlews in Crimsworth Dean

 

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

 

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

 

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The early morning light was perfect for capturing the detail

 

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

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 June 2016

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Lumbutts on a hazy spring morning

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 June 2016

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Climbing up to Stoodley Pike from Hebden Bridge

 

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

 

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Bog cotton thrives up on the moors

 

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Looking down towards Mankinholes and Lumbutts from near Stoodley Pike

 

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

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 June 2016

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

 

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

 

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Crimsworth Dean on a sunny spring afternoon

 

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Bemused sheep encircled by a trio of fledglings

 

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Fields dotted with grazing at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 June 2016

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All change in Crimsworth…

 

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In May the woods were carpeted with blue…

 

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Now the hills are showered with gold 

 

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And curlews circle watchfully overhead

 

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Study in green and gold

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 June 2016

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

 

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

 

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View across Hardcastle Crags towards Stoodley Pike from Walshaw

 

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Swerving off into Crimsworth Dean from Hardcastle Crags

 

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

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 June 2016

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Fields fringed with lacy white cow parsley

 

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Vivid green grass on the hilltop meadows… 

 

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…provides the perfect backdrop

 

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An avenue of cow parsley near Walshaw above Hardcastle Crags

 

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

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 June 2016

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Pastoral idyll on ‘the tops’ above Hardcastle Crags 

 

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Sheep grazing on the shoulders of the hills…

 

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…above the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Hilltop meadows tinged with yellow as the buttercups erupt

 

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

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 June 2016

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Golden hay meadows in Crimsworth Dean brimming with buttercups

 

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

 

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

 

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The lush woodlands of Hardcastle Crags in all their spring finery

 

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Walshaw Lodge overlooking Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 June 2016

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Stoodley Pike  cresting the hill above Mankinholes

 

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Buttercup-rich wild flower meadows on the tops near Lumbutts

 

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Yorkshire alpine meadow

 

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Fields of gold above Todmorden

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 June 2016

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

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 June 2016

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Doe, a deer…

 

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… a female deer

 

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

 

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Protecting her offspring from predators…

 

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… and besotted nosey parkers, such as us!

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

1 June 2016

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Springwatch at Elmet! This beautiful roe deer…

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

Lovely Little Lambs

Lovely Little Lambs

 

 

It’s been a busy time in the Crimsworth crèche over the last couple of months. These photos record some of the new arrivals in hilltop meadows in and around Pecket Well and Crimsworth Dean during April 2016.

Crimsworth Dean is a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse, so if you want to see lots of lovely lambs, come and visit us next April.

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

Bluebellerama!

The bluebells have been spectacular this year in Hardcastle Crags and Crimsworth Dean. These two beautiful National Trust woodlands – just a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse – are amongst the best bluebell woods in England. Mid May is the best time to see the bluebells, although they start flowering in late April and last through until early June.

As well as Crimsworth Dean and Hardcastle Crags, there are bluebells in Pecket Well Clough, Colden Clough, Luddenden Dean, Cragg Vale and many of the other narrow steep-sided wooded valleys around Hebden Bridge. These woods are beautiful are stunningly beautiful throughout the year, but you want to immerse yourself in bluebell heaven, come and stay at Elmet Farmhouse next May….

For more information about the woods of the Calder Valley, click here

© Text and photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

Photo Journal – May 2016

Have you had your Five a Day?

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

 

31 May 2016

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The last hurrah for the bluebells in Hardcastle Crags

 

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One of the most extensive bluebell woods in England

 

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Spectacular as ever this year

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A round of applause, please! 

 

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

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

30 May 2016

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Bluebells in full flower in Hardcastle Crags

 

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They colonise every surface…

 

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… from mossy rocks

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… and sylvan groves

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… to woodland glades

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 May 2016

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

 

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Tender new oak leaves

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 May 2016

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Table Rock – woodland vantage point hidden away in Hardcastle Crags

 

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View from Table Rock

 

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More bluebell woods hidden away in the recesses of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Seek and ye shall find…

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 May 2016

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Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags – a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 May 2016

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Reflections in the dam near Gibson Mill at Hardcastle Crags

 

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Same old, same old… bluebell infinity in Hardcastle Crags

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

25 May 2016

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

 

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The verdant slopes of Shackleton Hill in Crimsworth Dean

 

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

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 May 2016

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Heavenly scenes in the bluebell woods of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Bluebells and ramsons (wild garlic) in perfect harmony

 

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Purest blue and purest green

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 May 2016

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Bluebell meadow in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Bluebell woods in Crimsworth Dean

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 May 2016

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Bluebellerama in Crimsworth Dean

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 May 2016

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Cascades of bluebells and wild garlic (ramsons) in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Bluebells and wild garlic (ramsons)

 

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Lambs and ewes sheltering under trees in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 May 2016

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Fifty shades of green – lush canopy in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Purple haze – dense carpet of bluebells in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Bluebells in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean spring woodland splendour

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 May 2016

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Carpet of bluebells in Hardcastle Crags – far side of the river near Gibson Mill

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 May 2016

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Purple haze in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 May 2016

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Bluebellerama in Hardcastle Crags – it just gets better and better!

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 May 2016

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Bluebellerama in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 May 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Tulips and daffodils in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 May 2016

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Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Woods in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 May 2016

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Trio of geese in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Roe deer in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Goose on chimney of Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 May 2016

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Early morning in Hardcastle Crags – sun streaming through the trees

 

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Rocky outcrops in Hardcastle Crags

 

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The Crags themselves

 

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View of Hebden Water from the upper slopes of Hardcastle Crags near Widdop Gate

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 May 2016

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Bracken-covered slopes at Blake Dean

 

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Confluence of Graining Water (left) and Alcomden Water (right) at Blake Dean 

 

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Graining Water and Alcomden Water merge at Blake Dean to form Hebden Water 

 

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Steep steps leading down from Widdop Gate into Hebden Dale and Hardcastle Crags

 

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Blake Dean at the head of Hebden Dale and Hardcastle Crags

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 May 2016

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“We’re ready for our close-up” – family group posing in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Bucolic Blakean scene in Crimsworth Dean

 

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A lovely spring morning in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Not bad for an early morning commute

 

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Spinks Hill Mob – near Stone Booth Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 May 2016

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Zooming in on Crimsworth Dean…

 

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And zooming out again…

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

8 May 2016

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And still they come… 

 

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More lovely lambs in Crimsworth Dean

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

7 May 2016

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Crimsworth Dean is awash with migrants… Two lapwings briefly touch down, taking a break from their wild aerial acrobatics

 

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This oystercatcher has obviously been busy foraging in the mud, judging from its slimy beak

 

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Dunlin – another long-beaked wader which heads inland to the high moorlands to breed in the spring

 

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This is where they all flock to… Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 May 2016

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Zwartbles sheep at the upper slopes of Crimsworth Dean – an unusual breed of Dutch origin

 

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The ewes have a distinctive white stripe on their face and white ankles. The young lambs are dark brown all over.

 

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It’s still busy in the Crimsworth creche…

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 May 2016

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A beady-eyed thrush in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 May 2016

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Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags – still early days… watch this space!

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 May 2016

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Bluebells unfurling in Hardcastle Crags…

 

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… the start of a month-long spectacular

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

2 May 2016

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Evening sunshine – view from Elmet Farmhouse 

 

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Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon

 

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Spring flowers in the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse with spectacular view behind

 

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Daffodils in full bloom in the field in front of Elmet Farmhouse

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 May 2016

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Cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse with primroses, daffodils and hellebores

 

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A big clump of white hellebores with a lovely view behind

 

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Dark purple hellebores with a row daffodills behind

 

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Pulmonaria and primroses

 

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Orangey-red tulips just coming out – a new addition to Elmet’s cottage garden this year

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Photo Journal – April 2016

Have you had your Five a Day?

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

30 April 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon

 

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Daffodils and hellebores in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Primroses flourishing in the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 April 2016

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Moody sky over Luddenden Dean

 

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Early morning sun through the trees in Luddenden Dean 

 

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Leaves coming out on the trees in the woods of Luddenden Dean

 

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Fern-clad wall in Luddenden Dean

 

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Fledgling chaffinch in the garden

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 April 2016

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Jacob sheep in Luddenden Dean

 

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Pigmy goats in Luddenden Dean

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Catherine House Farm in Luddenden Dean

 

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Luddenden Brook running through Luddenden Dean

 

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The beautiful unspoilt valley of Luddenden Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 April 2016

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Castellated lodge gatehouse for the demolished mansion of Castle Carr in Luddenden Dean

 

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The two gatehouses are connected by an impressive arched gateway

 

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Luddenden Dean – with heather moorland above lush green meadows

 

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Early morning sunshine on the fells above Luddenden Dean

 

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Cottages in Luddenden Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 April 2016

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More lovely lambs!

 

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 April 2016

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Five views of Luddenden Dean

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 April 2016

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Roe deer in meadow above Hardcastle Crags

 

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Roe deer are regularly spotted in wooded valleys such as Hardcastle Crags, usually in twos or threes

 

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They come up from the woods to graze on the hilltop meadows

 

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Catkins at Hardcastle Crags, with Gibson Mill in the background

 

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Bluebells massing in Hardcastle Crags

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 April 2016

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Swaledale sheep and lamb at Pecket Well

 

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New-born Swaledale lamb at Pecket Well

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial – also known as ‘mini Stoodley’

 

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The wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags below Pecket Well

 

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The hilltop village of Pecket Well, with Hardcastle Crags in the valley below and Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 April 2016

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Stoodley Pike from Wadsworth Moor

 

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Heather in hibernation on Wadsworth Moor

 

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Meadow pipit in the heather on Wadsworth Moor

 

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Goose on the lookout in the heather on Wadsworth Moor 

 

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Shaft to underground water tunnel – a landmark on the heather moorland above Pecket Well

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 April 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well, with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

 

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A host of daffodils flowering in the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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View from the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Looking down on the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse, with daffodils, primroses, hellebores and pulmonaria all in bloom

 

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Snakes head fritillary in the garden

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 April 2016

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Northern Wheatear in Crimsworth Dean

 

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View over the bracken along Crimsworth Dean

 

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View towards Stoodley Pike along Crimsworth Dean

 

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Ewes and lambs at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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A copse of Scots Pines in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 April 2016

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Bucoli scene in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Mother and child reunion in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Early morning sunshine highlighting the folds of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Homages to William Blake: sheep and new-born lambs sheltering under a tree in Crimsworth Dean

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Gentle slopes give way to steep valley sides at the head of Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 April 2016

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Crimsworth Dean on a beautiful spring morning

 

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Mother and child posing in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Tucking in for milkshake at the Crimsworth canteen

 

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Crimsworth Dean – not a bad place to be born

 

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Cute Crimsworth lamb, caught in mid bleat

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 April 2016

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Pinky and Perky in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Looking a bit sheepish

 

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Top end of Crimsworth Dean

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The Crimsworth Three – plotting mischief

 

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Jay in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 April 2016

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Another new arrival in the Crimsworth maternity ward

 

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Stepping out!

 

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It’s all happening in Crimsworth

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Crimsworth Dean – a new day, a new dawn

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 April 2016

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‘The Lamb of God’ – born in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Timid twins in the Crimsworth creche

 

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The silken slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Come in number 25! Mother and child in Crimsworth Dean

 

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A poppit of a pipit perching on a post in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 April 2016

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Solitary mill chimney stranded in the woods at Colden Clough…

 

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…Evocative relics of the once substantial Lumb Mills at Lumb Bank, near Heptonstall, dating from the early 19th century

 

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Colden Water – the river tapped to power a string of textile mills during the 18th and 19th centuries

 

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Jack Bridge crossing Colden Water in Colden Clough

 

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The first bluebells coming into flower in Colden Clough, near Heptonstall

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 April 2016

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River of mist blockading the end of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Caught napping… Sleepy lambs having a lie-in in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Number 11 nuzzling up to mum – a bit heavy on the graffiti!

 

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It’s quite a gambol, this lambing lark

 

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The sun-kissed slopes of Crimsworth…. again

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 April 2016

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean – soon the spring foliage will obscure the view

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck from packhorse bridge above Lumb Falls

 

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Bracken and woodland on the steep slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck as it flows through the woods lower down the valley

 

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Watercourses channelling water from Crimsworth Dean Beck to the former dyeworks at Midgehole, near Hardcastle Crags

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

11 April 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse  – not quite as spectacular as the River of Mist yesterday but still pretty exceptional!

 

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Hazy April sunshine on Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall

 

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And this is where the photos were taken from – Elmet Farmhouse on the right

 

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The daffs are now in full bloom in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse and the hellebores are still going strong

 

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Crimsworth Dean – a tranquil unspoilt valley a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse with more lovely vistas

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

10 April 2016

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The magical River of Mist from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well  at 8.24am

 

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The unexpected snow on the hills late last night gives a new twist to the River of Mist 

 

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Frost on the meadow in front of Elmet Farmhouse with Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall Church poking out through the River of Mist

 

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River of Mist 20 minutes earlier at 8.05am

 

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Stoodley Pike on snow-sifted ridge hovering above the River of Mist

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 April 2016

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Crimsworth Dean – a chorus of curlews ricocheting around the valley, a flash of yellow as a green woodpecker takes flight

 

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Crème de Crimsworth – soft early morning sunshine spilling across the fields

 

Meadow pipit in Crimsworth Dean – flitting from one fence post to the next 

 

Pied wagtail dipping and diving through Crimsworth Dean

 

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Sheep on a moss-covered boulder near Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 April 2016

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The sun-kissed slopes of Crimsworth Dean at 8am

 

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Bouncy lambs on the nursery slopes at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Mother and toddler looking a bit quizzical

 

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Sun rising over Crimsworth Dean at 8.28am

 

 

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Sun on ‘the tops’ – Old Town skyline from Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 April 2016

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‘Hello mum!’ New arrival in the Crimsworth creche

 

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Into position – tucking in for breakfast at the Crimsworth Deanery

 

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Like mother, like daughter (or is it a son?) – Contented duo at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth curlew – finally photographed two months after the first curlews returned 

 

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Grey wagtail at Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 April 2016

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Is it the Lake District fells? No, it’s the precipitous slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Fields above Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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How green is our valley? Well, the answer is ‘very’!… View along Crimsworth Dean, with Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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Looking up to the former Methodist Chapel in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Blue sky, cotton wool clouds and purplish woods in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

5 April 2016

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Crimsworth Dean from near Grain Water Bridge

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck

 

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… meandering through Crimsworth Dean towards Lumb Falls

 

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Looking back along Crimsworth Dean towards Grain Water Bridge

 

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Looking south from mid way along Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 April 2016

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Slack Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon with Hardcastle Crags below

 

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Two new-born lambs nestling against their mother up on ‘the tops’ 

 

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The maternity ward up on Walshaw Moor above Hardcastle Crags – with soothing musical accompaniment of curlews

 

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Another one on the way perhaps? Or maybe she just wants a good old scratch

 

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Luminous green meadow up on ‘the tops’ above Hardcastle Crags, looking towards Slack Heptonstall with Stoodley Pike on the far hilltop

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 April 2016

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Lambs on the high meadows near Walshaw above Hardcastle Crags

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Not a bad place to enter the world… 

 

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Tucking in for afternoon tea

 

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A picture of innocence – see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

 

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The Walshaw creche – triplets number 1 and triplets number 2

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 April 2016

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Well it had to happen eventually… The first of lambs of the year at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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They’re still a bit unsteady on their feet, and note the pipe cleaner legs

 

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This little chap is still a bit wrinkly, presumably a recent arrival, possibly even today

 

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Whereas this dynamic duo are well into their stride

 

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And then there were three… Lots more on the way no doubt (watch this space)

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 April 2016

 

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Baaaa Humbug!

 

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A new light on Luddenden

 

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Bleached grass and colour-coordinated Swaledale sheep looking imperious on Wadsworth Moor

 

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Luddenden Dean – over the hill but not so far away from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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A harmonious palette – bracken, bilberries and silver birch on the upper slopes of Luddenden Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

Photo Journal – March 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 March 2016

 

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Ivy-clad gateposts leading into the field in front of Elmet Farmhouse with Pecket Well panorama beyond

 

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

 

 

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Early evening sunshine bathing the meadow in front of Elmet Farmhouse – a host of daffodils all set to bloom

 

 

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Elmet Farmhouse catching the rays on a sunny spring evening – goldfinches flitting about, first sighting of the spring

 

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Elmet Farmhouse garden awakens – hellebores in full bloom, daffs poised for action, bench in position

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

30 March 2016

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Turned out nice again…. The sparkling panorama from Elmet Farmhouse at 3.15 pm

 

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The Lodge at Hardcastle Crags

 

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Daffodils making a splash in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Velvety moss upholstering tree trunks, boulders and anything that doesn’t move down in Hardcastle Crags

 

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An enormous tree bole swollen out of control down in Hardcastle Crags

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 March 2016

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View from Pecket Well at 9.51 am. Where did this come from?!

 

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Daffodils in the snow in front of Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Mist in Crimsworth Dean as the temperature starts to rise

 

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Mist in the valley, sun lighting up the snowy hills

 

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And then it was gone! View from Elmet Farmhouse at 14.23

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 March 2016

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Fiery sunset at Pecket Well on Easter Monday

 

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Turneresque sky as the sun disappears below the horizon

 

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A beady-eyed mistlethrush staking out his territory in the garden

 

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A marvellous chorister, he starts the day with a dawn chorus and ends with a dusk serenade

 

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“How much would that have cost in Bettys?” Elmet Easter Simnel Cake – a Pecket Well Co-Production

© Photos copyright Ian Fishwick and Lesley Jackson

 

27 March 2016

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Rainbow over Luddenden Dean on Easter Sunday 

 

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Rainbow slicing Luddenden Dean in half after a day of schizoid weather – sunshine, hail and thunder, then sunshine again

 

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Where’s that pot of gold? Somewhere near Jerusalem Farm in Luddenden Dean

 

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Early evening sunshine brings Luddenden Dean to life

 

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March hare or Easter bunny? Well both actually, as it used to be thought that hares laid eggs, hence the origins of the Easter Egg. This fine chap was spotted on Easter Sunday in a field above Pecket Well – how’s that for serendipity!

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 March 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Easter – another peerless Pecket Well panorama

 

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View of Heptonstall from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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The grass is definitely getting greener and the days are definitely getting longer here in the Kingdom of Elmet

 

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Horses grazing on the slopes near Pecket Well War Memorial

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial with the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags beyond and Slack in the distance

 

 © All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 March 2016

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Good Friday at reservoir above Luddenden Dean – a glorious sunny day in a glorious place

 

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Two small reservoirs hidden away on the hill above Luddenden Dean, one full, one half empty

 

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Reservoir with heather, bilberries and willow growing on its banks – an oasis for wildlife high up on the moor’s edge above Luddenden Dean

 

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Ruined tower in Luddenden Dean, all that remains of the Victorian mansion of Castle Carr

 

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Standing stone on Limers Gate, Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 March 2016

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Looking towards Heptonstall from the hilltop above Colden Clough

 

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Heptonstall Church on the horizon in the early morning mist

 

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Colden Water at ‘low tide’ near Lumb Bank following several weeks of dry weather

 

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Mallards swimming through pond weed on one of the overgrown millponds in Colden Clough

 

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Close up of pond weed – or is it an abstract expressionist masterpiece?

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 March 2016

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Meet our neighbours! 

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A medley of Pecket Well ponies on the neighbouring farm… and not a bad view!

 

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Up close and personal…

 

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Another member of the Crimsworth crew, a couple of fields over from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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When I grow up I want to be…. probably not much taller than this actually

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

22 March 2016

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Climbing up Shackleton Hill from Midgehole at Hardcastle Crags, sheep grazing in the foreground, Old Town Mill just visible on the far horizon

 

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A steep ascent up Shackleton Hill on one of the ubiquitous stone causeways or causeys that criss-cross the hillsides throughout the Upper Calder Valley, once used by convoys of packhorses delivering wool and collecting cloth

 

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Table Rock, as I call it, a great place for a picnic with splendid views overlooking the precipitous wooded slopes of Hardcastle Crags

 

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The trees in Hardcastle Crags may look uninhabited but a chorus of birds provided a glorious soundtrack to this view across the valley towards Slack Top near Heptonstall

 

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Back along the river through Hardcastle Crags past the familiar stepping stones across Hebden Water

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

21 March 2016

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Pied Wagtail looking rather dapper in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean from the fringes of the moors where the lapwings have recently taken up residence.  More demented aerial acrobats (see yesterday) and lots of curious kazooing as they stake out their territory and perform their strange mating rituals.

 

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An elusive lapwing with its distinctive plume and plumage hiding behind some reeds… And a couple of common or garden mallards waddling up the hillside in Crimsworth Dean

For more photos of lapwings and other birds in the area, please click here

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Pussy willow in Crimsworth Dean, another welcome sign of spring

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

20 March 2016

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Gadding about at Gaddings Dam, a disused reservoir up on Langfield Edge above Todmorden, now a nature reserve

 

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Gaddings Dam is almost as high up as Stoodley Pike, visible in the distance, but remains hidden from view until you get right on top of moor 

 

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The moorland around Gaddings Dam is a haven for skylarks, who were performing their aerial acrobatics and filling the sky with song

 

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Approaching Stoodley Pike along Langfield Edge

 

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Hang-gliders were also out in force at Stoodley Pike today riding the thermals and performing their aerial acrobatics too

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

19 March 2016

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Sun setting across the fields from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well

 

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Big skies and arresting sunsets are one of the joys of life up on ‘the tops’ at Pecket Well

 

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View of Stoodley Pike from Old Town just along the road from Pecket Well

 

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A fine castellated wall and avenue of trees next to the cricket club at Old Town

 

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Old Town Mill, originally Mitchell Brothers, now home to various small businesses. The tall chimney dominates the skyline and can be seen for miles around

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

18 March 2016

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Percy the Pheasant posing on the gatepost, surveying his kingdom at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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With his gleaming plumage, no wonder he attracts the ladies!

 

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Blue tit scavenging for titbits on a moss-covered lilac tree

 

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A rather aggressive red grouse on Walshaw Moor with a reputation for attacking innocent passing hikers

 

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‘Heather bird’s eyebrows’, as beloved by Sylvia Plath

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 March 2016

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A perfect day for the Crimsworth Walshaw Loop – a horse-shaped walk starting in Crimsworth Dean,  with a panoramic stretch on the tops  above Hardcastle Crags 

 

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Looking across Hardcastle Crags near Walshaw towards Slack Top above Heptonstall

 

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The spring sunshine was so warm there was no need for coats . First frogspawn of the year spotted glistening in a puddle

 

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Even though there are no leaves on the trees, their outlines create feathery silhouettes against the green meadows along the top edge of the woods in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck near Grain Water Bridge, the start and finish point for today’s walk

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 March 2016

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Gibson Mill, an early 19th century textile mill in Hardcastle Crags in an idyllic setting on Hebden Water near Hebden Bridge

 

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Built by Abraham Gibson of Greenwood Lee shortly before his death in 1805, it was originally a water-powered cotton spinning mill but a weaving shed was added in 1840 and a steam engine was installed in 1852.  

 

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Following its closure in the late 1880s, Gibson Mill became an entertainment emporium, housing a dance hall, a restaurant and a roller skating ring. It was transferred to the National Trust in the 1950s as part of the Hardcastle Crags estate.

 

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Gibson Mill was one of a series of mills on the banks of Hebden Water, but it is one of the last to survive, along with Bridge Mill and Nutclough Mill in Hebden Bridge. Remains of other dams, weirs and watercourses can be seen along the river in Hardcastle Crags, as with this embankment near Midgehole.

 

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Miniature pony grazing up on ‘the tops’ above Hardcastle Crags

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 March 2016

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A new perspective on the hilltop village of Heptonstall – aerial view from high up on Wadsworth Moor. As well the 19th century church tower, the 18th century octagonal Methodist chapel is clearly visible in the foreground

 

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Wherever you go in the Upper Calder Valley, Stoodley Pike is with you

 

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Stoodley Pike – ready for take off!

 

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Dropping down from Deer Stones Edge to the village of Pecket Well. Sunshine on Shackleton Hill,  separating Crimsworth Dean and Hardcastle Crags. Curlews overhead

 

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Not a look-out post or a folly, but a ventilation shaft for an underground water tunnel built in the 19th century to supply Halifax with water from Widdop Reservoir, an amazing feat of engineering, given the distance. There are a series of these shafts on Wadsworth Moor, some of which are Grade II Listed 

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 March 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse in Pecket Well on a sunny late afternoon in March

 

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Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon, with Hardcastle Crags in the steep-sided valley below

 

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Highland cattle grazing in field above Pecket Well Mill

 

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Grade II* Listed Akroyd Farmhouse, the oldest building in Pecket Well, dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. All the old farms in the area, including Elmet Farmhouse (which dates from c.1728), were built on ‘the tops’, rather than down in the valleys

 

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Wainsgate Baptist Church (1859) at Pecket Well, with graveyard backing onto Wadsworth Moor

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 March 2016

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Introducing Kevin the Kestrel, spotted perching on a telegraph wire this morning in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Here he is hovering over the fields on the lookout for prey

 

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Just look at those beautiful striped feathers and that killer beak…. If you go into raptures about raptors, you might like to take a look at Barry the Barn Owl as well

 

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Another beautiful spring day in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Rupert and Lady waiting for Penny to put them through their paces in Crimsworth Dean. Look at Rupert’s fabulous glossy coat and his groovy loons – shagadelic!

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

12 March 2016

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Snowdrops in Luddenden Dean

 

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The tranquil valley of Luddenden Dean, one of the spurs off the Calder Valley

 

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Lodge for the demolished Victorian mansion of Castle Carr in Luddenden Dean

 

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Detail of the archway on Castle Carr lodge in Luddenden Dean

 

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Pigmy goat being taken for a walk in Luddenden Dean, having recently  relocated from Cannon Hall, near Barnsley, apparently. Strange but true.

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 March 2016

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River of mist below Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well at 8.51 am

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial in the early morning mist

 

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Mist in the valley below Elmet Farmhouse at 7.14 am

 

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Spring arrived today triggering a wonderful dawn chorus. This robin had a good old sing in the garden this morning, along with his other feathered friends in Pecket Well.

 

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 2.04 pm after the mist had cleared

To see more views from Elmet Farmhouse, including the famous river of mist, click here

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 March 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse (right) with bench in the garden for admiring the breathtaking viewsThe original 18th century stone mullion windows above both have window seats 

 

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Cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse with hellebores and dogwoods. 

 

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Lots of spring bulbs nosing up through the soil in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse. It’ll soon be full of flowers. To see images of the garden at other times of year, please click here

 

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Herbaceous border and vegetable beds in front of the barn next to Elmet Farmhouse

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Elmet Farmhouse next to the historic barn overlooking herbaceous border and vegetable beds (freshly manured!)

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9 March 2016

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Tiny pony in field above the National Trust estate of Hardcastle Crags, looking charmingly bedraggled in the rain

 

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The cost of living these days… Toll charges for packhorse bridge at Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Hebden Water running through Hardcastle Crags. One good thing about the rain is that it livens up the rivers…. 

 

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… And greens up the woods. Fallen trees and roots cloaked by moss in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Moss carpeting a dry stone wall near Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags

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8 March 2016

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As winter draws to a close in Crimsworth Dean

 

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… splashes of colour appear, like these dogwoods 

 

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Woodpeckers are drumming and the green shoots of recovery are sprouting in the woods

 

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Wherever you walk in the steep-sided valleys around Hebden Bridge, water cascades down the hillsides…

 

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… Sometimes channelled by human hand, as here in Crimsworth Dean, where it once powered the textile industry

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7 March 2016

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Snow-capped mountains and alpine meadows. No, this isn’t the Lake District, it’s the Upper Calder Valley in Yorkshire. They don’t call it ‘Little Switzerland’ for nothing! This is the view from Crimsworth Dean towards Stoodley Pike

 

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A light dusting of snow and a splash of early morning sunshine on the upper reaches of Crimsworth Dean at 7.50 am. A solitary dunlin prodding at a puddle and a kestrel on the prowl.

 

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Haworth Old Road climbing up towards Oxenhope Moor at the end of Crimsworth Dean. A glorious chorus of curlews, but all camera-shy.

 

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Dormant bracken, towering Scots pine and clear blue sky in Crimsworth Dean

 

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‘Me and my shadow’

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6 March 2016

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Snow on the tops. Views from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well

 

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Zooming in on Stoodley Pike from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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White out at Stoodley Pike

 

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A mixed picture: snow falling at Pecket Well but sunshine bouncing off the hill below Stoodley Pike

 

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Hellebores bearing up under the snow

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5 March 2016

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View from Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well – blade of sunshine on snow

 

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Snowy moorland panorama, looking back during ascent to Deerstone Edge above Pecket Well

 

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Shaft for underground watercourse on Wadsworth Moor, partially obscured by mound of earth excavated when the shaft was dug

 

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Shaft for underground watercourse on Wadsworth Moor. Running water can be heard hundreds of feet below

 

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Back at the ranch. View from Elmet Farmhouse of distant hills on the far side of the Calder Valley and Stoodley Pike on the horizon. Yesterday’s snow gradually receding. 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 March 2016

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Mystery picture… Snow-powdered trees on hillside in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Every twig and branch laden with several inches of snow, which continued to fall for much of the day

 

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Track leading through Crimsworth Dean near Midgehole

 

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The secret valley of Crimsworth Dean transformed into a ghostly other world by the snow. Tawny owl hooting close by.

 

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Snow-capped bullrushes on millpond in the heart of Crimsworth Dean

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3 March 2016

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Heptonstall Church on hilltop above Colden Clough

 

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Stoodley Pike from Colden Clough above Lumb Bank

 

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Snow on the hilltops above Colden Clough

 

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Stone-paved pathway across field into the woods at Colden Clough. A large flock of curlews taking flight, returning to the Pennines after their winter break

 

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Footpath leading down from Heptonstall to Lumb Bank

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2 March 2016

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What a difference a day makes. View from Elmet Farmhouse at lunchtime after sudden heavy snowfall earlier in the morning. Looking towards Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike across the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Blue sky and sunshine bouncing off the snowy fields on the shoulders of the hills at Pecket Well and across the valley at Heptonstall

 

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Gateposts in the garden a few hours earlier at the height of the blizzard, with thunder rumbling ominously in the background

 

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Blackface sheep sifted with snow in the field above Pecket Well Mill, with blizzard storm clouds closing in

 

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Study in black and white. Blackface sheep swishing their white snow-covered fleeces in Pecket Well 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 March 2016

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Not a great day weather-wise, but the view from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well, near Hebden Bridge, is still pretty good

 

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Lots of lovely hellebores are flowering in the garden…

 

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… including some beautiful white ones…

 

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… and some in deep purple

 

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The snowdrops are still going strong and lots more spring bulbs are on the way. Watch this space… 

To see photos of the garden at Elmet Farmhouse during 2015, please click here

To view Photo Journal for February 2016, please click here

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Fifty Shades of Green

Fifty Shades of Green

 

 

Spring is a spectacular time of year in this part of the world. The landscape is completely transformed between April and June as the leaves come out on the trees, the bracken unfurls and the new grass shoots up in the fields. The lushness of the foliage and the vividness of the colours is breathtaking: fifty shades of green.

Spring flowers infuse the countryside with other amazing hues. In May the woods are carpeted with a haze of bluebells and the buttercups give the meadows a golden glow.

The photographs above record an early morning walk around the top end of Crimsworth Dean via Lumb Falls on 15 June 2015…

And the sequence below captures perambulation around Hardcastle Crags on 10 June 2015 at the height of the bluebell season, starting and finishing at Blake Dean…

 

 

© Text and images copyright Lesley Jackson