Photo Journal – August 2016

Have you had your Five a Day?

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

31 August 2016

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Packhorse bridge at Lumb Falls

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

30 August 2016

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

 

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

 

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The mellow august meadows of Crimsworth Dean

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 August 2016

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View from Great Edge towards Grey Stone Hill

 

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

 

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Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir

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Heather lapping at the rocks above Widdop Reservoir

 

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

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 August 2016

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

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 August 2016

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Heather-clad reservoir above Luddenden Dean

 

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Red rowan berries

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Heather on the hillside above Luddenden Dean

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 August 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse with shorn hay meadow

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 August 2016

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Moody mist in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Old Town Mill above Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

24 August 2016

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

 

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Emerald  green grass illuminated by sunshine in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Grain Farm bathed in the dazzling early morning sun

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Looking back towards Stairs at the far end of Crimsworth Dean

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 August 2016

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

 

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There’s nothing quite like it…

 

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Breathtaking is the only way to describe it

 

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Stoodley Pike swaddled by mist at 6.50am this morning

 

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

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 August 2016

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Looking along Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir

 

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Heather-clad rocks…

 

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…on the aptly named Great Rock

 

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Above Widdop Reservoir

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 August 2016

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Dramatic panorama on Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir

 

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Huge lumps of sculpted rock…

 

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… cresting the hillside for miles and miles

 

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… like a giant tidal wave

 

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… with an ocean of heather on the moorland plateau behind

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 August 2016

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Roe deer in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Heather on the slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Heather and boulders near Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Scabious in abundance in this beautiful hidden dell

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 August 2016

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View through the bracken towards Stoodley Pike from Crimsworth Dean

 

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It’s haymaking time here as well

 

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Rows of mown grass ready for silaging

 

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Herringbone pattern of mown grass in Crimsworth Dean

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

18 August 2016

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The heatwave continues  – early morning mist in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Sun bathing the shoulders of the hills

 

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Long shadows and hazy early morning light…

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… As the sun rises over Crimsworth Dean

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

17 August 2016

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Hot on the heels of Jonathan…

 

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… his brother Roger Tennant arrives with the baler

 

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

 

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Bale being extruded in the field in front of Elmet Farmhouse

 

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

 

©Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 August 2016

 

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

 

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Jonathan Tennant at the wheel… 

 

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

 

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Hand-raking a few last strays

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Hot thirsty work in the afternoon sunshine

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

15 August 2016

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Looking down from Raven Stones to Widdop Reservoir

 

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Monumental weather-sculpted boulders with heather springing up between

 

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Dramatic rocky outcrops on the hillside above Widdop Reservoir

 

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Heather amongst the rocks

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 August 2016

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Raven Stones above Widdop Reservoir

 

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

 

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Looking down from Raven Stones towards Widdop Reservoir

 

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 August 2016

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Heather-banked reservoir above Luddenden Dean…

 

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… an oasis on the moor’s edge

 

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

 

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One of the area’s hidden gems…

 

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… and one of my favourite places in all the world

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 August 2016

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Swaledale sheep in their natural habitat…

 

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… on the moor above Luddenden Dean

 

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… amongst the heather and the bilberry bushes

 

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… a harmonious ensemble 

 

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Heather in full bloom above Luddenden Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 August 2016

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Stoodley Pike from Heptonstall Moor

 

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Heather moorland near Widdop in the distance

 

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Heather on Heptonstall Moor

 

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Traditional laithe farmhouse with attached barn on Heptonstall Moor

 

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Pure unadulterated heather on Heptonstall Moor

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 August 2016

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Long light on the heather moorland above Hardcastle Crags

 

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Heather on Heptonstall Moor above Colden

 

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The Pennine Way cutting through the heather on Heptonstall Moor

 

 

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Hilltop farms, hay meadows and heather moorland above Hardcastle Crags

 

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Looking towards Widdop from Heptonstall Moor approaching Gorple Reservoir

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 August 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 7.49pm yesterday evening

 

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Early evening sunshine drying out the hay in our meadow

 

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

 

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Roe deer taking their evening constitutional near Pecket Well War Memorial

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

8 August 2016

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Haymaking at Elmet Farmhouse 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Looking across the fields to Higher Crimsworth

 

For more photos of haymaking at Elmet Farmhouse, click here

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 August 2016

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Bilberry bushes and heather above Luddenden Dean…

 

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… yellowish green and vibrant purple, a perfect pairing

 

For more photos of heather, click here

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

6 August 2016

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Start of haymaking in the field in front of Elmet Farmhouse

 

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

 

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Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon

 

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Haymaking in the evening sunshine

 

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

 

For more photos of haymaking at Elmet Farmhouse, click here

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 August 2016

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View from Walshaw Moor towards Hardcastle Crags…

 

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…. with heather on the slopes

 

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Heather on the hillside above Blake Dean at Hardcastle Crags

 

For more photos of heather, click here

 

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View towards Blake Dean at the top end of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Emerging out of the woods into the bracken in Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 August 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse with schizophrenic blue / black sky

 

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Wisps of mist rising up from Hardcastle Crags after a shower

 

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Last view of our hay meadow before it gets cut

 

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

3 August 2016

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Crimsworth Dean, near Horse Hey Wood…

 

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… just along from Wheat Ing

 

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

 

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

 

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Several buzzards mewing and circling overhead

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 August 2016

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Long shadows at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean with Grain Farm in the hillside in the centre

 

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

 

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Wheat Ing nestling in the valley in Crimsworth Dean

 

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View from hillside above Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

1 August 2016

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

 

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The landscape is constantly changing colour throughout the year….

 

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

 

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Upper end of Crimsworth Dean – an oasis of tranquillity

 

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The muted palette of Crimsworth Dean in hazy early morning sunshine

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

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