Photo Journal – December 2016

Have you had your Five a Day?

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

31 December 2016

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Frosty morning in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Scots pines in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Starlings at Walshaw

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

30 December 2016

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Sheep on meadows at Walshaw above Hardcastle Crags

 

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Stoodley Pike beyond Slack Top

 

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Slack Top from Walshaw

 

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Blake Dean from Walshaw Moor

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

29 December 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 8.36 am

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Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 December 2016

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Sunset at Elmet Farmhouse at 15.20 pm

 

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Highland cattle above Pecket Well Mill

 

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Stoodley Pike from Wadsworth Moor at 4.20 pm

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 December 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse  at 12 noon

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 December 2016

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Tree bole in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Beech leaves covering the path in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 December 2016

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Christmas tree in living room at Elmet Farmhouse

 

 

 

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Christmas grotto under the stairs

 

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

 

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Ingredients for our Christmas pudding…

 

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Christmas cake fresh out of the oven

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

24 December 2016

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

 

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Village pump in Heptonstall

 

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

 

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Heptonstall Primary School, still thriving today

 

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Grand residence above Heptonstall

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 December 2016

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Heptonstall’s beautifully preserved main street…

 

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Lined with handloom weavers’ cottages….

 

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

 

 

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The handloom weavers are long gone but their cottages remain

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 December 2016

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16th century gateway on Northgate in Heptonstall inscribed JB 1578

 

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Heptonstall courtyard

 

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

 

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Handloom weavers’ cottages in Heptonstall

 

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Towngate Tea Room in the centre of Heptonstall

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 December 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 11.40 am…

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Same old view but subtly different each day

 

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Pecket Well Clough falling away steeply below the village

 

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Stoodley Pike and Hetponstall on the horizon at midwinter

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 December 2016

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

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Still compelling even in the depths of midwinter

 

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The majestic outline of Stoodley Pike with interleaved hills

 

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Silhouette of Heptonstall church with prickly scaffolding on one side

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck from Lumb Falls

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 December 2016

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Stoodley Pike from Heptonstall…

 

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Hazy mist in the Upper Calder Valley

 

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The stark beauty of winter

 

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Stoodley Pike on the brow of Langfield Edge

 

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Stoodley Pike framed by leafless trees from Heptonstall 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 December 2016

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

 

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Some unusual sheep in Crimsworth Dean

 

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

 

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They thought I was bringing them some food

 

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Watery winter late afternoon sunshine in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 December 2016

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Best seen after heavy rain

 

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Old packhorse bridge above Lumb Falls

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck flowing under the packhorse bridge

 

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Another view of Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 December 2016

 

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well at 9.20 am

 

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Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike…

 

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…on a hazy December morning

 

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Mild weather at Pecket Well as Midwinter approaches

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 December 2016

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Heptonstall church in the mist from Colden Clough

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Woods at Horsehold, just outside Hebden Bridge

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 December 2016

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Crimsworth Dean at 8 am this morning…

 

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…with Heptonstall church just visible in the mist

 

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Beautiful soft pinky-purple sky over Crimsworth Dean at sunrise

 

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Clouds illuminated from below at sunrise

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 December 2016

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View along Luddenden Dean

 

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Looking towards the Castle Carr estate in Luddenden Dean

 

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White cow with black muddy bootees in Crimsworth Dean

 

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(Below) Buzzard wheeling above Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 December 2016

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

 

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River of Mist in Hardcastle Crags…

 

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… just below Pecket Well War Memorial

 

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 December 2016

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Our old friends, the pigmy goats, in Luddenden Dean

 

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Looking very dapper

 

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Push me, pull you?

 

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

 

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The mild December weather has spawned some spectacular fungi

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 December 2016

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

 

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

 

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18th century marriage stone on Northgate in Heptonstall

 

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

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 December 2016

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Atmospheric ruins of the old church at Heptonstall…

 

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… dating back to the 13th century

 

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The ancient village of Heptonstall is extremely well preserved and unspoilt

 

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It’s full of interesting historic buildings

 

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No wonder it’s a conservation area

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 December 2016

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

 

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Huge rocky outcrops are perched on the steep hillside

 

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The cliff-like rockfaces are partially hidden by trees…

 

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… but can be explored via a network of paths

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 December 2016

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Early morning sunshine on one side of the Calder Valley

 

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

 

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Boundary wall of Lumb Bank in Colden Clough near Heptonstall

 

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Steep path running down from Lumb Bank

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 December 2016

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

 

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

 

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Looking along Crimsworth Dean towards Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike

 

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

5 December 2016

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Early morning mist rolling up onto the moors from Pecket Well

 

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Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning

 

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Sunrise at High Brown Knoll above Pecket Well

 

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A sea of mist playing strange tricks…

 

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Sunrise at Deer Stone Edge above Pecket Well

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 December 2016

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Crimsworth Dean with Stoodley Pike on the far horizon

 

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Late afternoon sunshine in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Still plenty of green in Crimsworth Dean, even at midwinter

 

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View towards Blake Dean and Gorple Reservoir from Walshaw Moor

 

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Sheep grazing on hilltop meadows above Hardcastle Crags

 

 © Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 December 2016

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Slack Heptonstall on the brow, looking across Hardcastle Crags

 

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Stoodley Pike  in the distance beyond Slack

 

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Sheep grazing at Walshaw

 

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Hardcastle Crags in the valley below Walshaw

 

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The rare orange sheep of Walshaw!

 

 © Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 December 2016

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Ruins of the old church in Heptonstall

 

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This ancient building dates back to the 13th century

 

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The evocative remains of the old church…

 

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

 

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… where Sylvia Plath was buried in 1963

 

 © Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 December 2016

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Old Town Mill above Hebden Bridge

 

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View from Old Town towards Heptonstall

 

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Packhorse bridge in Nutclough on the outskirts of Hebden Bridge

 

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Looking down Nutclough from the packhorse bridge

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

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