Photo Journal – July 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 July 2016

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When the heather comes into flower it completely transforms the colour of the landscape –  as here, up on Wadsworth Moor, looking towards Stoodley Pike

 

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The juxtaposition of the mauve heather and the bright yellowy-green bilberry leaves is a stimulating combination

 

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A good spot for bilberry picking above Luddenden Dean. The colour of the heather changes depending on the weather condition overhead

 

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Upper end of Luddenden Dean above the Castle Carr estate, with purple tinge of heather moorland on the tops of the hills

 

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Luddenden Dean – looking down the valley over the bilberries and heather

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

30 July 2016

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First flush of heather blooming up on Midgley Moor above Luddenden Dean

 

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Last year the heather was very late but this year it’s early…

 

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Purple haze of heather on Wadsworth Moor 

 

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If the heather looks this good now, imagine what it will be like in a couple of weeks’ time when it’s at its peak in mid August

 

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Shaft of underground water tunnel protruding like a sentry box through the heather on Wadsworth Moor

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

29 July 2016

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Fantastical fungi forms in the woods in Crimsworth Dean

 

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It looks almost as beautiful as an orchid flower

 

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Gate through drystone wall in Crimsworth Dean…

 

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…leading into the woods where the fungi was flowering

 

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The fallen trees and damp conditions on the wooded slopes of Crimsworth Deans provide the ideal conditions for fungi to bloom

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 July 2016

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View from Crimsworth Dean towards the high meadows on the far side of the Calder Valley above Hebden Bridge

 

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The regularity of the drystone walls enclosing these fields, with a clump of trees in each corner, indicate that they were built during the 19th century

 

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View from Crimsworth Dean towards Hardcastle Crags on a typical English summer’s day – bright blue skies with grey clouds presaging showers

 

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Chapel at Slack above Heptonstall, viewed from Crimsworth Dean

 

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Looking towards Hebden Wood from Crimsworth Dean with Slack on the horizon on the right

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

27 July 2016

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View from Crimsworth Dean towards Midgehole, with Hebden Wood in the distance

 

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Fern-decked steps up onto the embankment wall of a dam in Crimsworth Dean

 

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This is where the steps led up to – a small dam colonised by bullrushes, with silver birch, bilberry bushes and heather on the embankment wall

 

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The dam once provided vital water supplies for the nearby dyeworks at Midgehole

 

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Dam wall with foxgloves and ferns

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

26 July 2016

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View from near Outwood towards Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean

 

 

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6ft high bracken closing in on the path through Crimsworth Dean

 

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Looking over the sea of bracken along Crimsworth Dean towards Stoodley Pike

 

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Cattle grazing on the steep slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Swallows on telegraph wires in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 July 2016

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Weir on Crimsworth Dean Beck in Middle Dean Wood

 

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Remains of a iron palisade in Crimsworth Dean

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Overgrown dam in Middle Dean Wood that once stored water for the dyeworks lower down the valley near Midgehole

 

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Embankment path by watercourse in Crimsworth Dean

 

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The largest dam in Crimsworth Dean, a tranquil spot with bullrushes at the far end, a good place for reflections (and reflection)

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 July 2016

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Path running along by one of the dams in Middle Dean Wood in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Tree fringing the water by one of the dams in Middle Dean Wood

 

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Steps up to the embankment next to the dams

 

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Crimsworth Dean ‘rain forest’, a remarkable micro-climate

 

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Shallow-rooted mature beech tree toppled across one of the dams in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 July 2016

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Fallen tree resembling a giant stick insect in Graining Water, near confluence with Alcomden Water at Blake Dean

 

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Hebden Water between Widdop Gate and Blake Dean in Hardcastle Crags

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Remains of stone piers built to support a temporary wooden narrow gauge railway bridge over Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags, used to transport materials during the construction of the three Walshaw Dean reservoirs further up the valley during the early 20th century.

 

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View from Blake Dean end of Hardcastle Crags towards Walshaw Lodge

 

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And speaking of all things purple, here’s to the last hurrah of this summer’s foxgloves

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 July 2016

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It’s been a bumper year for bilberries, the wild blueberries which thrive on the acid soils of the Upper Calder Valley

 

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We’ve been busy picking on the steep slopes of Luddenden Dean and Hardcastle Crags

 

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It’s a slow business as the berries are quite small…

 

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The dark purply-black bilberries contrast with the bright yellowy-green leaves

 

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Bilberries make wonderful jam – a delicious well-earned reward for our labours

 

For more Bilberry Stories, click here

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 July 2016

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Wheat Ing Bridge in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck from Wheat Ing Bridge

 

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Wheat Ing Bridge is an old packhorse bridge connecting Abel Cote Wood…

 

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… and Horse Hey Wood

 

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Moss-covered walls of Wheat Ing Bridge

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 July 2016

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More perfect views from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well, near Hebden Bridge

 

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Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon, Hardcastle Crags in the middle distance and our beautiful hay meadow in the foreground

 

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Heptonstall village bathed in sunshine

 

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Idyllic panorama from Elmet Farmhouse holiday cottage…

 

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… Surely one of the best views in Yorkshire!

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 July 2016

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Crimsworth Dean at around 8am on the hottest day of the year

 

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Balmy early morning sunshine in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Looking towards the top of Crimsworth Dean with the aptly named ‘Stairs’ at the end 

 

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Copse of Scots Pine in Crimsworth Dean, a regular haunt for buzzards, goldfinches and green woodpeckers

 

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View towards Stoodley Pike from Crimsworth Dean on a blazing hot July morning

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 July 2016

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Evening view across the hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse framed by laburnum, lilac and ash trees

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial – also known as ‘Mini Stoodley’ – viewed across the fields from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Evening sunshine on the hay meadows at Slack, near Heptonstall

 

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View from Elmet Farmhouse with Heptonstall Church on the left and Pecket Well War Memorial on the right

 

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Path through our hay meadow

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 July 2016

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View across the Calder Valley from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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View from Elmet Farmhouse with our hay meadow in the foreground and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

 

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There are some wonderful skies and light effects on the hills during the long summer evenings in July 

 

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Our hay meadow has now turned a pinky white colour, contrasting with the dark green of the woods in Hardcastle Crags below

 

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The ancient village of Heptonstall perched on the hill above Hardcastle Crags with the dramatic contours of Langfield Common behind

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

16 July 2016

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Hardcastle Crags, view from Widdop Gate

 

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The character of the valley changes at this point as the woodland ends and the landscape becomes more open

 

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High path through Hardcastle Crags with the river in the valley below on the left

 

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Bracken-covered slopes at the top end of Hardcastle Crags looking towards Blake Dean

 

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Looking back towards Walshaw across Hardcastle Crags from Widdop Gate

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 July 2016

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Blake Dean at the top end of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Looking down the precipitous slopes to Hebden Water…

 

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… and along the valley across the bracken towards the woods

 

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Purple foxgloves provide a perfect foil to the vibrant green of the bracken

 

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Dropping down into the woods, the light dims and bracken is replaced by ferns

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 July 2016

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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… best viewed after heavy rain

 

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…when the full force of the beck surges over the rocks

 

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Old packhorse bridge just above Lumb Falls

 

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View down Crimsworth Dean Beck from above the main waterfall

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

13 July 2016

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Five views of the lush undulating slopes of  Luddenden Dean

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 July 2016

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Luddenden Dean bathed in glorious sunshine on sunday 3 July

 

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Moody skyline from Elmet Farmhouse yesterday afternoon

 

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Buffeted hay meadow yesterday afternoon – a brief interlude after plentiful rain

 

 

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Barn owl hunting over the fields at Pecket Well near Elmet Farmhouse yesterday evening

 

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Extra long wings and x-ray eyes, on the prowl after being confined to barracks because of the rain…

Although he’s currently doing a nightly fly-past, this barn owl is proving rather difficult to photograph as he doesn’t come out until dusk and he’s constantly on the move. Watch this space…

In the meantime, for more photos of Barry the Barn Owl, click here

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

11 July 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse in evening sunshine at 8pm on Sunday 3 July 2016

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The hay meadows are reaching maturity and have taken on a soft tawny hue

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Path through Elmet’s hay meadow with Stoodley Pike on the horizon on the right

 

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Hay meadows near and far on the hilltops, here at Pecket Well and beyond at Heptonstall

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 July 2016

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More fragments from Castle Carr a week ago

 

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Coat of arms that once adorned the mansion…

 

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…. now lying on the ground amongst the ruins

 

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How the mighty are fallen!

 

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For more photos of Castle Carr, click here

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 July 2016

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Vegetable garden next to Elmet Farmhouse in the spring

 

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Herbaceous border in front of the barn

 

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Elmet’s cottage garden in full bloom in the spring

 

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Tall thalictrums on the left, dark purple astrantia in the centre with a golden elder behind

 

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Flowers and shrubs framing the view from Elmet Farmhouse

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 July 2016

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Recent photos of the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Irises, geums and aquilegia…

 

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Alliums, peonies and violas…

 

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The profusion of flowers in the garden is complemented by the hay meadow beyond

 

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A sequence of plants is continuously coming into flower

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 July 2016

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More photos of the water gardens at Castle Carr last sunday – cascade descending into the circular pool where the fountain is situated

 

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Castle Carr fountain before the jet was switched on – two now defunct fountains at both corners at the far end

 

 

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Weir below reservoir dropping down to water gardens at Castle Carr

 

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Weir and upper pool in the water gardens at Castle Carr

 

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For more photos of Castle Carr, click here

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 July 2016

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Cow parsley and bullrushes…

 

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…  in one of the dams at Crimsworth Dean

 

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Path running alongside a watercourse in Crimsworth Dean

 

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The overgrown dams that once stored water for the nearby dyeworks now provide a habitat for a wealth of plants and animals

 

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Foxgloves in Crimsworth Dean – purple spires offsetting the dark green of the woods and the bright green of the meadows

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 July 2016

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Charolais cattle grazing at Horse Hey Farm at Pecket Well, above Crimsworth Dean, a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon – not a bad view from a bovine point of view (or human, come to that)

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It’s hardly surprising they look so contented grazing on this lush pasture in such beautiful surroundings!

 

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During the winter these cattle are fed on hay grown in the fields at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Shackleton Hill, with Crimsworth Dean in the foreground and the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags beyond

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 July 2016

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More gems from Castle Carr yesterday – this is all that remains of the huge Victorian mansion for which the fountains were created

 

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Just how is this tower staying up exactly?

 

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Zoom in and you see details of the decorative stonework which once adorned the entire building

 

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Sadly the rest of the building was demolished after the Second World War and the stone was sold for scrap. Hard to believe but it makes for a good Gothic ruin, especially with a moody sky like that as a backdrop 

 

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The foundations of the kitchen block with a mysterious arched door and a slightly Aztec feel!

For more photos of Castle Carr, click here

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

3 July 2016

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An outing to Luddenden Dean to see the famous fountain at Castle Carr

 

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Here it is on its way up…

 

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At its peak it rises 100ft – one of the highest fountains in the country, only Chatworth is higher

 

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Gravity-fed, rather than being pumped, the fountain rises purely from the force of the water

 

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An amazing display which only takes place a couple of times a year for charity – perfect conditions today

For more photos of Castle Carr, click here

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 July 2016

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View of Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike from field near Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well

 

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Hillside above Crimsworth Dean 

 

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Heptonstall Church and Stoodley Pike from across Crimsworth Dean

 

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Shackleton Hill and the wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Panoramic view from above Crimsworth Dean near Pecket Well

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

1 July 2016

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In praise of white things… Bog cotton on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well

 

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In praise of white things… Clouds and curlew

 

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In praise of white things… Elderflower in Crimsworth Dean

 

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In praise of white things… Fungi in Hardcastle Crags

 

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In praise of white things… Barn owl hunting in the gloaming above the hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse  

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

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