Photo Journal – October 2016

Have you had your Five a Day?

Five photos taken on walks in the countryside around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley, interspersed with views from Elmet Farmhouse and a foray into Wharfedale. Yorkshire at its finest. Enjoy!

 

31 October 2016

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Larch tree overhanging Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags

 

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

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

 

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

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

30 October 2016

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Hardcastle Crags resplendent in its autumn attire

 

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The colours are intoxicating

 

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The camera doesn’t really do them justice

 

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Hebden Water running through Hardcastle Crags

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Dazzling late October spectacle down in Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 October 2016

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Autumn kaleidoscope in Pecket Well Clough

 

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Just a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse in Pecket Well

 

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

 

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Beech trees in Pecket Well Clough

 

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The fallen beech leaves create a vibrant carpet 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 October 2016

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

 

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

 

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Heptonstall from Pecket Well

 

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A river of trees at Midegehole…

 

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

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 October 2016

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Cracking colours in Crimsworth

 

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Bucolic bliss in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Lunchtime at the Crimsworth milk bar 

 

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Packhorse track up through Pecket Well Clough…

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 October 2016

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Old Town Mill chimney poking out over trees above Hardcastle Crags

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Light catching the trees at Spring Wood, Hardcastle Crags

 

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Autumn palette in Crimsworth Dean

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 October 2016

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

 

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

 

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

 

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A melange of russet and green in Crimsworth Dean

 

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View along Crimsworth Dean towards Heptonstall

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 October 2016

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Autumn glory in Crimsworth Dean

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Crimsworth Dean woods captured at the peak of perfection

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A particularly beautiful oak tree in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Climbing up Kitling Clough to Pecket Well

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 October 2016

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A familiar view but subtly different with every passing cloud

 

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

 

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View across Hardcastle Crags from Shackleton Hill

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 October 2016

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Sheep on the hills at Walshaw

 

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Blake Dean looking pretty as a picture

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Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw

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Graveyard at Slack Top with Stoodley Pike on the far horizon

 

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Sun ricocheting off the hilltop meadows at Walshaw, with the dark green woods of Hardcastle Crags nestling in the valley below

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 October 2016

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Dazzling autumn colours closer to home in Crimsworth Dean…

 

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… our very own unofficial ‘National Park’

 

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Autumn has come late but it was worth waiting for 

 

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 October 2016

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Bolton Abbey in the gloaming

 

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

 

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

 

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Autumn colours on the Wharfe

 

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Last glimpse of Bolton Abbey

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 October 2016

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Never underestimate the power of water

 

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The Strid looking decidedly malevolent

 

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Here it is again being forced into the invisible 

 

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

 

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River Wharfe running through Strid Wood

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 October 2016

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

 

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The water surges through a narrow channel in the rocks…

 

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

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

 

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Although the surface of the water is churned up, there’s no indication of the depth of the river or the force of the current, which is why the Strid is so dangerous

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 October 2016

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River Wharfe upstream of Bolton Abbey

 

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What could be more pleasant on an October afternoon…

 

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

 

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The river itself is a sight to behold…

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 October 2016

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

 

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Strolling by the River Wharfe on a tranquil autumn afternoon

 

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

 

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On top of the castellated Barden Bridge

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 October 2016

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

 

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

 

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Moss-covered rocks on the banks of the Strid

 

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

 

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River Wharfe in a more tranquil state further downstream

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 October 2016

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Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale – a famous beauty spot

 

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The romantic roofless ruin epitomises the picturesque

 

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Gothic arched windows and remnants of tracery

 

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

 

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Autumn trees in Wharfedale

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 October 2016

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The steep wooded valleys of Calderdale, such as Luddenden Dean, provide the ideal habitat for fungi

 

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A sombre but soft-edged morning in Luddenden Dean

 

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Cool mist hanging like a heat haze

 

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Footpaths created by Luddenden sheep

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

 

12 October 2016

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A statuesque cow in Crimsworth Dean

 

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The beech trees morphing from green to gold to russet

 

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

 

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Keats was spot on

 

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Decidous oak, beech and sycamore mixed with evergreen Scots pine

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 October 2016

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Crimsworth Dean burnished with gold

 

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The colours are intensifying every day

 

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

 

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who needs fireworks with a spectacular display like this?

 

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

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 October 2016

 

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

 

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Is it a long-necked labradoodle or a llama?

 

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

 

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

 

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Actually they live at Apple Tree Farm at Blackshawhead, near Heptonstall, and you can go trekking with them if you want

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

9 October 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse near Hebden Bridge at 10.10 am

 

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Every day brings subtle changes to the palette of the landscape

 

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The woods have taken on browner hues

 

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Crimsworth Dean War Memorial across the fields from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

8 October 2016

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View from Blackshaw Head… 

 

 

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…across Jumble Hole Clough

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There’s no escape from Stoodley Pike!

 

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The natives are friendly…

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

7 October 2016

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Dam in Crimsworth Dean looking decidedly end of season

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck half way up the valley

 

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All the plants are on the turn…

 

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… in a good way

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 October 2016

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Threatening sky in Crimsworth Dean

 

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

 

 

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The short-lived bracken is giving up the ghost

 

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And the leaves on the trees are finally turning golden

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 October 2016

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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

 

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View along Crimsworth Dean Beck from Lumb Falls…

 

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… I’m happy just to look!

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 October 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well…

 

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

 

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The awe-inspiring monument of Stoodley Pike…

 

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

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 October 2016

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Stoodley Pike – ready for lift off!

 

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

 

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The Crimsworth – Walshaw Loop – a perennial favourite of mine

 

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The walk starts and finishes here in Crimsworth Dean

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 October 2016

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

 

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

 

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Stoodley Pike on the far horizon, distant but ever present

 

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Looking down over Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw

 

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

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 October 2016

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Early autumn colours at Blake Dean, Hardcastle Crags

 

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Bracken and trees on the turn at Blake Dean

 

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Autumn is rather late this year …

 

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…after a mild September

 

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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

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