Photo Journal – September 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 Swaledale. Yorkshire at its finest. Enjoy!

30 September 2016

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Back at the ranch…

 

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well, near Hebden Bridge, at 13.19pm

 

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Heptonstall Church with post-harvest hay meadows catching the September sunshine

 

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Stoodley Pike looking moody and magnificent

 

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Going out in a blaze of glory!

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 September 2016

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Back on home turf – an early morning walk at Heptonstall

 

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Heptonstall Church in the pink early morning sunshine

 

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Mill chimney in Colden Clough, near Lumb Bank

 

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Colden Water flowing through Colden Clough, below Heptonstall

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 September 2016

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A wobbly drystone wall …

 

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…a classic Swaledale barn

 

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… and an archetypal Swaledale sheep

 

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Bridge over the River Swale at Ivelet

 

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Limestone outcrops in Swaledale between Muker and Keld

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

27 September 2016

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Limestone scar on the hillside above Swaledale

 

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Cliffs running along the crest of the hill

 

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Muker nestling in the bosom of Swaledale

 

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Rash, near Muker in Swaledale

 

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Purple heather on the distant hills

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

26 September 2016

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Swinnerside Gill in Swaledale

 

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Swinnerside Gill with the River Swale in the distance

 

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Swaledale between Muker and Keld

 

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Heather on the hills above Swaledale

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

25 September 2016

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Head of Swinnerside Gill

 

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Waterfalls re-shaped by the impact of lead-mining during the 19th century

 

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Looking down Swinnerside Gill towards Swaledale

 

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Rocky gorge below steep-sided valley 

 

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Swinnerside Gill

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

24 September 2016

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Swinnerside Gill, an offshoot from the main Swaledale valley between Muker and Keld

 

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A narrow gorge with craggy rocks on either side

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An impressive natural geological feature..

 

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… marked by the legacy of lead mining

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

23 September 2016

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Seductive Swaledale barns

 

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Traditionally, each field in Swaldale had a barn…

 

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…used for storing hay and for housing cattle in the winter

 

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River Swale between Muker and Keld

 

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Swinnerside Gill, a rocky gorge leading off from Swaledale, near Muker

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

22 September 2016

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The mighty River Swale

 

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Narrow and shallow for much of the time…

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… but deep and wide in full spate after prolonged heavy rain

 

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Riverside path between Gunnerside and Muker

 

 

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Swaledale sheep and Swaledale barns

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

21 September 2016

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A handsome farmhouse 

 

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…in a remote spot above Swaledale

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Built from the same limestone as the walls and the rocky outcrops on the hills

 

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It’s a tough life up here…

 

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…but dazzlingly beautiful

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

20 September 2016

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Limestone scar above the Askrigg road leading from Swaledale to Wensleydale

 

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After walking up the road below the scar, we climbed up onto the top of the ridge

 

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The whiteish grey colour of the limestone makes the rocky outcrops stand out on the grassy hillside

 

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The rock looks as though it has been quarried but it’s formed by natural erosion

 

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Looking back towards Swaledale from the top of the scar

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

19 September 2016

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Climbing up the Askrigg road from Swaledale

 

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Meadows and moor

 

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The valley leading to Askrigg is dominated by an imposing limestone scar

 

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Cliffs above, scree below

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

18 September 2016

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Pockets of sunshine illuminating the hills in Swaledale between Muker and Keld

 

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View from the Pennine Way, looking towards Swinnerside Gill

 

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Shafts of sunshine on the bracken and heather-clad hills above Swaledale

 

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Crackpot near Keld, ruined buildings and spoil tips from mining and quarrying

 

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Looking up the gorge-like Swinnerside Gill from the other side of Swaledale

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

17 September 2016

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Hardy Swaledale sheep with their distinctive black and white faces and curly horns

 

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Remains of a lime kiln, where crushed limestone was burnt  to produce lime

 

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Tree growing out of a lime kiln near Keld in Swaledale

 

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Rowan trees laden with red berries

 

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River Swale with limestone cliff above Keld in Swaledale

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

16 September 2016

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Cascades above Keld on the River Swale in Upper Swaledale

 

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Waterfall at Keld…

 

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One of many in and around the village

 

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Looking down the River Swale below Keld

 

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Keld waterfall with red-berried rowan, known as mountain ash

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

15 September 2016

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Limestone outcrops on the hills above Keld in Swaledale

 

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These pale grey cliffs and screes cutting through the grassy slopes are known as scars

 

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Rolling Pennine hills between Thwaite and Keld

 

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Criss-crossed by drystone walls and dotted with farms and barns

 

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‘Top of the world Ma!’

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

14 September 2016

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Swaledale sheep in their native habitat

 

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The meandering River Swale…

 

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… between Muker and Keld

 

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One of the most tranquil and beautiful spots in Yorkshire

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

13 September 2016

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Swinnerside Gill in Swaledale

 

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Limestone outcrops in Swinnerside Gill

 

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The head of Swinnerside Gill, formerly a major leadmining site

 

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River Swale winding through Swaledale between Muker and Keld

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

12 September 2016

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View from the churchyard at Keld in Swaledale

 

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The lush pastures high up near Keld in Swaledale have some similarities to the higlltop hay  meadows above Hebden Bridge in the Upper Calder Valley

 

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River Swale at Kisdon below Keld

 

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Limestone outcrops on the hillside near Keld in Swaledale

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

11 September 2016

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Kisdon Force in Swaledale…

 

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…One of a series of magnificent waterfalls near the village of Keld

 

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Kisdon Force tumbling over the craggy limestone rocks

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

10 September 2016

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Foundling’s Hospital in the village of Linton up in the Yorkshire Dales

 

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A grand building with a humble purpose

 

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Beck running through the village of Linton, near Wharfedale

 

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17th century house in Linton…

 

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…with a carved marriage stone over the doorway

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 September 2016

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Pumpkin ripening in the vegetable garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Another one on the way…

 

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Last crops of the season…

 

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Courgettes and beans

 

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Oh Gourd! 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 September 2016

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Emley Moor transmitter over towards Huddersfield, viewed from Wadsworth Moor in the early morning sunshine

 

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Looking down on Heptonstall from Wadsworth Moor

 

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Mother and child reunion – Highland Cattle at Pecket Well

 

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Northern Wheatear – another of our local residents

 

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The markings indicate that this is a female, as the males have a white stripe above the eye

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

7 September 2016

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The summer holidays may be officially over, but it’s still as verdant as ever here at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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How could you ever tire of this view?

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Heptonstall Church perched on the hilltop opposite Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Monumental Stoodley Pike on the far side of the Calder Valley

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 September 2016

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Long-stemmed pink dianthus – the centrepiece of the front garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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The garden is designed to complement the view

 

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Sprays of sun-loving white viola

 

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Lots of interesting foliage as well as the colourful flowers

 

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Planter encircled by ridged terracotta tiles

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 September 2016

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Front garden in full bloom at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Pink Japanese anemones and dark crimson potentillas in the herbaceous border in front of the barn next to Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Alchemilla mollis and frilly pink Japanese anemones

 

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Herbaceous border next to outdoor seating area at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 September 2016

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The velvety slopes of Crimsworth Dean at 3 o’clock in the afternoon

 

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Looking towards the woods of Crimsworth Dean with Hardcastle Crags in the distance

 

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Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at 5pm on a sunny September afternoon

 

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Stoodley Pike on the left, Heptonstall church on the right, Hardcastle Crags in the foreground

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 September 2016

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If you like gardens, you’ll love Elmet Farmhouse

 

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This is the herbaceous border in front of the barn next to the farmhouse

 

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The barn is south-facing so the sun bounces off the walls

 

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This creates a good micro-climate for growing flowers 

 

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Herbaceous border viewed from the outdoor dining area in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 September 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse with vegetable garden and historic Grade II Listed barn

 

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Two views of the farmhouse from the field shortly after it had been cut for hay

 

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A characterful caterpillar…

 

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… crawling about the undergrowth

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 September 2016

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Striated rocks on Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir

 

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Open heather moorland on the hilltop above Widdop Reservoir

 

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Widdop, one of a string of reservoirs on the moors beyond Hardcastle Crags 

 

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Looking back along Great Edge…

 

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Looking up towards Great Edge from Widdop Reservoir

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

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