Summer Saunters

July jaunts in the Yorkshire hills and dales around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley in the South Pennines. A wildlife haven and walkers’ paradise in one of dramatic corners of Yorkshire, on the doorstep at Elmet Farmhouse.

Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

June Jaunts

June jaunts in the Yorkshire hills and dales around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley in the South Pennines. A wildlife haven and walkers’ paradise in one of dramatic corners of Yorkshire, on the doorstep at Elmet Farmhouse.

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

May Meanders


May meanders in the Yorkshire hills and dales around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley in the South Pennines. A wildlife haven and walkers’ paradise in one of dramatic corners of Yorkshire, on the doorstep at Elmet Farmhouse.

March Meanders

March hikes in the hills and dales around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley in the South Pennines. A wildlife haven and walkers’ paradise in one of dramatic corners of Yorkshire

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

Birds of many Feathers

Birds of many feathers flock together in the hills and dales around Hebden Bridge                                                                                                                                                           

                                              

Whether you’re a serious birdwatcher or simply enjoy observing garden birds, there’s a wealth of birdlife in the hills and dales around Hebden Bridge. Because of its hilltop location, Elmet Farmhouse is the perfect place for birdwatching. Surrounded by meadows, with woods and rivers in the valley below and open moorland on the uplands above, there’s an unusually diverse array of species in close proximity.

From golden plovers, lapwings and curlews up on ‘the tops’, to kestrels, swallows and pheasants in the fields, to woodpeckers, tawny owls and treecreepers in the woods and herons, dippers and grey wagtails by the river, there’s great scope for bird-watching in the Upper Calder Valley. These photos record some of the birds we’ve encountered locally in the last few years.

Blue Tits

Barn Owls

Black-headed Gulls

Blackbirds

Buzzards

Canada Geese

Chaffinches

Coal Tits

Curlews

Dippers

Fieldfares

Gadwall Ducks

Golden Plovers

Goldfinches

Goosanders

Great Spotted Woodpeckers 

Greenfinches

Grey Herons

Grey Wagtails

Greylag Geese

Herring Gulls

House Sparrows

Jackdaws

Jays

Kestrels

Lapwings

Little Owls

Mallard Ducks

Meadow Pipits

Mistle Thrushes

Northern Wheatears

Oystercatchers

Pheasants

Pied Wagtails

Ravens

Red Grouse

Redpolls

Redshanks

Redwings

Reed Buntings

Rooks

Sandpipers

Short-Eared Owls

Siskins

Skylarks

Snipe

Song Thrushes

Starlings

Swallows

Tawny Owls

Treecreepers

Tufted Ducks

Willow Warblers

Wrens

For up to date news about sightings by keen local birdwatchers, visit Calderdale Birds

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

January Jaunts

January hikes in the hills and dales around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley, a wildlife haven and walkers’ paradise in one of dramatic corners of Yorkshire

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

Photos of the Month 2019

Elmet Farmhouse Photos of the Month: 2019

Photos of the beautiful Yorkshire hills and dales around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley in the South Pennines. A wildlife haven and walkers’ paradise in one of dramatic corners of Yorkshire – on the doorstep at Elmet Farmhouse holiday cottage in Pecket Well

July 2019

View over the hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse in Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge
Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall with Hardcastle Crags in the valley below
Stoodley Pike and Heptonstal on hte horizon opposite Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well
Heptonstall village
Stoodley Pike on the Pennine Way above Hebden Bridge
Roe deer doe and her two young kids in the hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse
Roe deer in the long grass at dusk at Elmet Farmhouse
View through the veronicastrums in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse
Greenfinch in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse
Greenfinch feeding on hte hardy geranium seeds
Female house sparrow at Elmet Farmhouse
Wilcock Dam above Pecket Well reflecting blue sky
Golden plover chick on Wadsworth Moor making its plaintive cheeping cries
Beautiful plumage of golden plover on Limers Gate above Pecket Well
Hare lolloping along track above Pecket Well
Hare in the early morning sunshine above Pecket Well
Hare in field below Wadsworth Moor
Fledgling meadow pipit in Crimsworth Dean
Fledgling swallow at Laithe Farm in Crimsworth Dean
Soft downy feather of newly fledged swallow in Crimsworth Dean
Fledgling swallow sitting on a gate at Laithe Farm in Crimsworth Dean
Juvenile pied wagtail in Crimsworth Dean
Looking along Crimsworth Dean from near Grain Water Bridge
Patchwork of fields in Crimsworth Dean
Haymaking in Crimsworth Dean
Summer sunshine on Crimsworth Dean
Foxlgove on the hillside above wooded valley in Crimsworth Dean
First sighting of a siskin in Crimsworth Dean
Siskin in Crimsworth Dean
Foxglvoes in Crimsworth Dean
Reed buntinh perched on a foxglove in Crimsworth Dean
Bracken-covered slopes of Crimsworth Dean
Heron in the early morning sunshine in Crimsworth Dean
Flowering grasses by a drystone wall at Walshaw
Ripening hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse in Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge
Meadow grasses in the hay meadow at Elmet Farnhouse
Meadow grasses in the traditional hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse
Barn owl hunting over the hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse
Picture perfect summer’s day at Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge
White hay meadow contrasting with the dark green foliage of the woods in Hardcastle Crags
Roe deer family in the long grass of the hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse
Roe deer doe with her two kids in toe in the meadow at Elmet Farmhouse
Swirl of mist in Hardcastle Crags
Crimsworth Dean from near Nook
Sheep in Crimsworth Dean
50 shades green in Crimsworth Dean
Lane from Nook up onto Walshaw Moor above Crimsworth Dean
Ruined farmhouse at Coppy above Crimsworth Dean
Little owl in Crimsworth Dean
Drystone walls on Walshaw Moor
Cattle in hilltop meadows at Walshaw above Hardcastle Crags after the hay has been cut
Sheep above Crimsworth Dean

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

June 2019

River of Mist below Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well at 9pm on 9 June 2019

River of Mist below Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well at 9pm on 9 June 2019
Little owl in Crimsworth Dean, a wildlife haven in the dale near Elmet Farmhouse
Willow warbler amongst the bracken in Crimsworth Dean
Willow warbler amongst the bracken in Crimsworth Dean, one of many different types of birds in this beautiful valley near Elmet Farmhouse
View from Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean, a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse
The colours in the sky and in the valley are equally striking
Redshank perched on a wall on the moor
Lanky long-legged redshank, one of many ground-nesting birds on the moors
Yellow-breasted Grey Wagtail by the river
Goosander on Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags
Goosander with a bevy of ducklings heading upstream
Early evening midsummer view from Elmet Farmhouse with Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon
Skylark singing on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well
Golden plover near Limers Gate on Wadworth Moor

Golden plover chick emitting its poignant peeping cry on Wadsworth Moor above Elmet Farmhouse
A lovely spring morning in Crimsowrth Dean, looking along the valley towards the distant monument of Stoodley Pike
Graining Water at Blake Dean, Hardcastle Crags
Hebden Water at Blake Dean in Hardcastle Crags
View from Widdop Gate towards Blake Dean, Hardcastle Crags
Roe deer buck with antlers on Shackleton Hill above Hardcastle Crags
Meadow pipit in Crimsworth Dean, one of the most common birds on the fringes of the moor near Elmet Farmhouse
Glorious summer view over the hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike in the distance
View of Elmet Farmhouse from the hay meadow
Vegetable gardn and herbaceous border in front of the barn next to Elmet Farmhouse
View from the dining terrace at Elmet Farmhouse
Cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse brimming with flowers
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well on a beautiful summer’s afternoon at the end of June
Racing pigones lined up on the roof of their loft on Shackleton Hill above Hardcastle Crags
Golden plover chick with beauitful iridescent plumage peeping plaintively on Wadsworth Moor
Curlew perched on a wall against a backdrop of buttercups
Sandpiper, another long-beaker wader which heads inland to the Yorkshire moors to breed
Fluffy Sandpiper chick camouflaged against the rocks on the river bank
View of Hardcastle Crags from Blake Dean near Widdop Gate
Blake Dean at the top end of Hardcastle Crags, with Hebden Water at the bottom of the steep-sided valley
Sculptural sandstone stack above Alcomden Water near Blake Dean in Hardcastle Crags
Sheep sheltering under a tree next to track above Alcomden Water near Hardcastle Crags
Four views of a vociferous lapwing chicknear Walshaw Reservoir at Walshaw Dean
Sandpiper on the rocky banks of Walshaw Reservoir at Walshaw Dean
High-stepping Greylag Goose on the banks of Walshaw Reservoir in Walshaw Dean
Greylag duckling dipping its toe in the water at Walshaw Reservoir in Walshaw Dean
View from Walshaw towards Blake Dean along Hardcastle Crags

Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

May 2019

Wild garlic and bluebells in Crimsworth Dean, a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse
The ‘secret’ valley of Crimsworth Dean just below Elmet Farmhouse
Crimsworth Beck in Crimsworth Dean
Sun-drenched bluebells in Crimsworth Dean
Dry stone wall near Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean
Heron in Crimsworth Dean
Pecket Well War Memorial on Smeekin Hill with Heptonstall Church and Stoodley Pike
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge
Curlew on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well, a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse
Curlew on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well
Roe deer in Crimsworth Dean near Elmet Farmhouse
View over hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse in Pecket Well
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags
Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags
‘The Crags’ in the National Trust estate of Hardcastle Crags
Hardcastle Crags
View from ‘The Crags’ at Hardcastle Crags

Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags
Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags
Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags
Bluebells at Wddop Gate above Hardcastle Crags
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike
Pecket Well Clough below Elmet Farmhouse
Crimsworth Dean near Elmet Farmhouse
Skylark with insect in its beak on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well
Skylark with insect in its beak on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well
Skylark with insect in its beak on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike
Golden Plover chick near Limers Gate on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well
Golden Plover chick near Limers Gate on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well
Lapwing above Pecket Well
Staups Mill in Jumble Hole Clough near Hebden Bridge
Staups Mill in Jumble Hole Clough near Hebden Bridge
Jumble Hole Clough near Hebden Bridge
Jumble Hole Clough near Hebden Bridge
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike
Curlew in Crimsworth Dean
Curlew in Crimsworth Dean
Curlew in Crimsworth Dean
Curlew in Crimsworth Dean
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with Hardcastle Crags in the valley below
Crimsworth Dean
Pied wagtail in Crimsworth Dean
Pied wagtail in Crimsworth Dean
Pied wagtail in Crimsworth Dean
Pied wagtail in Crimsworth Dean
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with Hardcastle Crags below and Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon
View from Elmet Farmhouse with Heptonstall on the horizon
View from Elmet Farmhouse with Pecket Well War Memorial above Hardcastle Crags
Colden Water in Colden Clough near Heptonstall
Hebble Hole Bridge over Colden Water in Colden Clough near Heptonstall
Red campion in Colden Clough near Heptonstall
Heptonstall Church from Colden Clough
Wild flower meadow near Heptonstall above Hebden Bridge

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick


April 2019

Pair of new-born lambs at Shackleton above above Hardcastle Crags
\New-born lambs in early April at Walshaw above Hardcastle Crags
Walshaw Dean Reservoir
Bleached moorland grass on the banks of Walshaw Dean Reservoir
Courting curlews at Walshaw above Hardcastle Crags
Curlew close-ups – spindly legs and rapier-like beak
Northern Wheatear in Crimsworth Dean
Lapwing above Crimsworth Dean displaying its delicate crest
Forked crest of lapwing
A trio of oystercatchers at Leeshaw Reservoir near Oxenhope on the Haworth Old Road
Oystercatchers with their impressive long leg beaks and red eyes
Meadow pipit perched on barbed wire in Crimsworth Dean
Leafless trees in Hardcastle Crags
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well in early April with Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon
Lower Gorple Reservoir from the moorland above on the Pennine Bridleway to Colden
Standing stone above Lower Gorple Reservoir
Crimsworth Dean from Grain Farm with Stoodley Pike in the distance
New season lambs
Limers Gate above Pecket Well in Easter heatwave
Swaledale sheep on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well
Swaledale sheep with lambs on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well, as hort walk from Elmet Farmhouse
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with Hardcastle Crags in the valley overlooked by Heptonstall with Stoodley Pike beyond
Reservoir above Luddenden Dean
On the banks of the reservoirs above Luddenden Dean
Frosty April morning at Elmet Farmhouse in Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge
Stoodley Pike looking majestic perched above the Calder Valley
Heptonstall from Pecket Well War Memorial with Hardcastle Crags just starting to green up
Meadow pipit on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well
Pony in the field at Pecket Well near Elmet Farmhouse
Blackthorn in bloom in Pecket Well
Wild garlic in the woods in Crimsworth Dean
Crimsworth Dean in the April sunshine
Crimsworth Dean near Wheat Ing
Crimsworth Dean near Abel Cote
Looking towards Stoodley Pike from Shackleton Hill across Hardcastle Crags
New season lambs near Walshaw
Mallard with ducklings at Walshaw above Hardcastle Crags
A clutch of mallard ducklings at Wilcock Dam above Pecket Well
Looking across Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw with leaves coming out on the trees
Bleached moorland grass above Walshaw
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge with leaves coming out on the trees
Standing stone on Wadsworth Moor
Mound of stones on Wadsworth Moor
Northern Wheatear on Wadsworth Moor
Skylark on Wadsworth Moor
The first bluebells in Hardcastle Crags in late April
Rocky outcrops in the woods in Hardcastle Crags
Old packhorse track running up the hillside in Hardcastle Crags

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

March 2019

Crimsworth Dean, a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse
Crimsworth Dean looking along the valley from near Grain Water Bridge
Crimsworth Dean with a dusting of snow on the hillside
Roe deer in Crimsworth Dean near Elmet Farmhouse
The first lambs of the year above Hebden Bridge
New-born lamb on the hillside below Stoodley Pike
Starling hitching a ride on the back of a sheep near Horsehold above Hebden Bridge
Murmuration of starlings near Stone Booth Farm in Crimsworth Dean


Chaffinch
Lapwing newly returned to breed on the moorland above Crimsworth Dean
Oystercatchers on a wall at Walshaw Dean Reservoit above Hardcastle Crags
A copse of trees ringed by a drystone wall at Walshaw
Crimsworth Dean
Crimsworth Dean in the March sunshine
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with snow on the tops at Stoodley Pike
Early daffodils at Elmet Farmhouse
A host of golden daffodils at Elmet Farmhouse
Forsythia in full bloom at Elmet Farmhouse
Grass greening up in the meadow at Elmet Farmhouse with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

February 2019

Stoodley Pike from Deer Stones Edge above Pecket Well
Path across Wadsworth Moor from Deer Stones Edge to Luddenden Dean
Ventilation shaft for underground watercourse running beneath Wadsworth Moor carrying water from Widdop Reservoir to Halifax
Snow on Wadsworth Moor between Pecket Well and Luddenden Dean
Luddenden Dean from Wadsworth Moor
Snow on dry stone wall above Luddenden Dean
Frozen reservoir above Luddenden Dean

Frozen reservoir above Luddenden Dean
Tree shadows reflected in the ice of frozen reservoir above Luddenden Dean
Luddenden Dean looking towards Castle Carr

Frozen reservoir above Luddenden Dean photographed from opposite corner
‘We Two Together’: our shadows silhouetted in the frozen reservoir above Luddenden Dean
Second reservoir above Luddenden Dean, fuller and only partially frozen

Ice flow on reservoir above Luddenden Dean

Ice flow on reservoir above Luddenden Dean

Patterns in the ice on reservoir above Luddenden Dean
Sun on the snowy hillside near Stoodley Pike
Stoodley Pike with pattern of drystone walls in the snow photographed from above Old Town
Drystone walls and trees on snowy hillside above Hebden Bridge
Vew from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well in the snow with Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall
Stoodley Pike from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well in the snow
Heptonstall above Hebden Bridge in the snow
Stoodley Pike and the hilltop village of Heptonstall above Hebden Bridge in the snow
Pecket Well in the snow from Plumpton Farm
View from Deer Stone Edge above Pecket Well with Heptonstall in the distance
Swaledale sheep on snowy hillside above Horsehold and Hebden Bridge
Hardy Swaledale sheep in the snow near Stoodley Pike
Snowscape with rushes en route to Stoodley Pike
The ascent to Stoodley Pike via the Pennine Way from Hebden Bridge
View towards Pecket Well from Pennine Way leading up to Stoodley Pike
Rows of drystone walls slicing through the snow above Horsehold and Hebden Bridge
Drytstone walls near Stoodley Pike
View towards Todmorden from the summit at Stoodley Pike

Wainsgate Baptist Chapel, Old Town near Hebden Bridge
Graveyard at Wainsgate Baptist Chapel, Old Town near Hebden Bridge
Hardcastle Crags from Akroyd Lane between Pecket Well and Old Town above Hebden Bridge
Snowy vista from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall
A beautiful gate in Pecket Well after heavy snow
River of Mist from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall

River of Mist in Hardcastle Crags with Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall floating above
Stoodley Pike with River of Mist in Pecket Well Clough
Swathes of mist on the hillside above Hebden Bridge below Stoodley Pike
Mist drifting through Pecket Well Clough after freezing fog
River of Mist in Pecket Well Clough below Elmet Farmhouse with Stoodley Pike on the horizon
Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall Church floating above River of Mistin Hardcastle Crags
River of mist below Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge on 5 February 2019
Church in Saltaire village UNESCO World Heritage Site

Salt’s Mill in Saltaire village UNESCO World Heritage Site

Salt’s Mill in Saltaire village UNESCO World Heritage Site

Salt’s Mill in Saltaire village UNESCO World Heritage Site

Salt’s Mill in Saltaire village UNESCO World Heritage Site
Blake Dean, Hardcastle Crags

Blake Dean, Hardcastle Crags
Winter beech trees in Hardcastle Crags National Trust estate near Hebden Bridge

Winter trees in Hardcastle Crags National Trust estate near Hebden Bridge
Sheep in Crimsworth Dean
Sunny February morning in Crimsworth Dean
Early morning mist in Crimsworth Dean

Early morning mist in Crimsworth Dean with Old Town Mill on hillside
Thrush in Crimsworth Dean near Hebden Bridge
Sheep grazing at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean
Kestrel in Crimsworth Dean near Elmet Farmhouse holiday cottage
Crimsworth Dean with Haworth Old Road ascending Stairs at the end
Grain Farm and Cross Ends in Crimsworth Dean
Looking towards Widdop from Walshaw Moor

Looking towards Widdop from Walshaw Moor
Trees near Walshaw Lodge above Hardcastle Crags
View across Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw
Treeline above Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw
Donkeys at Abel Cote Farm in Crimsworth Dean

Donkeys at Abel Cote Farm in Crimsworth Dean

Goat at Abel Cote Farm in Crimsworth Dean

Goat at Abel Cote Farm in Crimsworth Dean
Mist rising on a warm February morning in Crimsworth Dean

Mist on the hilltop meadows above Crimsworth Dean
Stoodley Pike from Crimsworth Dean
Sheep near Grain Water Bridge in Crimsworth Dean

Sheep in Crimsworth Dean
First lapwings of the season newly arrived at Thurrish in Crimsworth Dean

First lapwings of the season newly arrived at Thurrish in Crimsworth Dean
Dunnock in Crimsworth Dean

Starlings in Crimsworth Dean
View from Deer Stones Edge across Wadsworth Moor

Misty morning on Deer Stones Edge across Wadsworth Moor
Greylag geese on Wilcock Dam above Pecket Well
Lonk sheep on farm above Pecket Well

Highland Cattle near Plumpton Farm above Pecket Well
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge

Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well

Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall in the early morning sunshine
Pheasant at Elmet Farmhouse, Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge
Pheasant with stunning plumage

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

January 2019

View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge on a frosty January morning
Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall with Hardcastle Crags in the valley below
The ancient village of Heptonstall on the hilltop opposite Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well
Stoodley Pike monument to the Battle of Waterloo on Langfield Edge above Hebden Bridge
Turneresque sunrise with moon sinking over Wadsworth Moor
A dusting of snow on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well

Sunrise over Stoodley Pike from Deer Stones Edge on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well
Sunrise at High Brown Knoll on Limers Gate on Wadsworth Moor at Pecket Well
Snowy view across Wadsworth Moor towards Widdop at sunrise
View across Hardcastle Crags to Slack Heptonstall from Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well
Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall from Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well
Snow-dusted Heptonstall village bathed in pink early morning sunshine
Limers Gate on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well at sunrise
Lower Gorple Reservoir from Heptonstall Moor
Fieldfare at Colden near Heptonstall
Coal tit on birdfeeder by the Rochdale Canal near Hebden Bridge
Four pheasants on the wall at Elmet Farmhouse in Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge
Winter view from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with Heptonstall Church and Stoodley Pike on the horizon above Hardcastle Crags
Roe deer grazing on the hillside in Crimsworth Dean near Hardcastle Crags
Roe deer in Crimsworth Dean
Ruins of Staups Mill in Jumble Hole Clough below Blackshaw Head
Remains of Staups Mill, an early 19th century textile mill in Jumble Hole Clough
Stone steps up steep hillside in Jumble Hole Clough, one of the spurs off the Calder Upper Valley
Beautifully crafted dry stone wall on the hillside above Mytholmroyd
Ancient packhorse track bounded by dry stone walls on the hillside above Mytholmroyd
Sunny winter’s morning at Blake Dean in Hardcastle Crags
Hebden Water running through the National Trust estate of Hardcastle Crags
Shadows cast by leafless trees in the winter sunshine in Hardcastle Crags
Chapel of St Thomas a Becket next to Church of St Thomas the Apostle in Heptonstall
13th century Chapel of St Thomas a Becket in Heptonstall with tower dating from 15th century
Inside the ruins of the Chapel of St Thomas a Becket in the ancient village of Heptonstall

Chapel of St Thomas a Becket in Heptonstall dating back to the 13th century
The grave of poet Sylvia Plath in Heptonstall Churchyard, with a posy of fresh flowers from the garden at Elmet Farmhouse on 17 January 2019
Crimsworth Dean in January with Stoodley Pike on the far horizon
Crimsworth Dean at dusk with full moon rising
Full moon over Crimsworth Dean
Snowy panorama from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well on 30 January 2019
Snow-covered trees at Elmet Farmhouse in Pecket Well
Elmet Farmhouse – frozen outside, toasty indoors

Snow-laden trees near Sprutts Farm in Pecket Well

Swaledale sheep negotiating the snow on Deer Stones Edge above Pecket Well
Swaledale sheep in the snow on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well
Foggy frosty morning in Crimsworth Dean
Snow-encrusted trees near Mididgehole in Crimsworth Dean
Snow-covered beech trees above one of the dams in Crimsworth Dean
Foggy frozen treescape in Crimsworth Dean – looks like someone has sifted flour on the woods
Looking up the steep snowy hillside near Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean
Every branch and every twig encrusted with ice crystals in Crimsworth Dean
Entering the woods near Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean to take the path up to Pecket Well
Crystallised beechnuts in Crimsworth Dean 31 January 2019

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

Deer oh Deer!

Deer oh Deer!

 

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This beautiful roe deer…

 

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… gave birth to this tiny kid in the hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse in early June 2016

 

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Mother and child doing well – here’s the kid having a feed

 

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And this is where it all happened – in the long grass of our hay meadow – with the backdrop of Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike. You can see just see the hind in the field on the lower right….

 

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And here she is leaping through the buttercups and sorrel, circling round protectively while her kid is curled up in the grass

 

Getting down with the kids!

 

As if 2016 wasn’t good enough, in 2017 our resident roe deer hind produced twins and in 2018  we were blessed with triplets. Presumably it’s the same hind who has returned, or possibly one of her grown-up kids. Either way, she clearly feels at home in the hay meadows at Elmet Farmhouse as she has chosen to  establish her nursery here again.

We spotted the twins in early June 2017 among the long grass with their mother but at that stage they were hard to see. It wasn’t until the hay  was cut in mid July that we were able to take some photographs in the late evening sunshine at the bottom of the field near our newly-planted trees.

The images from late May 2018 show one of the new-born triplets curled up in a ball. Another photograph taken a few weeks later shows how the kid has grown.

 

Roe Deer

Roe deer are regularly spotted in the wooded valleys around Hebden Bridge, especially early in the morning, sometimes venturing into the hilltop meadows or up onto the moors. The stags have small antlers and, when alarmed, they make a loud barking noise that echoes for miles around. These photographs were taken in Crimsworth Dean and Hardcastle Crags.

 

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

Photos of the Month 2017

Elmet Farmhouse Photos of the Month: 2017

A hand-picked selection of recent photos featuring views from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge and snapshots of the surrounding countryside in and around the Upper Calder Valley

 

December 2017

View from Elmet Farmhouse in the snow, with Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon

The snow-capped hilltop village of Heptonstall, directly opposite Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well

The towering monument of Stoodley Pike on the snowy ridge above Hebden Bridge

 

Trig point at High Brown Knoll on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well, a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse

 

Looking towards Warley Reservoir from High Brown Knoll on a snowy December morning

 

A lovely snowy winter walk up onto the tussocky moorland above Elmet Farmhouse

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

November 2017

Late autumn in Crimsworth Dean – the bracken has turned to russet but the grass is still a vibrant shade of green

 

Charolet cattle grazing in their scenic hilltop meadows above Crimsworth Dean and Hardcastle Crags

 

The precipitous bracken-covered slopes of Blake Dean at the top end of Hardcastle Crags

 

 

Late autumn splendour at Blake Dean

 

Blake Dean, where Alcomden Water and Graining Water meet to form Hebden Water, running through Hardcastle Crags

 

Hardcastle Crags, one of the most beautiful woodlands in the country, on the doorstep at Elmet Farmhouse

 

Stoodley Pike on a fine November day – no better destination for a hike near Hebden Bridge

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

October 2017

 

Elmet at Elmet! Congratulations to Fiona Mozley, whose highly-acclaimed novel Elmet was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. A new addition to the library at Elmet Farmhouse, alongside the Brontes and Ted Hughes

 

Autumn view from Elmet Farmhouse, as featured on the cover of Ted Hughes’s Remains of Elmet

 

Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall with autumn sunshine bouncing off the hills

 

Jewel-like colours on the hilltop hay meadows at Heptonstall

 

Residual purple in the heather moorland above Blake Dean beyond Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 September 2017

View of Heptonstall from Elmet Farmhouse at 7.25am on 19 September 2017 – beautiful pinky-purple light on the hills beyond

 

Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall in the early morning sunshine, with the trees in Hardcastle Crags just starting to turn

 

Multiple pockets of early morning mist clinging to the woods in Hardcastle Crags, viewed from Crimsworth Dean

 

River of mist in the Calder Valley between Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike, photographed at 6.54am on 19 September 2017

 

The magnificent newly-restored Halifax Piece Hall, built in 1779 for merchants to trade locally-made hand-woven woollen cloth

 

Looking more like an Italian piazza than an 18th century cloth market, the impressive Grade I Listed Halifax Piece Hall now houses cafes and shops and provides a unique venue for outdoor events

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

August 2017

This month’s photos are devoted to the spectacular display of heather above Widdop Reservoir, not far from Hardcastle Crags. Seen here is a dramatic rocky outcrop called Dove Stones slicing up through the heather moorland on Widdop Moor.

 

View along Great Edge, a rocky gritstone outcrop running for a mile or so above Widdop Reservoir

 

Great Edge with heather in full bloom on Widdop Moor

 

Widdop Reservoir from Widdop Moor

 

Widdop Reservoir from Great Edge in the early morning sunshine

 

Cludders Slack above Widdop Reservoir

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

July 2017

 

Deer oh deer! A beautiful roe deer kid in the field at Elmet Farmhouse, one of pair of twins born in our hay meadow in June.

 

Double at t’mill! Gibson Mill reflected in the millpond in Hardcastle Crags on a lovely sunny July morning.

 

View of Gibson Mill with the old packhorse bridge in the heart of Hardcastle Crags

 

Hebden Water, the river running through the narrow gorge-like valley of Hardcastle Crags, with its verdant summer canopy

 

First cut: the start of this year’s haymaking in the meadow at Elmet Farmhouse, with the panoramic backdrop of Heptonstall Church and Stoodley Pike

 

Making hay while the sun shines in the meadow at Elmet Farmhouse. The grass is turned several times so that it dries out before being baled.

 

View from Elmet Farmhouse with swathes of mist rising up from Hardcastle Crags and swirling around the hilltop village of Heptonstall, taken at 7.30am on 23 July 2017

 

© Photos copyright Ian Fishwick and Lesley Jackson

 

June 2017

 

The magical hidden valley of Jumble Hole Clough, one of the numerous spurs off the Upper Calder Valley near Hebden Bridge

 

The atmospheric ruins of Staups Mill in Jumble Hole Clough

 

Golden plover chick on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well – listen out for the peeps

 

Curlew in Crimsworth Dean 

 

On the tops above Walshaw between Crimsworth Dean and Hardcastle Crags

 

Well-fed lambs on the lush green slopes above Hardcastle Crags with golden buttercups in the hilltop hay meadows across the valley 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

May 2017

 

One subjects dominates this month… bluebells

 

An aurora borealis of bluebells in Hardcastle Crags

 

Close up and personal with the bluebells and stitchwort in Hardcastle Crags

 

Bluebells carpeting the earth beneath the trees in Hardcastle Crags

 

Newly-unfurled beech leaves overhanging Hebden Water in the woodland paradise of Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

April 2017

 

Lamb piggy back in Crimsworth Dean

 

Number 1: new-born lamb in Crimsworth Dean

 

Early spring sunshine in Crimsworth Dean

 

Ramsons (aka wild garlic) in the woods in Crimsworth Dean

 

A river of ramsons rampaging down the steep slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

March 2017

 

Mill chimney in Colden Clough near Heptonstall

 

Evocative remains from a huge complex of mills in the woods near Lumb Bank in Colden Clough

 

Elmet Farmhouse in the spring sunshine with a dazzling display of daffodils

 

View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well, looking towards Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike

 

The handsome stone mullion windows of 18th century Elmet Farmhouse, with forsythia and daffodils in the garden

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

February 2017

 

River of Mist in Hardcastle Crags below Elmet Farmhouse with Stoodley Pike on the  horizon

Mist clearing in Pecket Well Clough below Elmet Farmhouse

 

Expectant sheep at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

Heron nest-building in the treetops above Hardcastle Crags

 

Early morning above Colden Clough near Heptonstall

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

January 2017

 

Stoodley Pike from bridleway above Horsehold, near Hebden Bridge

 

View from Pecket Well towards Heptonstall

 

View along Crimsworth Dean towards Stoodley Pike

 

Sheep in the bracken in Crimsworth Dean

 

Walshaw Lodge above Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Photo Journal – January 2017

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, and a few forays further afield. Yorkshire at its finest. Enjoy!

These are the last entries in my Five A Day Photo Journal covering 12 months from 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2017. Scroll down to see how the landscape and the natural world evolves from season to season over the course of the year.

 

31 January 2017

Walshaw Lodge above Hardcastle Crags 

 

 

View across Hardcastle Crags towards Heptonstall Moor

 

Looking across Hardcastle Crags near Walshaw, with Heptonstall Moor on the far hilltop

 

Moorland between Walshaw and Crimsworth Dean

 

Pony on top of the moor 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

30 January 2017

Former quarry in Crimsworth Dean, below Shackleton Hill

 

Track through a copse of Scots Pine trees near boundary of National Trust estate in Crimsworth Dean

 

Meadow in Crimsworth Dean, at the foot of Shackleton Hill, where Ted Hughes camped as a child

View from Walshaw across Hardcastle Crags towards Stoodley Pike

 

Looking towards Slack Top and Stoodley Pike across Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 January 2017

View from Elmet Farmhouse at 10.30 am as the early morning fog was clearing

 

Blue sky over the woods in Crimsworth Dean at at 11.37 am

The beauty of leafless trees in winter

 

An oak tree in Crimsworth Dean, near Mideghole

 

Drystone retaining wall of disused dam in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 January 2017

This year we will be wearing…

 

… lots of extra layers…

 

… because it’s cold out there

 

… in Crimsworth Dean

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 January 2017

Freezing fog makes for some intriguing visual effects – that’s Old Town mill chimney on the right

 

View from Pecket Well War Memorial, looking towards Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike, with River of Mist in the Calder Valley

 

Three monuments in alignment: Stoodley Pike, Heptonstall Church and Pecket Well War Memorial

 

Pecket Well War Memorial honouring the dead from the First and Second World Wars – echoing the obelisk form of Stoodley Pike

 

Peachy sky over Old Town early on monday morning

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 January 2017

Extras from Baa-Baa Land in Martin Parr’s old haunt of Crimsworth Dean

 

As retweeted today by the Martin Parr Studio!

 

Crimsworth Dean looking rather ethereal early yesterday morning

 

Nonconformist sheep in Crimsworth Dean

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 January 2017

Beautiful pink sky in Crimsworth Dean at 8.15 am this morning

 

Sunrise over Old Town

 

View along Crimsworth Dean towards Heptonstall

 

Old Town Mill chimney on the horizon from Crimsworth Dean at 8.11 am

 

Crimsworth Dean on an early January morning

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 January 2017

Hebden Dale from Pecket Well War Memorial at 7.50 am this morning

 

Old Town Mill chimney silhouetted against the sunrise at 7.45 am this morning

 

River of Mist in the Calder Valley at 8.55 am yesterday morning

Sunset in Crimsworth Dean last friday afternoon

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 January 2017

View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge at 9 am this morning

 

Freezing fog at dawn melted into a River of Mist at sunrise

 

Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall separated by the River of Mist

 

Hard frost on the hills, mist in the valleys

 

Stoodley Pike rising above it all

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 January 2017

The Queen of Crimsworth Dean

 

Top of the Flocks

 

View along Crimsworth Dean in late afternoon January sunshine

 

Heptonstall Church in the centre, Stoodley Pike on the far right

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 January 2017

 

Yesterday’s glorious sunset at Elmet Farmhouse

 

 

After days of overcast skies the cloud lifted – this was the scene earlier in the day at 2.50pm

 

Rosy sunset after a warm sunny day spent planting apple trees in the field

 

Perfect backdrop to Stoodley Pike

 

Looking towards the west from Elmet Farmhouse at 4.45pm

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 January 2017

Beautiful sunset in Crimsworth Dean at 4.10pm this afternoon

 

Pink haze over Crimsworth Dean with Stoodley Pike on the far horizon

 

Pastoral scene in Crimsworth Dean

 

 

Stoodley Pike framed by the steep wooded slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 January 2017

Percy the Pheasant in the field in front of Elmet Farmhouse

 

Muted view from Elmet Farmhouse on a mild cloudy January morning

 

Fungi on lilac tree in the garden

 

Beautiful patterns and colours

 

Ivy-clad gateposts and ornate Victorian gate leading into the field in front of Elmet Farmhouse

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 January 2017

Crimsworth Dean Beck near Midgehole and Hardcastle Crags

 

Still some copper-coloured leaves clinging to the beech saplings in Crimsworth Dean

 

Cornus ablaze at Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean

 

Packhorse bridge over Crimsworth Dean Beck at Wheat Ing

 

View from Pecket Well towards Heptonstall on a mild misty January morning

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 January 2017

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Crimsworth Dean on a mizzly January morning

 

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Leafless trees silhouetted against the misty landscape

 

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Everything is in soft focus and looking rather muted

 

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Pecket Well ponies looking a bit bedraggled

 

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But at least they live in a des res

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 January 2017

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Looking down on Luddenden Dean from Wadsworth Moor

 

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Snowy expanse on Wadsworth Moor, looking in the direction of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Reservoir on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well

 

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Winter heather with its characteristic deep purplish-brown hue contrasting with the snow

 

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Wadsworth Moor above Old Town a couple of days ago

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 January 2017

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Walking up to Limers Gate up on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well yesterday morning

 

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Sun blazing on the snowy hills

 

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Swaledale sheep camouflaged in the snow

 

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Here today, gone tomorrow…

 

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Enjoy it while you can!

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 January 2017

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Snowy panorama from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge

 

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Stoodley Pike looking particularly magnificent, the snow highlighting the contours of Langfield Common, the ridge on which it stands

 

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Heptonstall looking positively alpine 

 

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Our recentCanadian guests compared the view to the Rockies, and you can see why!

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial with Hardcastle Crags and Shackleton Hill beyond

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 January 2017

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Spectacular sunset at Elmet Farmhouse at 4.20 pm yesterday afternoon

 

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Amazing colours reflected off the newly-fallen snow

 

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This view is across the fields from here at Pecket Well towards Lower Crimsworth

 

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Heptonstall church is just visible on the horizon on the left

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 January 2017

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Snowy panorama from Elmet Farmhouse at noon today

 

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We’re back in the throes of winter

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial on Smeekin Hill with mist rising from Hardcastle Crags

 

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A blizzard of sorts, but not particularly heavy

 

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Pecket Well Clough in the middle distance with Heptonstall on the hill above Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 January 2017

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge at 11am

 

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Ivy clad gateposts flanked by lilac and laburnum trees

 

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View from Elmet Farmhouse with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

 

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Stoodley Pike on the far side of the Calder Valley

 

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Winter sunhsine on the village of Heptonstall perched on the hill above Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 January 2017

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Hebden Bridge in the winter sunshine…

 

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… glowing with pride after winning the Great British High Street Competition

 

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Not only Best Small Market Town…

 

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But the People’s Choice as well, attracting 40,000 votes from its admirers

 

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Hip Hip Hooray for Hebden Bridge! What a top-notch little town

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 January 2017

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Aternoon sunshine in evergreen Crimsworth Dean

 

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“I’m ready for my close up”

 

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Aerial vew of Crimsworth Dean, looking towards The Steps

 

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Well-insulated sheepin Crimsworth Dean, ready for whatever the winter has to throw at them

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Rosy Crimsworth Dean sunset on New Year’s Day, with Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 January 2017

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Two waterfalls side by side with a plunge pool below

 

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Packhorse bridge over Crimsworth Dean Beck above Lumb Falls

 

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Looking downstream along Crimsworth Dean Beck from the packhorse bridge

 

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And looking upstream along Crimsworth Dean Beck from the packhorse bridge at Lumb Falls

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 January 2017

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Ruins of 13th century chapel at Heptonstall

 

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Weavers Square in Heptonstall with the tower of the chapel in the background

 

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Alleyway with arched gateway near the churchyard in Heptonstall

 

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Top ‘oth Town, next to Weavers Square in Heptonstall

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 January 2017

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Pink early morning sunshine on the frosty hills above Hardcastle Crags at Blake Dean

 

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Blake Dean wearing its winter coat

 

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Hardcastle Crags below Widdop Gate at 9 am

 

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Sun catching the tops of the hills through the trees in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Farm on the horizon near Widdop Gate above Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 January 2017

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Heavy frost at Blake Dean, Hardcastle Crags

 

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Frost-coated bracken by Hebden Water

 

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Parting of the Red Sea

 

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Scots Pine and rocky outcrops near Blake Dean

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

4 January 2017

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View from Elmet Farmhouse in the village of Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge at 12.30 pm today 

 

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With Stoodley Pike in the distance and Heptonstall on the horizon, surely this is one of the most perfect panoramas in Yorkshire

 

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A glorious view all year round 

 

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Here it is again with a pinkish glow at 15.40 pm in the afternoon two days ago 

 

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And back to the here and now

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 January 2017

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Hebden Bridge beaming in the January sunshine

 

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Winner of the Best Small Market Town in the Great British High Street Competition

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What a heroic achievement!

 

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What an amazing setting…

 

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… what a remarkable town

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 January 2017

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A walk to Stoodley Pike on beautiful frosty January morning

 

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The stark beauty of leafless trees

 

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Sheep on the hillside below Stoodley Pike 

 

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Busy day up at Stoodley Pike – the fine weather brought people out in throngs!

 

 

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View across the Calder Valley from Stoodley Pike

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 January 2017

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Crimsworth Dean at 15.20 pm

 

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Late afternoon sun in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Sheep at Walshaw

 

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Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Thrush in Crimsworth Dean

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson