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.

Bluebell Bonanza

Bluebell Bonanza

May is a fabulous time of year in the valleys around Hebden Bridge because the woods are awash with bluebells. The last two years’ displays have been particularly intense because of the hot spring weather. These photos were taken in May 2017 and May 2018 in the beautiful wooded dales of Hardcastle Crags and Crimsworth Dean, both  just a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse. 



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The bluebells have been spectacular this year in Hardcastle Crags and Crimsworth Dean. These two beautiful National Trust woodlands – just a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse – are amongst the best bluebell woods in England. Mid May is the best time to see the bluebells, although they start flowering in late April and last through until early June.

As well as Crimsworth Dean and Hardcastle Crags, there are bluebells in Pecket Well Clough, Colden Clough, Luddenden Dean, Cragg Vale and many of the other narrow steep-sided wooded valleys around Hebden Bridge. These woods are beautiful are stunningly beautiful throughout the year, but you want to immerse yourself in bluebell heaven, come and stay at Elmet Farmhouse next May….

For more information about the woods of the Calder Valley, click here

© Text and photos copyright Lesley Jackson


Fifty Shades of Green

Fifty Shades of Green



Spring is a spectacular time of year in this part of the world. The landscape is completely transformed between April and June as the leaves come out on the trees, the bracken unfurls and the new grass shoots up in the fields. The lushness of the foliage and the vividness of the colours is breathtaking: fifty shades of green.

Spring flowers infuse the countryside with other amazing hues. In May the woods are carpeted with a haze of bluebells and the buttercups give the meadows a golden glow.

The photographs above record an early morning walk around the top end of Crimsworth Dean via Lumb Falls on 15 June 2015…

And the sequence below captures perambulation around Hardcastle Crags on 10 June 2015 at the height of the bluebell season, starting and finishing at Blake Dean…



© Text and images copyright Lesley Jackson