October Expeditions

October is the month for walking in the woods and relishing the spectacular autumn colours as the leaves turn russet and gold. The steep wooded dales around Hebden Bridge are stunning at this time of year, particularly Hardcastle Crags and Crimsworth Dean, where many of these photos were taken.

Walk from the door at Elmet Farmhouse holiday cottage in the village of Pecket Well, where the hills meet the heavens. The views from up here are intoxicating, with Stoodley Pike and Hetptonstall on the opposite hill and the wooded ravines of Pecket Well Clough and Hardcastle Crags in the valley below.

Another nearby valley with mellow autumn hues is Shibden Dale, near Shibden Hall, Halifax, home of the 19th century diarist Anne Lister (‘Gentleman Jack’). The National Trust estate of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal near Ripon also has beautiful centuries-old trees, which are particularly colourful in the autumn. So, as well as the dales on the doorstep, there are many beauty spots in this corner of Yorkshire for inspiring autumn walks.

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson

September Hikes

Landscape and wildlife photographs taken during September in the hills and dales around the Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge. A walkers’ paradise and wildlife haven in one of dramatic corners of Yorkshire, on the doorstep at Elmet Farmhouse holiday cottage at Pecket Well, above Hebden Bridge, near Hardcastle Crags, Haworth and the Yorkshire Dales.

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson

August Ambles

Photographs of landscape and wildlife taken during August walks in the Yorkshire hills and dales around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley in the South Pennines. A walkers’ paradise and haven for nature in one of dramatic corners of Yorkshire, on the doorstep at Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well, near Haworth and the Yorkshire Dales.

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.

April Peregrinations

April Peregrinations 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

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

February Forays

February 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

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