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.

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

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

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. 

 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Photo Journal – June 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 in the village of Pecket Well. Yorkshire at its finest. Enjoy!                        (Lesley Jackson)

 

30 June 2016

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View towards Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw Moor above Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean, near Pecket Well

 

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Walking in the footsteps of Ted Hughes…

 

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… who roamed this valley as a child

 

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Foxgloves by the beck at Crimsworth Dean, curlews and lapwings overhead

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 June 2016

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Photos from last saturday’s circuit around the Crimsworth Walshaw Loop

 

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Inspiring views across Hardcastle Crags with Stoodley Pike peeping out on far horizon

 

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Late afternoon sunshine turning the hilltop meadows luminous green

 

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Above Hardcastle Crags near Walshaw

 

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Moorland meadow with reeds bursting through the grass above Crimsworth Dean – accompanied by a chorus of curlews

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 June 2016

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Goldfinch feeding on a thistle in Crimsworth Dean

 

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There seem to be a growing number of goldfinches in Crimsworth Dean – spotted regularly but difficult to photograph because they are usually flitting about at speed

 

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Hay meadows at Pecket Well earlier this month

 

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Elmet Farmhouse hay meadow in the foreground, Pecket Well War Memorial in the centre amongst the trees

 

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Sorrel, buttercups and grasses in hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 June 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse high cholesterol hay meadows full of butter(cups)

 

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These photos were taken from our top field on 5 June when the fields when the wild flowers were at their peak

 

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The mixture of red sorrel and yellow buttercups creates a dichroic effect

 

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Later this summer the meadow will be cut for hay to be used as winter feed for the cattle at Horse Hey Farm in Crimsworth Dean just along the road.

 

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Useful and beautiful – William Morris would approve.

 

© Photos copyright Elmet Farmhouse

 

26 June 2016

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Views from Elmet Farmhouse at 9.30pm last night…

 

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River of mist in the Calder Valley after a heavy shower

 

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The swathes of mist are constantly shifting…

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…as the trail of mist flows into Hebden Dale and Hardcastle Crags

 

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It looks like smoke but it’s water vapour trapped in the steep-sided valleys

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 June 2016

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Highlights from the Crimsworth Walshaw loop – my favourite walk

 

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Hardcastle Crags in the foreground, Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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Late afternoon sunshine over Hardcastle Crags…

 

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… very different to early morning light

 

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Roller coaster view across Harcastle Crags, with Slack Heptonstall on the brow and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 June 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse with its cottage garden in full bloom

 

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Just look at that amazing peony!

 

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How many holiday cottages have such a pretty garden to sit out in?

 

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And beyond the garden wall is our beautiful hay meadow…

 

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… which is at its peak of perfection in June

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 June 2016

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Elmet Farmhouse – perched on the brow of the hill…

 

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…  surrounded by hay meadows

 

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Why not beat a path to our door?

 

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Lilac and laburnum trees on either side of the gate

 

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Elmet Farmhouse with its beautifully preserved 18th century stone mullion windows. The adjacent barn, dated 1861, is also Grade II Listed.

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

22 June 2016

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Views from Elmet Farmhouse with hay meadow in the foreground and Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial viewed from Elmet Farmhouse, with meadows full of buttercups and the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags beyond

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 June 2016

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The steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags snaking through the Pennines…

 

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… with hay meadows and lush pasture on the shoulders of the hills

 

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Higher up on the hills, the pasture turns to moorland…

 

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… and the terrain becomes much more wild and rugged…

 

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Tussocky grass and fluffy bog cotton up on Walshaw Moor

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 June 2016

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Midsummer at Walshaw Dean.. Has it been snowing?!

 

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Thankfully not – this dusting of white is bog cotton up on the moor

 

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The conditions must have been particularly good this spring as the bog cotton is looking spectacular

 

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It almost looks as though it could be harvested

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Later in the summer the moors will turn purple as the heather comes into flower 

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 June 2016

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Sandpiper at Walshaw Dean reservoir

 

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The famous rhododendrons at Walshaw Dean…

 

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… Late flowering because of the high altitude up on Walshaw Moor

 

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An unexpected surprise in this landscape…

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…And a tad surreal

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 June 2016

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Lapwing at Walshaw Dean showing its impressive crest

 

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Beak open – emitting comical noises like a kazoo

 

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Lapwing enclave near the lower reservoir at Walshaw Dean

 

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June is the best time to see lapwings as they are rearing their chicks on the moors

 

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© Photos copyright Ian Fishwick and Lesley Jackson

 

17 June 2016

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Crimsworth Dean – vibrant spring colours

 

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Path through the bracken towards Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Towering bracken in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean with Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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A sea of bracken in Crimsworth Dean

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 June 2016

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Goldfinch in Pecket Well

 

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Fledgling treecreeper chirruping in the woods in Crimsworth Dean..

 

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Clinging on to the bark and climbing up the tree

 

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Meadow pipit in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Pair of thrushes in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 June 2016

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Golden plovers among the bog cotton up on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well, a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Here’s one little chick captured mid-peep

 

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They’re not called Golden Plovers for nothing…

 

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…their plumage is iridescent greenish gold

 

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Catch them while you can – once they’ve finished rearing their chicks, they’ll up sticks and be gone

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 June 2016

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In praise of golden plovers…

 

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Peeping among the bilberries…

 

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And the tufts of bog cotton

 

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In the early morning sunshine…

 

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Up on Wadsworth Moor

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 June 2016

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Finally managed to capture one of numerous curlews in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Although they’re all-pervasive, they’re also elusive

 

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But this one was in a prime position on the horizon with blue sky behind

 

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The early morning light was perfect for capturing the detail

 

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Admire the curvature of that amazing beak – and the beauty of those canoodling cries

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 June 2016

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Lumbutts on a hazy spring morning

 

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Steep-roofed chapel in the foreground, curious tower in the background that once housed five waterwheels

 

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Lumbutts on the left and Mankinholes on right, separated by strips of fields

 

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The ancient village of Mankinholes, perched on the hill above Todmorden, nestling below Stoodley Pike

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 June 2016

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Climbing up to Stoodley Pike from Hebden Bridge

 

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An impressive row of narrow strip fields enclosed by dry stone walls

 

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Bog cotton thrives up on the moors

 

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Looking down towards Mankinholes and Lumbutts from near Stoodley Pike

 

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Hay meadow brimming with buttercups, flanked by rough moorland and grazed fields

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 June 2016

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Abel Cross – a pair of imposing coffin stones above Crimsworth Dean

 

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As featured in a photograph by Fay Godwin and a poem by Ted Hughes in Remains of Elmet

 

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Crimsworth Dean on a sunny spring afternoon

 

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Bemused sheep encircled by a trio of fledglings

 

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Fields dotted with grazing at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 June 2016

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All change in Crimsworth…

 

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In May the woods were carpeted with blue…

 

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Now the hills are showered with gold 

 

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And curlews circle watchfully overhead

 

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Study in green and gold

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 June 2016

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Akroyd Farm in Pecket Well, an ancient dwelling encircled by buttercup meadows

 

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Fieldscape at Pecket Well with scattered handloom weavers’ cottages and farms

 

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View across Hardcastle Crags towards Stoodley Pike from Walshaw

 

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Swerving off into Crimsworth Dean from Hardcastle Crags

 

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Crimsworth Dean – the ‘secret valley’ as we call it, or ‘happy valley’ as it was known by Ted Hughes 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 June 2016

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Fields fringed with lacy white cow parsley

 

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Vivid green grass on the hilltop meadows… 

 

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…provides the perfect backdrop

 

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An avenue of cow parsley near Walshaw above Hardcastle Crags

 

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Contented ewes and lambs grazing on the high meadows above Hardcastle Crags, with Slack Top on the opposite hilltop and Stoodley Pike beyond

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 June 2016

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Pastoral idyll on ‘the tops’ above Hardcastle Crags 

 

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Sheep grazing on the shoulders of the hills…

 

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…above the steep wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Hilltop meadows tinged with yellow as the buttercups erupt

 

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The omnipresent Stoodley Pike thrusting up above the high meadows beyond Hardcastle Crags

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 June 2016

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Golden hay meadows in Crimsworth Dean brimming with buttercups

 

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Sheep grazing on the high meadows above Crimsworth Dean, with Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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A chunky sheep, a rugged wall, pale tussocky moorland grass

 

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The lush woodlands of Hardcastle Crags in all their spring finery

 

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Walshaw Lodge overlooking Hardcastle Crags

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 June 2016

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Stoodley Pike  cresting the hill above Mankinholes

 

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Buttercup-rich wild flower meadows on the tops near Lumbutts

 

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Yorkshire alpine meadow

 

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Fields of gold above Todmorden

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 June 2016

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Views from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well near Hebden Bridge on a perfect spring morning with the meadow in full bloom

 

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© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 June 2016

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Doe, a deer…

 

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… a female deer

 

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Circling her new-born kid in the field next to Elmet Farmhouse (see 1 June entry below )

 

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Protecting her offspring from predators…

 

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… and besotted nosey parkers, such as us!

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

1 June 2016

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Springwatch at Elmet! This beautiful roe deer…

 

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… gave birth to this tiny little kid in our field last week

 

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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

 

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick

 

Lovely Little Lambs

Lovely Little Lambs

 

 

It’s been a busy time in the Crimsworth crèche over the last couple of months. These photos record some of the new arrivals in hilltop meadows in and around Pecket Well and Crimsworth Dean during April 2016.

Crimsworth Dean is a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse, so if you want to see lots of lovely lambs, come and visit us next April.

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

Bluebellerama!

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

 

Photo Journal – May 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 in the village of Pecket Well. Yorkshire at its finest. Enjoy!                        (Lesley Jackson)

 

31 May 2016

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The last hurrah for the bluebells in Hardcastle Crags

 

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One of the most extensive bluebell woods in England

 

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Spectacular as ever this year

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A round of applause, please! 

 

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Book early at Elmet Farmhouse for more of the same next year!

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

30 May 2016

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Bluebells in full flower in Hardcastle Crags

 

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They colonise every surface…

 

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… from mossy rocks

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… and sylvan groves

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… to woodland glades

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 May 2016

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A spectacular display of bluebells on the lesser-known upper slopes of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Tender new oak leaves

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 May 2016

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Table Rock – woodland vantage point hidden away in Hardcastle Crags

 

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View from Table Rock

 

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More bluebell woods hidden away in the recesses of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Seek and ye shall find…

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 May 2016

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Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags – a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 May 2016

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Reflections in the dam near Gibson Mill at Hardcastle Crags

 

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Same old, same old… bluebell infinity in Hardcastle Crags

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

25 May 2016

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Young stag with petite antlers full of the joys of spring in Crimsworth Dean

 

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The verdant slopes of Shackleton Hill in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Glimpse of bluebells through the trees above the dam near Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 May 2016

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Heavenly scenes in the bluebell woods of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Bluebells and ramsons (wild garlic) in perfect harmony

 

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Purest blue and purest green

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 May 2016

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Bluebell meadow in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Bluebell woods in Crimsworth Dean

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 May 2016

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Bluebellerama in Crimsworth Dean

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 May 2016

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Cascades of bluebells and wild garlic (ramsons) in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Bluebells and wild garlic (ramsons)

 

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Lambs and ewes sheltering under trees in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 May 2016

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Fifty shades of green – lush canopy in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Purple haze – dense carpet of bluebells in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Bluebells in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean spring woodland splendour

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 May 2016

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Carpet of bluebells in Hardcastle Crags – far side of the river near Gibson Mill

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 May 2016

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Purple haze in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 May 2016

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Bluebellerama in Hardcastle Crags – it just gets better and better!

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 May 2016

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Bluebellerama in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 May 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Tulips and daffodils in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 May 2016

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Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Woods in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 May 2016

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Trio of geese in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Roe deer in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Goose on chimney of Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 May 2016

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Early morning in Hardcastle Crags – sun streaming through the trees

 

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Rocky outcrops in Hardcastle Crags

 

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The Crags themselves

 

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View of Hebden Water from the upper slopes of Hardcastle Crags near Widdop Gate

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 May 2016

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Bracken-covered slopes at Blake Dean

 

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Confluence of Graining Water (left) and Alcomden Water (right) at Blake Dean 

 

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Graining Water and Alcomden Water merge at Blake Dean to form Hebden Water 

 

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Steep steps leading down from Widdop Gate into Hebden Dale and Hardcastle Crags

 

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Blake Dean at the head of Hebden Dale and Hardcastle Crags

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 May 2016

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“We’re ready for our close-up” – family group posing in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Bucolic Blakean scene in Crimsworth Dean

 

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A lovely spring morning in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Not bad for an early morning commute

 

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Spinks Hill Mob – near Stone Booth Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 May 2016

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Zooming in on Crimsworth Dean…

 

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And zooming out again…

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

8 May 2016

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And still they come… 

 

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More lovely lambs in Crimsworth Dean

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

7 May 2016

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Crimsworth Dean is awash with migrants… Two lapwings briefly touch down, taking a break from their wild aerial acrobatics

 

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This oystercatcher has obviously been busy foraging in the mud, judging from its slimy beak

 

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Dunlin – another long-beaked wader which heads inland to the high moorlands to breed in the spring

 

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This is where they all flock to… Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 May 2016

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Zwartbles sheep at the upper slopes of Crimsworth Dean – an unusual breed of Dutch origin

 

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The ewes have a distinctive white stripe on their face and white ankles. The young lambs are dark brown all over.

 

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It’s still busy in the Crimsworth creche…

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 May 2016

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A beady-eyed thrush in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 May 2016

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Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags – still early days… watch this space!

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 May 2016

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Bluebells unfurling in Hardcastle Crags…

 

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… the start of a month-long spectacular

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

2 May 2016

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Evening sunshine – view from Elmet Farmhouse 

 

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Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon

 

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Spring flowers in the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse with spectacular view behind

 

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Daffodils in full bloom in the field in front of Elmet Farmhouse

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 May 2016

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Cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse with primroses, daffodils and hellebores

 

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A big clump of white hellebores with a lovely view behind

 

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Dark purple hellebores with a row daffodills behind

 

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Pulmonaria and primroses

 

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Orangey-red tulips just coming out – a new addition to Elmet’s cottage garden this year

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

Photo Journal – April 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 in the village of Pecket Well. Yorkshire at its finest. Enjoy!                        (Lesley Jackson)

30 April 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon

 

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Daffodils and hellebores in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Primroses flourishing in the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 April 2016

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Moody sky over Luddenden Dean

 

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Early morning sun through the trees in Luddenden Dean 

 

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Leaves coming out on the trees in the woods of Luddenden Dean

 

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Fern-clad wall in Luddenden Dean

 

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Fledgling chaffinch in the garden

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 April 2016

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Jacob sheep in Luddenden Dean

 

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Pigmy goats in Luddenden Dean

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Catherine House Farm in Luddenden Dean

 

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Luddenden Brook running through Luddenden Dean

 

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The beautiful unspoilt valley of Luddenden Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 April 2016

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Castellated lodge gatehouse for the demolished mansion of Castle Carr in Luddenden Dean

 

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The two gatehouses are connected by an impressive arched gateway

 

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Luddenden Dean – with heather moorland above lush green meadows

 

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Early morning sunshine on the fells above Luddenden Dean

 

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Cottages in Luddenden Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 April 2016

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More lovely lambs!

 

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

25 April 2016

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Five views of Luddenden Dean

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 April 2016

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Roe deer in meadow above Hardcastle Crags

 

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Roe deer are regularly spotted in wooded valleys such as Hardcastle Crags, usually in twos or threes

 

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They come up from the woods to graze on the hilltop meadows

 

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Catkins at Hardcastle Crags, with Gibson Mill in the background

 

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Bluebells massing in Hardcastle Crags

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 April 2016

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Swaledale sheep and lamb at Pecket Well

 

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New-born Swaledale lamb at Pecket Well

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial – also known as ‘mini Stoodley’

 

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The wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags below Pecket Well

 

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The hilltop village of Pecket Well, with Hardcastle Crags in the valley below and Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 April 2016

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Stoodley Pike from Wadsworth Moor

 

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Heather in hibernation on Wadsworth Moor

 

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Meadow pipit in the heather on Wadsworth Moor

 

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Goose on the lookout in the heather on Wadsworth Moor 

 

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Shaft to underground water tunnel – a landmark on the heather moorland above Pecket Well

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 April 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well, with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

 

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A host of daffodils flowering in the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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View from the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Looking down on the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse, with daffodils, primroses, hellebores and pulmonaria all in bloom

 

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Snakes head fritillary in the garden

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 April 2016

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Northern Wheatear in Crimsworth Dean

 

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View over the bracken along Crimsworth Dean

 

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View towards Stoodley Pike along Crimsworth Dean

 

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Ewes and lambs at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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A copse of Scots Pines in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 April 2016

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Bucoli scene in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Mother and child reunion in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Early morning sunshine highlighting the folds of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Homages to William Blake: sheep and new-born lambs sheltering under a tree in Crimsworth Dean

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Gentle slopes give way to steep valley sides at the head of Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 April 2016

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Crimsworth Dean on a beautiful spring morning

 

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Mother and child posing in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Tucking in for milkshake at the Crimsworth canteen

 

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Crimsworth Dean – not a bad place to be born

 

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Cute Crimsworth lamb, caught in mid bleat

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 April 2016

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Pinky and Perky in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Looking a bit sheepish

 

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Top end of Crimsworth Dean

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The Crimsworth Three – plotting mischief

 

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Jay in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 April 2016

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Another new arrival in the Crimsworth maternity ward

 

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Stepping out!

 

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It’s all happening in Crimsworth

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Crimsworth Dean – a new day, a new dawn

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 April 2016

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‘The Lamb of God’ – born in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Timid twins in the Crimsworth creche

 

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The silken slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Come in number 25! Mother and child in Crimsworth Dean

 

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A poppit of a pipit perching on a post in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 April 2016

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Solitary mill chimney stranded in the woods at Colden Clough…

 

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…Evocative relics of the once substantial Lumb Mills at Lumb Bank, near Heptonstall, dating from the early 19th century

 

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Colden Water – the river tapped to power a string of textile mills during the 18th and 19th centuries

 

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Jack Bridge crossing Colden Water in Colden Clough

 

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The first bluebells coming into flower in Colden Clough, near Heptonstall

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 April 2016

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River of mist blockading the end of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Caught napping… Sleepy lambs having a lie-in in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Number 11 nuzzling up to mum – a bit heavy on the graffiti!

 

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It’s quite a gambol, this lambing lark

 

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The sun-kissed slopes of Crimsworth…. again

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 April 2016

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean – soon the spring foliage will obscure the view

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck from packhorse bridge above Lumb Falls

 

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Bracken and woodland on the steep slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck as it flows through the woods lower down the valley

 

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Watercourses channelling water from Crimsworth Dean Beck to the former dyeworks at Midgehole, near Hardcastle Crags

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

11 April 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse  – not quite as spectacular as the River of Mist yesterday but still pretty exceptional!

 

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Hazy April sunshine on Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall

 

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And this is where the photos were taken from – Elmet Farmhouse on the right

 

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The daffs are now in full bloom in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse and the hellebores are still going strong

 

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Crimsworth Dean – a tranquil unspoilt valley a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse with more lovely vistas

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

10 April 2016

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The magical River of Mist from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well  at 8.24am

 

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The unexpected snow on the hills late last night gives a new twist to the River of Mist 

 

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Frost on the meadow in front of Elmet Farmhouse with Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall Church poking out through the River of Mist

 

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River of Mist 20 minutes earlier at 8.05am

 

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Stoodley Pike on snow-sifted ridge hovering above the River of Mist

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 April 2016

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Crimsworth Dean – a chorus of curlews ricocheting around the valley, a flash of yellow as a green woodpecker takes flight

 

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Crème de Crimsworth – soft early morning sunshine spilling across the fields

 

Meadow pipit in Crimsworth Dean – flitting from one fence post to the next 

 

Pied wagtail dipping and diving through Crimsworth Dean

 

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Sheep on a moss-covered boulder near Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

8 April 2016

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The sun-kissed slopes of Crimsworth Dean at 8am

 

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Bouncy lambs on the nursery slopes at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Mother and toddler looking a bit quizzical

 

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Sun rising over Crimsworth Dean at 8.28am

 

 

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Sun on ‘the tops’ – Old Town skyline from Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

7 April 2016

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‘Hello mum!’ New arrival in the Crimsworth creche

 

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Into position – tucking in for breakfast at the Crimsworth Deanery

 

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Like mother, like daughter (or is it a son?) – Contented duo at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth curlew – finally photographed two months after the first curlews returned 

 

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Grey wagtail at Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 April 2016

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Is it the Lake District fells? No, it’s the precipitous slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Fields above Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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How green is our valley? Well, the answer is ‘very’!… View along Crimsworth Dean, with Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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Looking up to the former Methodist Chapel in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Blue sky, cotton wool clouds and purplish woods in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

5 April 2016

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Crimsworth Dean from near Grain Water Bridge

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck

 

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… meandering through Crimsworth Dean towards Lumb Falls

 

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Looking back along Crimsworth Dean towards Grain Water Bridge

 

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Looking south from mid way along Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 April 2016

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Slack Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon with Hardcastle Crags below

 

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Two new-born lambs nestling against their mother up on ‘the tops’ 

 

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The maternity ward up on Walshaw Moor above Hardcastle Crags – with soothing musical accompaniment of curlews

 

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Another one on the way perhaps? Or maybe she just wants a good old scratch

 

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Luminous green meadow up on ‘the tops’ above Hardcastle Crags, looking towards Slack Heptonstall with Stoodley Pike on the far hilltop

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 April 2016

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Lambs on the high meadows near Walshaw above Hardcastle Crags

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Not a bad place to enter the world… 

 

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Tucking in for afternoon tea

 

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A picture of innocence – see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

 

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The Walshaw creche – triplets number 1 and triplets number 2

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

2 April 2016

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Well it had to happen eventually… The first of lambs of the year at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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They’re still a bit unsteady on their feet, and note the pipe cleaner legs

 

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This little chap is still a bit wrinkly, presumably a recent arrival, possibly even today

 

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Whereas this dynamic duo are well into their stride

 

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And then there were three… Lots more on the way no doubt (watch this space)

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 April 2016

 

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Baaaa Humbug!

 

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A new light on Luddenden

 

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Bleached grass and colour-coordinated Swaledale sheep looking imperious on Wadsworth Moor

 

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Luddenden Dean – over the hill but not so far away from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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A harmonious palette – bracken, bilberries and silver birch on the upper slopes of Luddenden Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson