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

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

Photos of the Month 2019

Elmet Farmhouse Photos of the Month: 2019

Photos of 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 holiday cottage in Pecket Well

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

Looping the Loop

Looping the Loop: Crimsworth – Walshaw – Hardcastle Crags

 

 

Walkers are spoilt for choice in the countryside around Elmet Farmhouse, with its dramatic and varied landscape and the dense network of paths. On a fine clear day, there’s no better hike than the Crimsworth Walshaw Loop, a high level walk up on ‘the tops’ with glorious views of wooded valleys, hilltop hay meadows and rolling heather moors. Spring, summer, autumn or winter, if the sun is shining, this is the place to be.

These photos record an extended version of the Crimsworth Walshaw Loop in mid August when the heather moorland is in full bloom and turns a rich deep purple. The walk begins at Grain Water Bridge at the far end of Crimsworth Dean, then veers off up the hill over to Walshaw. After dropping down to Walshaw Lodge, it climbs up over Walshaw Moor to the string of reservoirs at Walshaw Dean, where it joins the Pennine Way. 

On meeting Alcomden Water, the route follows a track for several miles from Blake Dean to Shackleton Hill, with ravishing views across Hardcastle Crags towards Slack Heptonstall, with Stoodley Pike in the distance. Eventually it meets a footpath which curves back round through Crimsworth Dean. 

Inspiring and invigorating, this has got to be one of the best walks in the Yorkshire Dales.

 

© Text and images copyright Lesley Jackson