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

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

Yorkshire through the Seasons

Elmet Farmhouse Photos of the Month: 2019

Photographs of the landscape and wildlife in the beautiful Yorkshire hills and dales around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley in the South Pennines. A walkers’ paradise in one of dramatic corners of Yorkshire. Nature on the doorstep at Elmet Farmhouse holiday cottage in the village of Pecket Well, near Haworth and the Yorkshire Dales.

October 2019

Drystone walls on the slopes of Crimsworth Dean
Crimsworth Dean in the early morning October sunshine
Mistlethrush in Crimsworth Dean
Footpath sign for Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson

September 2019

View from Elmet Farmhouse with Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall above river of mist
View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well with river of mist
Heptonstall village on the hill with swathes of mist below in Hardcastle Crags
Heptonstall church disappearing in the mist but Stoodley Pike still prominent
The famous river of mist at Elmet Farmhouse in Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge
Crimsworth Dean Beck from the old packhorse bridge Wheat Ing in Crimsworth Dean
View across Hardcastle Crags from Walshaw
Jacob sheep in Crimsworth Dean
Dunnock in Crimsworth Dean
Dunnock in Crimsworth Dean
Roe deer peeping our from behind a tree in Crimsworth Dean
Large gritstone boulders by Limers Gate on Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well
Wilcock Dam above Pecket Well Mill
Pecket Well Clough near Kitling Bridge
Stream in spate in Pecket Well Clough after heavy rain
Waterfalls in Pecket Well Clough, a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse
The stream becomes a river in Pecket Well Clough after heavy rain
Kitling Bridge on the packhorse track through Pecket Well Clough
The hidden ravine of Pecket Well Clough in the woods below Elmet Farmhouse
Mist in Crimsworth Dean beyond Pecket Well War Memorial
Wraiths of mist in Crimsworth Dean
Old Town Mill chimney above the mist in Crimsworth Dean
Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags
Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well on a fine September day
Stoodley Pike in the September sunshine on Langfield Edge
Heptonstall village perched on the hill opposite from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well
View across the hay meadow at Elmet Farmhouse with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the tops and Hardcastle Crags in the valley

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson

August 2019

Willow warbler feeding on hogweed in the meadow at Elmet Farmhouse
Willow warbler feeding on hogweed in the meadow at Elmet Farmhouse
Willow warbler feeding on hogweed in the meadow at Elmet Farmhouse
Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in the herbaceous border at Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge
Small Copper butterfly in the meadow at Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge
Small Copper butterfly in the meadow at Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge
Painted Lady butterfly in the meadow at Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge
Speckled Wood butterfly on the bracken
Colden Water in Colden Clough near Heptonstall
Waterfall on Colden Water in Colden Clough near Heptonstall
Hebble Hole bridge on Colden Water in Colden Clough near Heptonstall on the Pennine Way
Hebble Hole bridge on Colden Water in Colden Clough near Heptonstall on the Pennine Way
Luddenden Dean with heather in bloom
Magnificent expanse of heather up on Midgley Moor
Heather and bracken on the upper slopes of Luddenden Dean
Reservoir with heather blooming above Luddenden Dean
Damselfly on reservoir above Luddenden Dean
Heather in bloom on the banks of the reservoir above Luddenden Dean
Heather in bloom on the banks of the reservoir above Luddenden Dean
Heather in bloom on the banks of the reservoir above Luddenden Dean
Heather, bilberries and bracken on the upper slopes above Luddenden Dean
Bilberries galore on the moor above Luddenden Dean
Climbing up to Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir
Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir
One great step for man…
One great leap for mankind… on Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir
Rocky gritstone outcrops on Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir
Looking along Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir
Looking up to Great Edge from Widdop Reservoir
Weathered craggy rock formations on Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir
Billowing clouds above Great Edge
Heather and bracken on Great Edge above Widdop Reservoir
Gorple Reservoir with heather on the hills above

Photographs copyright Lesley Jackson

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

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

Heavenly Heather

Heavenly Heather

“I have fled my country and gone to the heather” 

Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë was right. August is the time to head to the hills and immerse yourself in the glorious heather moorlands. Because the hillsides of the Upper Calder Valley are so steep, the carpet of heather on the plateau-like uplands is barely visible from down in the dales. It’s only when you venture up onto ‘the tops’ beyond the hay meadows on the shoulders of the hills that you encounter the purple haze.

Good spots for heather walks are Wadsworth Moor above Pecket Well, Midgley Moor above Luddenden Dean, Heptonstall Moor above Colden, and Walshaw Dean and Widdop Reservoir above Hardcastle Crags. On a hot summer’s day with the sweet scent of the heather and the bees buzzing all around as they gather the nectar for honey, it’s an intoxicating sensory experience and a visual spectacle not to be missed.

High Waving Heather
Emily Brontë

High waving heather, ‘neath stormy blasts bending,
Midnight and moonlight and bright shining stars;
Darkness and glory rejoicingly blending,
Earth rising to heaven and heaven descending,
Man’s spirit away from its drear dongeon sending,
Bursting the fetters and breaking the bars.

All down the mountain sides, wild forest lending
One mighty voice to the life-giving wind;
Rivers their banks in the jubilee rending,
Fast through the valleys a reckless course wending,
Wider and deeper their waters extending,
Leaving a desolate desert behind.

Shining and lowering and swelling and dying,
Changing for ever from midnight to noon;
Roaring like thunder, like soft music sighing,
Shadows on shadows advancing and flying,
Lightning-bright flashes the deep gloom defying,
Coming as swiftly and fading as soon.

13 December 1836

High Summer on Midgley Moor

The moorland  above Luddenden Dean is carpeted with heather, which blooms throughout the month of August and into early September.  As the heather comes into flower, the moors take on a vivid purple hue, which becomes more and more intense. 

These photographs were taken on a walk from Pecket Well to Luddenden Dean over Wadsworth Moor and Midgley Moor. Perched on the hilltop overlooking the Luddenden valley are two small reservoirs where the heather grows right up to the water’s edge. 

Walking on the Wild Side at Widdop

Two hikes near Widdop above Hardcastle Crags in mid August with the heather in full bloom.

First walk along Great Edge, the ridge above Widdop Reservoir, early one sunny morning. Tramping through the heather via a series of  rocky outcrops known variously as Slack Stones, Raven Stones and The Scout that lead up to Great Edge. Beyond, a sea of heather on Widdop Moor, sliced through in the distance by the blade-like rocks of Dove Stones.

Returning along a bridlepath by the shores of Widdop Reservoir. The low water levels revealing sand and rocks give the impression of a beach. Looming above, the sheer cliffs below Great Edge. Very few humans, just a solitary buzzard and a few skylarks.

Second walk starting at Widdop Gate and climbing up to Gorple Lower Reservoir via Low Moor and King Common Rough, looking down on the narrow gorge of Graining Water. Ascending over the tussocky slopes of Flask to Cludders Slack, a fine vantage point high up above Widdop Reservoir at 390 metres, with dramatic views  towards Great Edge. 

Circling the shores of Widdop Reservoir, then cutting across to Alcomden Water and along to Blake Dean at the top end of Hardcastle Crags. A blustery afternoon which started out with dark brooding skies but culminated in bright warm sunshine. Captivating light effects on the purple hills and the steep lush heather-covered slopes of Blake Dean.

© Text copyright Lesley Jackson

© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson and Ian Fishwick