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Showing posts from May, 2012


These are just a selection of photos I took a few weeks ago. The first bunch are of Linton Bridge and the River Wharfe just outside Grassington. The concrete retaining walls of Linton Mill by the side of the bridge now support a housing development called ‘Linton Falls’. A corn mill has probably stood on this site from Medieval times. In 1788, Robert Hargreaves & Co of Addingham built a worsted-spinning mill there. Soon after a new tenant, Samuel Gill, and until 1804, his partner James Parker, turned the mill over to spinning cotton. By 1830 it had returned to worsted spinning under the ownership of J & W Birkbeck. Birkbecks then built a five-storey cotton mill on the site in the mid-19th century. This mill burnt down in 1912 and was replaced by a smaller structure. This went out of business during the 1950s. It was demolished in 1983 apart from the houses facing onto the footpath that crosses the river. Prior to demolition, the mill’s rare uniflow steam engine was rescued an…

Coppermines Valley

Coppermines Valleyis an fascinating place whether you are interested in the mining heritage of the area or not. It is easily reached by either following the road by the side of the Black Bull or going up past the Sun Inn and on to the main Coniston Old Man footpath. With Coniston being very busy, I was fortunate enough to find a free parking spot by the sports ground around the back and took the Black Bull road up out of town. Considering the town was so busy, the walk up to the valley was very quiet. I suppose most of the people who visit Coniston either go down to the Lake or walk up the Old Man. It was the same for most of the day, there were very few people about.
The history of the copper mines go back over 400 years but extraction of copper will go back much further than this, probably to Roman times or even earlier. The most prosperous period was the 1850s and by the 1870s the mine went in decline. For most of the mines history only gunpo…

Rannerdale Bluebells

These are a set of photo I took of the bluebells down Rannerdale which is near Crummock Water in the Lakes. The valley is almost hidden from the road thankfully so it is reasonably quiet and the bluebells literally carpet the Rannerdale valley floor and surrounding fell sides.

I took these photos over two weekends, the first time I went they weren't fully out but the sun was shining. The second weekend I went with Dave when they were fully out but there was no sun. Typical!

Rannerdale is sometimes referred to as the 'Secret Valley', this area is said to be the site of a battle at which native Cumbrians and Norsemen ambushed and defeated Norman armies in the century after they conquered England in 1066. Local historian and publican Nicholas Size published a historical novel about Cumbrian resistance to the Norman invaders in 1930 called 'The Secret Valley'. 

This was beautiful little walk which also gave me (and the 2nd weekend me and Dave) a good excuse to c…