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Showing posts from November, 2017

Winskill Stones

Winskill Stones is one of the Yorkshire Dales' hidden gems and is situated high on a plateau above the villages of Langcliffe and Stainforth in Ribblesdale. It is basically a limestone pavement and can be reached in a few minutes from the road leading over the moors from Langcliffe to Malham. As the limestone pavement cannot be seen from the road, it is usually ignored but having said that, once you have discovered the place, you will definitely visit again.
I can't think of many better placed to view the Three Peaks area of the Dales than from here. Ingleborough is straight in front with Pen-y-Gent off to the right. Plus you also have the bonus of a hawthorn tree growing out of the limestone which makes it a photographers dream. As if that wasn't enough, its also a grand place to watch the sunset and in close proximity there is Catrigg Force, a very impressive waterfall.

Plantlife, the British conservation charity, bought Winskill with the help of a public appeal, to st…

Autumn, RHS Harlow Carr

I had intended to go to Ripley Castle but for some reason the A61 was just clogged with very slow moving traffic so, an about turn and a few back roads brought me to Harlow Carr RHS Gardens. I'm a member of the RHS so, after paying my initial fee, it is free for the rest of the year and I've certainly had my money out of it. I must have been half a dozen times at least and I still have half a year of my membership to run.

The gardens have been gorgeous over the summer months; there has been so much colour around the place. Now it's the trees turn to have their moment of glory, especially the maples. It really is a photographer's paradise at any time of the year. I'm considering putting together a photo book showing the gardens throughout the four season of the year but that will have to wait until after next spring. I had the customary Cappuccino at the Betty's CafĂ© kiosk. The way that I look at it is that if the poor woman is prepared to stand out in the cold …

The Piece Hall, Halifax

First of all, a bit of background history to The Piece Hall. It is a Grade I listed building in Halifax, West Yorkshire and was built as a cloth hall for hand loom weavers to sell the woollen cloth "pieces" they had produced. It opened on 1 January 1779, with 315 separate rooms arranged around a central open courtyard.

In 1971, after the Piece Hall had become seen as unsuitable for a wholesale market, the businesses were dispersed elsewhere throughout the town and the then two-century old Piece Hall's demolition was considered. Government grants were made available and the Halifax Corporation received funding to make a tourist attraction of the Piece Hall. The sheds that had been built in the 19th century were demolished and the courtyard landscaped, further walls were removed from the original rooms to create new shops and a new museum and art gallery was opened to the east side. The new Piece Hall opened on 3 July 1976.

It had a further make over and was reopened on th…

Langstrothdale: The Long Marsh.

The name Langstrothdale derives from Old English and translates as 'long marsh' or 'marshy ground' but there is very little evidence of that these days, except maybe at the head of the dale. It was first colonised by Anglians in the seventh century, with Norse invaders arriving later. At that time, Langstrothdale was well forested, and the upper northern part of the dale (which is now moorland) was a royal hunting forest known as Langstrothdale Chase. The dale then became part of the lands owned by the Clifford family and in 1604, due to the then Earl of Clifford's 'extravagances', the lands were sold to pay off his debts which allowed many Dalesfolk to purchase their own farmsteads. Also, in the age before mass transportation, the road through the dale was part of a packhorse route from Lancaster to Newcastle-upon-Tyne which also bisected Cam High Road, the very direct and well-preserved Roman Road running from Ingleton to the Roman Fort at Bainbridge in W…