Pictures from a weekend in the Bradford area (Frizinghall).


The extensive (120 km2) Bolton Abbey Estate [53 59 2 N, 1 53 19 W] in Wharfedale makes a popular family day out.


These stepping stones across the river are signposted as an alternative to the footbridge, but without noting that there is a large gap part way across.  The dog, bounding ahead, has realised this and wants to turn back.  The dog ended up very wet!


Bolton Abbey was an Augustian priory until its dissolution in 1539.  Towers had become popular at the time, and one was being built at the West entrance (left of picture) at the time of dissolution.


This picture in the West entrance shows how the tower was effectively bolted on to the original entrance without any real attempt to blend with the existing stonework.

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Trees in the estate grounds, which follow the river upstream.


The Strid is a section of the river where the flow is channelled into a narrow passage.  Although “striding” across looks temptingly easy, it is extremely dangerous as strong underwater currents mean that slipping into the river is certain to be fatal.


This wide bracket fungus is most likely to be a hump-backed polypore, Trametes gibbosa,  (the green colour is from algae), even though the slits underneath resemble gills rather than tiny pores usually seen in polypores.


Lock gates on the Leeds and Liverpool canal.


The top of Bingley Three Rise Lock [53 51 5 N, 1 50 19 W], so-called because of the set of 3 linked locks, helping to lift the level of the canal over the Pennine ridge.

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L The bottom of Bingley Five Rise Lock, which dates, like the Three Rise, from 1774. R Basin at the top of the lock.   To the right of the picture (not seen) is the cottage of the lock-keeper, still employed to assist with the tricky operation of these long “staircase” locks.

Bolton Abbey and Bingley Locks