The weather towards the end of the year was so generally dismal that it was rarely worth getting out the camera…


Pictures from a walk in the Halifax area, starting from Shibden Park. (R) The unexpected, and multi-award winning, Shibden Mill Inn.

The Rochdale canal south of Todmorden. Like many other canals, the Rochdale canal (completed in 1804) was badly hit by the development of the railways and closed in 1952. After extensive restoration efforts, it was reopened in 2002.

Views of Gaddings Dam, built in 1835 to supply mills owners who were fighting over water supplies. Strictly this is Gaddings Dam West, the earlier Gaddings Dam East, built to supply the canal, is now dry.


Ducks on a frozen pond at the Rainton Meadows nature reserve. Like many such reserves in County Durham, it was developed from former industrial workings (in this case an open cast coal mine).

(L) Velvet Shank fungi on a walk through Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, following the Porter Brook up to Forge Mill Dam. (R) Walking on Burbage Rocks.

Looms at the Armley Mills Industrial Museum, Leeds. Housed in what was once the world’s largest woollen mill, the museum was very quiet when we visited.

November & December 2012