Shibden Hall


A return visit to Shibden Hall, just outside Halifax.

The folk museum behind the hall has a slightly neglected feel, but is worth a visit.

Beamsley Beacon


On (L) the approach and (R) view from Beamsley Beacon on a walk from Steeton & Silsden. This was part of a chain of beacons around the country. Apparently a guard house was built in 1804, during the Napoleonic Wars, to shelter the beacon keeper.



(L) View from the curiously Welsh-sounding hill Pen-y-ghent on a walk from Horton in Ribblesdale.



It seemed odd to have an old-fashioned chandlery in the hillside village like Heptonstall, until we realised that it was part of a film set [later recognised in the 2016 film version of Swallows and Amazons, which also featured the nearby Keighley & Worth Valley railway].

The large and rather curiously arranged parish church of Heptonstall.


Locomotion No. 1, the first steam locomotive to pull passenger trains (as opposed to haul coal wagons), built in 1824 by Robert Stephenson & Co.  Preserved in 1857, the engine is now kept in Darlington’s railway museum, the Head of Steam.


August 2015