Easter day in Northcliffe 12th April 2020
As I explained in my initial Blog entry, Rawdon is made up of several constituent parts. This entry will cover the area around Micklefield Park, Harrogate Road - the village green and Quaker Meeting House. Also Little London a village in its own right. The current "crisis" has afforded me the opportunity to explore Rawdon from the historical perspective guided by the publication "A History of Rawdon - persons, places and prejudice " by DC Willcock.
One of my earlier rambles (date 22.03.20) took me downhill in the opposite direction of the Billing. Almost immediately below my house are playing fields for a primary school which has since relocated and the Victoria allotments established in 1920 and celebrating it's 100th anniversary this year.
Gomersal lies at around 140 metres (450 ft) above sea level on a flank of the Spen Valley and has fine views over to the Pennine hills. Prominent is West Nab (500 metres) which lies above Marsden and, to the left of West Nab, Black Hill which at 582 metres is the highest point in Cheshire and the highest on the Pennine Way for some miles to come.Whilst admiring this view today a bird flew low in front of me – hang on a minute, that wasn’t my first swallow of the Spring was
Heaton Woods again 8th April
A beautifully sunny day for a walk. From Idle my path took me down through Thackley, across the canal and the river to reach the riverside path to Denso Marston. En route I heard the yaffle of the Grren Woodpecker. On the reserve itself I heard chiff chaff and had good sightings of many birds including Mandarin Duck, Moorhen, Blackcap, Goosander, Jay, Wren and especially the Nuthatch. Butterfly sightings included peacock and small tortoiseshell.
See the photos here.
Coronavirus regulations scupper an annual treat.
Over the last week or so I have completed a series of six walks in the vicinity of my home in Rawdon. They cover in the main the topography, history and vernacular architecture of this unique village. Rawdon has several constituent parts. The linear development which follows the crest of the hill can be well appreciated when viewing Rawdon from Apperley Bridge. The Billing is a steep wooded hill made up of glacial moraine which affords excellent views in all directions. An area around the junction of the Harrogate and Leeds roads contains a park, a library and village green. There are special conservation areas around Low Green, Cragg Wood and Little London.
It was cool and grey with light winds for today's daily walk allowance. I set off to Yeadon with a rough route in mind but I did venture onto roads that I haven't previously walked, all the while noting footpaths signs for future reference.
My first bird encounter was on Leeds Road where a Wood Pigeon with a twig in his beak was flying straight towards me before it rose over my head to dive into a tall, dense hedge behind me. As I turned off down Apperley Road towards the canal I heard the distinctive call of the Ring-necked Parakeet and was fortunate to then see it fly past. There was little to see from the bridge over the canal - just a single swan.
Short Walk in Northcliffe 30th March
The weather today was not as warm as it was midweek when I was gardening in a tee shirt. Today's brisk breeze meant that I was donning coat, hat and gloves for today's daily exercise allowance; a 5 mile walk from my home.