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September, Blackshaw Parish

  Michael and I step out into the warm equinoctial sunshine and take the track up through Knott Wood. The ascent out of the narrow and steep-sided valley bottom of Calderdale is always something of an ordeal, but catching up … Continue reading

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September, (to and) from and to (and from) Hebden Bridge

  We’re almost at the end of this series of adventures in miniature, and although not all the walks we’ve written about have been done in splendid isolation, we haven’t up to this point been for a walk together for … Continue reading

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August, Torside Clough

The August in my mind is characterised by sunshine. If not exactly frolicking through cornfields or languishing beside lazy streams in wildflower-strewn meadows, then at least caravan holidays mainly involving playing badminton in the field or hide-and-seek around the farm. … Continue reading

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August, Church Fenton

  The carriage doors wheeze open and I wheel my bike down onto the platform with one hand. In the other I clasp the hand of Bertie, my two-year-old son, as he leaps off the train, smartly bending his knees … Continue reading

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July, Cruttonstall 

It is the early afternoon, and I have not stepped outside since returning from a decidedly chilly early morning cycle along the Rochdale Canal’s towpath to take my son to nursery. The view from my study window while working had … Continue reading

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July, Surrey Street

When my then-future wife and I moved to Glossop, thirteen years ago, the chimney at the Ferro Alloys site at the industrial estate on Surrey Street had been quiet for several years. The skyline from many points near our house … Continue reading

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June, Holme

A winding and undulating drive took me home to Yorkshire. Sorry, took me to Holme, in Yorkshire, to think about home and England and Britain and other sundry important matters following the recent referendum vote for the UK to leave … Continue reading

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June, Erringden

It is ten o’clock in the morning and Clare, my wife, and Bertie, my two and a half year old son, are walking along Kilnshaw Lane amongst the high pastures of the parish of Erringden. The misted air is cool, … Continue reading

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May, Knott Wood

A fizzing Roman candle of a cherry tree in full blossom stands in the corner of the last garden that I pass before I enter Knott Wood. The sky is almost entirely cloudless apart from a gathering of cirro-stratus on … Continue reading

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May, Shittern Clough

Big news! It turns out there might be more than one heron! More of this anon. My main purpose this month, in a walk put off since December, was to visit the stream running through the Access Land at Shittern … Continue reading

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