We would like you to share with us what your favourite spot in the West Yorkshire Countryside is, and why you value it. Is it the place you go to clear your head after a busy week? Is it where you take your children to let off some steam? Do you go walking regularly with a walking group, and have a favourite spot to stop for a sandwich and enjoy the view?
This should take no longer than five minutes of your time. The information that we gather will be added to mapping layers on our G.I.S. Map of West Yorkshire. This will help us to build a better picture of what people value in the West Yorkshire Countryside and inform our future campaign work. It will help to show that the countryside is much more than empty space waiting to be filled.
If you have a bigger story to share with us, which celebrates the West Yorkshire countryside, you can send it to us using the form on the Project page.
There are some favourite places posted below the form.
Some of your Favourite Places
Bentley Square, Oulton, Leeds
“Of course this is one of my favourite places. I live there! The house to the right was a farm until 1935 and was the birthplace of Richard Bentley in 1662. It is listed and warrants a blue plaque.”
“Emley Moor is an unusual favourite place because instead of visiting it, it visits you. I can it from my local park in Sheffield 30km away. On the summer solstice, we watched the mast light up as the sun set. Ever since my childhood, the mast has been a place marker of West Yorkshire, visible from so far around.”
Water Haigh Park, Woodlesford
“Site of the Water Haigh Colliery, now restored to form a large park with wild flower meadows on the old spoil heap. We were assessing accessibility – that’s Anne on her buggy climbing up the dump, but there was an impassible metal gate at the top, so no wild flower meadow today. The Aire & Calder bisects the park.”
Newmillerdam Country Park, Wakefield
“Newmillerdam Country Park in Wakefield offers an opportunity for walkers and photographers, among others, to enjoy a beautiful and tranquil walk around the lake there whilst listening to birdsong and catching sight of the occasional squirrel.”
The Guiseley Gap
“The Guiseley Gap has a fascinating geology. The unusual and dominant landscape feature in this corner of the South Pennines it has been crucial in historic development. From prehistoric tracks, to neolithic stones, roman roads, medieval field patterns, and lost parks, it is a place to walk, think, and reconnect.”
“Our favourite places are in the Wharfe Valley, all in the West Riding. The boundary between the non-counties of West & North Yorkshire is a nonsense which causes us all sorts of problems.”
Coley Beck on the Calderdale Way
“Coley Beck on the Calderdale Way below Low Bentley near Shelf. In a real green corridor near built up areas, the old woodland here is predominantly beech. This photo was taken in early spring – soon the woodland floor will be a carpet of bluebells. I love the seasonal variation in the wood – and my family loves to play in the stream.”
Heath Common near Wakefield
“Not a particularly spectacular beauty spot, but it is a few minutes walk from our house and from the bench on the top of the hill you can see for miles towards Emley Mast, Old Moss and the Peak District. Wonderful for short dog walks and a place to sit and think.”
Cunnery Wood, Halifax
“Cunnery Wood in Shibden Hall Estate, Halifax. Over many years Friends of Nature group, of which I am a member, led conservation summer camps and weekends with young foreign people who came over to Halifax to help restore the wood to its former glory. I was part of these groups and the work has now been completed but I still love to go there.”
Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs
“Walking Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs. The walk is close to where I live but you can almost imagine yourself in the Lake District. It has a mixture of walking beside water( with a variety of bird life to see), walking amongst trees (which I love) and some beautiful long distance views. Also the route can be varied taking in other linked paths.”
Castle Hill, Huddersfield
“Castle Hill, Huddersfield is my favourite place. It has super views across to the Pennine hills, has a real sense of history and is magical. The Ranger is extremely knowledgeable and has a selection of leaflets, cards and books in his kiosk at the foot of Jubilee Tower.”
Land near Eccup Village
“An area of mixed farmland and woodland near Eccup village, which is crossed by three major rights of way (Leeds Country Way; Dales Way and Ebor Way). A favourite circular walk of mine includes high hedgerows and distant rural views where one will meet few, if any people at all and yet incredibly, it is less than 5 miles from Leeds city centre.”
“One of the best short circular walks for miles around, taking in tranquil water, woods, wildlife and moorland in the Peak District National Park, just below Holme Moss. The walk takes in two reservoirs, Digley & Bilberry, and crosses the embankment between the two. The shorter walk is 1.2 miles but can be extended to 5 miles.”
National Trust Marsden Moor Estate
“5685 acres of open Pennine moorland with superb walking and astonishing viewpoints. Hang gliders can often be seen at Buckstones and Pule Hill. You can even have a boat trip through Standedge canal tunnel deep under the estate. Part of the South Pennine SPA, it is home to many red listed bird species.”
Huddersfield Narrow Canal Towpath
“Between Slaithwaite and Marsden. It is picture perfect, especially near Slaithwaite, where the canal is arched over with trees from woodland either side. All sorts of wildlife including kingfishers and, on a hot day, fish coming up to the water surface. The sense of peace and distance from the real world is astonishing.”