From Rivers to Waterfalls

by Mike Dickinson March. 07, 2021 148 views

There's something about a babbling brook or River. Something comforting as we sit alongside it on a sunny day. Sit quiet for a while and you'll see birds like Dippers and Kingfishers diving in and out as they seek out their meal for the day. The sightings of Trout swimming along gracefully and the spectacular return of the Salmon in the autumn is a wonderful sight. One I have yet to capture!

Waterfalls have a magnetic hold on me! Here in the North West of England there are lots of Rivers and Cloughs, better known as ravines, that carry huge amounts of water gushing down them. It is no doubt the reason why the area was so popular in the 17th century for the many wool and cotton Mills that were powered by the water wheels. I often think today of the power they could still provide; and in the beautiful village of Whalley, they have done just that. Having installed a giant Archimedes screw in the nearby Calder river weir. See Here: https://www.whalleyhydro.co.uk/

Another favourite haunt of mine is the Healey dell nature reserve. The River Spodden has carved its way through the woodlands down thousands of years, creating delightful scenery and spectacular waterfalls which once powered ancient corn, wool and cotton mills.  There are several, easily accessible, Waterfalls along the nature walk and a lovely cafe to rest up after a lovely day's camera work. See here: https://www.healeydelltearooms.co.uk/things-to-do/trails/

I have a video I produced some years ago on Ingleton Waterfalls, in North Yorkshire. You can see it Here: https://www.ingletonwaterfallstrail.co.uk/information It's not a walk for the faint hearted at around four miles of fairly rough footpaths at times. However, the views are spectacular, making it one of the most popular waterfall sites in the UK.

I will dig in to my archives for photos of the places I have visited that encompasses these beautiful sites.

This is the Weir in Whalley Village, on the nearby Calder River.

This is the Weir in Whalley Village, on the nearby Calder River.

Beezley Falls, Ingleton Falls, North Yorkshire, England.

Beezley Falls, Ingleton Falls, North Yorkshire, England.

Linton Falls Weir, on the River Wharfe, Near Grassington, North Yorkshire.  Further Information may be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linton_Falls_Hydro

Linton Falls Weir, on the River Wharfe, Near Grassington, North Yorkshire. Further Information may be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linton_Falls_Hydro

Healey Dell Nature reserve. One of its several beautiful waterfalls.

Healey Dell Nature reserve. One of its several beautiful waterfalls.

Stainforth Falls, North Yorkshire.

Stainforth Falls, North Yorkshire.

A trip to Healey Dell Nature Reserve took me to the farthest end from Station Road and I discovered another waterfall that had evaded me in my past visits. Always something new to discover when you explore.

I love the power these waterfalls emit and am constantly reminded of how it could be harnessed. Many places such as this at Healey Dell, were used to run the cotton mills that were built in precarious landscapes,

Sometimes, less is more, which is why I zoomed in on the torrent of water cascading over this fall.

Closer to the Healey Dell tea room end of Healey Dell, I discovered this beautiful Waterfall.

Closer to the Healey Dell tea room end of Healey Dell, I discovered this beautiful Waterfall.

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Bob Chappell 3 months, 1 week ago

Super set of landscape image Mike

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Mike Dickinson Replied to Bob Chappell 3 months, 1 week ago

Thank you, Bob, much appreciated.

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