Shipley Glen sits between Baildon Moor and Saltaire which is the place of Salt's Mill.
The Glen is a popular place for walks.
People come here at weekends and have
done for years.When workers from the
mills around Bradford only had a day
or two holiday they came by tram to
Saltaire to walk up the Glen.From
Saltaire Road a bridge crosses Loadpit
Beck then a track leads into some
dis-used stone quarries.The beck runs
through a steep valley covered with
trees like oak,silver birch,and beech
on the banks.Then it reaches a small
reservoir ,shaped like a triangle.This
measured 16m50 cm along the bottom and
22m 50cm on one side.It was once used
for supplying the dye house at Salts
Mill.Huge,flat-topped rocks are all
along one bank of the beck.These are
called Brackenhall Crags.They are near
to Glen Road and the moors.This Glen
was made in the Ice Age long ago by
ice carving into the rock. (link)
Some of you might know about the Shipley Glen Tram and the old Fair Ground at the top of the hill. But to day is about some of the wildlife I found along the Glen.
I have spent many a hour up on Baildon moor but have never walked along the beck.
The first thing noted today was the good number of
Willow Warbler's singing.
|Hard-fern - Blechnum spicant|
We did spot a Female Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Common Bistort (Persicaria bistorta)
Visit on the 9th April