Friday, 7 September 2018

Were have you been just lately....?

I do hope you are all well and after a long hot summer , enjoying the cool breeze of Autumn.  

I have spent most of the summer month's out riding my bike, a E-bike and a road bike. Starting with just 4 miles I am now riding up to... on one occasion 53 miles but it is normally about 20/30.

You get to see so much more than in a car, go further than walking. So today I took my camera on one of my favourite local rides.

Yeadon , Otley, back lane to Ilkley through Askwith. Over the bridge to Ben Rhydding through  Burley in Wharfedale, Menston, Guiseley and home.
Round about 20 miles.

Here is a snap shot of what I get to see on this lovely ride.

High Royds

 High Royds Hospital is a former psychiatric hospital south of the village of Menston, West Yorkshire, England. Now a housing estate. 

Blue bricked houses in Otley.

The only mention I can find is this ...
The tiles which cover these houses were originally intended for a swimming pool, however construction on the pool was cancelled after the tiles had already been produced. Since someone then found themselves with a load of tiles and nothing to do with them they were sold to the people building these houses.

Westgate Warehouses

You’ll have to go off the beaten path for this one. You’ll find these warehouses next to Otley’s bustling Westgate, and they’re a fine example of old Victorian architecture. They were home to the lauded Jeffries Haulage Company headquarters for decades, but they left the site in the early 2000s and fire gutted some of the buildings in 2009. They’re still standing now, however, and provide a lasting reminder of a widely known and respected Otley business.

Westgate, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3HD.

(9 Unbelievable Abandoned Buildings in Leeds)

Stocks and Mill stone at the top of church Ln,

All Saints Church, Weston, Otley
Well worth a look

Elephant Trees above Menston and Guiseley

Humulus lupulus

It is a dioecious species, which means that hop plants are either male or female. These flower in different ways: the male grows in green-yellow clusters while the female grows paler cone-shaped catkins which turn brown and papery when ripe.

Cultivated land and hedges.

Best time to see
July-August when it flowers.

Did you know:
Hops are, of course, most famous for being used in brewing beer. However, it has been used down the centuries in a variety of ways: the Roman naturalist Pliny, describes it being eaten much like we eat asparagus today. It has also been used as a herb and to produce brown dye.

County flower of Kent.

Hop boughs decorate the bar of many Kentish pubs, and the plant appears on the arms of Tonbridge at the heart of the hop-growing country.


Askwith is a small village, about 15kms southwest of Harrogate, on the north side of the river Wharfe between Ilkley and Otley. 

Although the parish church is in the neighbouring village of Weston, the vicarage has been in Askwith since the early 18605. The best remembered of its occupants is the Reverend Charles Tweedale, a cele- brated spiritualist. and noted musician, remembered today for the many fine violins he made. 

On entering the village, a left turn down Back Lane leads to the Quaker meeting house, now a private house. The burial ground is still in evidence, dating back to the 1600s. 
The Wharfedale Steadfast Lodge is still flourishing, celebrating 150 years in 1993. This 'Sick Club' was formed by local people, and ensured members of a weekly sum when ill, and a payment on death to ensure a 'decent burial'. 

Askwith has a busy village hall, and whilst there are no shops, there is a post office and a hostelry , the Black Horse. The village has changed very little, with only a few new houses, old people's bungalows and farm dwellings. 

Askwith has had its share of characters. One, Charlie Holmes the mole catcher, when asked on a television interview why he had never married, replied 'Eh I hadn't time, me moles kept me busy'. 

Old drinking fountain in wall Askwith

House Martin nest.

 Looking up Askwith Ln towards the school.

Looking over the field to the Cow and Calf above Ilkley.

Female pheasant

Denton Hall

"Located in an elevated position high above the historic spa town of Ilkley, our Grade 1 listed Georgian country house is home to some of the finest examples of 18th century décor.
The original estate dates back to 1253, however, the hall was burned down around 1734 and was rebuilt by Henry Ibbetson, only to be destroyed by fire again in 1743.

It was Sir John Ibbetson who, in 1776, commissioned John Carr, of York – renowned as the leading architect of his era in the North of England – to create the Denton Hall we know today. Carr also designed Harewood House and the stable block of Castle Howard.

The hall is set in the heart of 2,500 acres of colourful, secluded, landscaped grounds, which feature their own manicured lawns, mature woodlands, working farms and two lakes – bringing a picturesque blend of tranquillity and sophistication - the perfect backdrop to our wide range of sporting and team-building activities.

It features four meeting rooms, two communal breakout areas and a dedicated dining room serving home-made food, scones and biscuits.

It is a unique and inspiring venue for hosting business meetings, conferences, seminars, training and creative team-building events, and product launches."



As suggested by the Old English derivation of the village name (fortification or clearing in the River Wharfe valley), Burley in Wharfedale was originally a small agricultural community with likely Roman and Anglo-Saxon roots. Burley developed in the late 18th and 19th centuries into an industrial village with many residents employed at Greenholme Mills, cotton mills powered from a goit fed from the River Wharfe. The cotton mill no longer operates, but the goit is now utilised to provide hydro electric power, and a weir remains.


St John's is the Parish Church for Menston and Burley Woodhead and is part of the Diocese of Leeds. It has been a place of worship since 1871.

Menston is a village and civil parish in the county of West Yorkshire, England. Along with Burley in Wharfedale, part of Menston is within Wharfedale Ward in the metropolitan borough of the City of Bradford. The remainder of Menston is in the Leeds City Council area.

New Birks Farm - Ings Lane Guiseley

Would love to buy this old farm house and do it up.


....fancy another ride out one day........


  1. A wonderful ride out. You've done really well working up to that distance. It's worth it though for those beautiful views. We're going for a ride out tomorrow, but nothing like that distance.
    It's good to hear from you. X

    1. Thank you Jules for the lovely comment, I have had the best summer riding my bike, even small rides are so much fun and you feel so good being out..Enjoy your ride.

  2. Hello, lovely images from your outing. I love all the critters and the birds. The views are beautiful. Enjoy your day and weekend!

  3. So lovely to have you return to blogging and see all your gorgeous photos again. You are doing so well with the cycling - it must be a great way to keep fit and see more.

    It looks such a beautiful and interesting route. Love the blue and grey bricks in those cottages and the stocks with stone pillars - so unusual. The "big house" looks interesting! The llama/alpaca pictures are so cute.

    The views are stunning and your photos so creative. Thanks so much for such a wonderful post and have a super weekend :)

    1. Thanks RR for the lovely comment, the blue houses look so odd but great too. The only thing I have managed to find on them is The tiles which cover these houses were originally intended for a swimming pool, however construction on the pool was cancelled after the tiles had already been produced. Since someone then found themselves with a load of tiles and nothing to do with them they were sold to the people building these houses.
      The big house is called Denton Hall and is now used as a wedding venue amongst other things. Grade 1 listed Georgian country house is home to some of the finest examples of 18th century décor.
      The original estate dates back to 1253, however, the hall was burned down around 1734 and was rebuilt by Henry Ibbetson, only to be destroyed by fire again in 1743.

  4. Love your pictures. An does seem appealing. Do you watch Britain by bike with Larry and George Lamb?
    Jacquie x

    1. Thank you Jaaquie for the lovely comment, have watched the program, it was good. Made me want to go out more on my bike :)

  5. Thanks for sharing & well done on your bike riding & wish I could still ride, but my vertigo problems keep me falling off now. We do a fair bit of walking, which luckily I love. Some of the places you mention, I've actually visited or been through by car. I loved your photos. Enjoy autumn & take care.

    1. Thank you Susan for the lovely comment, sorry to hear you have trouble with vertigo, I understand as I too get it occasionally. But at least you get out walking. Great to hear you have seen some of the places I have visited, there are many good walks in the area.

  6. Well done Amanda, keep up the cycling. Its the best way to see a lot in one day, with the camera.
    Great set of images.

    1. Thank you Roy, I have got to see some amazing nature over the summer as well as places. Sometimes it's nice to just go out without the camera and take it all in.

  7. Your bicycle adventures sound amazing. Well done you! And nice to see you back blogging. Maybe you will become The Quiet Cyclist. :)

    1. Thank you so much Shazza, still been reading what you have got up to even though I might not comment. Had thought about changing to The Quiet Cyclist at one point but there is a lady on Youtube with the same name!

  8. Looks like a super bike ride with so many interesting things to see along the way. Your photos are wonderful:)

    1. Thanks Rosie for the lovely comment, hope to do some more show and tell rides. After 20 years of living here I am still amazed how much I have discovered in my local area.

  9. Gorgeous photos Amanda and so lovely to see so many familiar places :) I went to a wedding at Denton Hall recently and it's a beautiful place. Good for you for getting out on the bike, my husband cycles but it's not something i'm too good at. It's such a good way to see whats around. Have you had a look at the Biking Birders book yet?

    1. Thanks Pam, I have come across places I would have never found or dared to drive to (some very narrow roads). I would love to look round Denton Hall, must have been a lovely place for a wedding. I think that's a plan then for next year , all the family out on bikes....
      Will have a look at the Biking Birders book, thanks

    2. Yes it's certainly better for exploring the countryside :) It is a gorgeous place, there is a lake too, with geese and ducks though I couldn't get a good look - bad form to take binoculars to a wedding lol. Thank you for the details on the Alpaca's we found them easily and my daughter was thrilled, she loves them!

    3. Glad you found the Alpaca's, they are becoming more popular in the area. Had hoped they did afternoon tea at the Hall so I could have a look round, but they don't.:(

    4. Oh what a shame, I bet it would be really popular if they did!

    5. Had a ride round Denton village the day after, found the entrance to the Hall, the village is so pretty and has a lovely church.

  10. I so enjoyed your post, and all from the comfort of my chair!
    Fabulous photographs and information, thank you.

    All the best Jan

    1. Thanks Jan for leaving a lovely comment, I have meany more rides to share.

  11. WHAT a post, Amanda! I love the alpaca's expression. You must be keeping really fit! I grew up in Kent, and your post brought the heady scent of the hops right back to me... We used them a lot to decorate the churches for Harvest Festival.