Sunday, 1 March 2020

North Dean Woods 29 February 2020

North Dean is a woodland that can be found along the Lindwell Bank hillside from Copley to Norland, and from West Vale to Greetland. There are many footpaths through the woods including part of the Calderdale Way, a 50 mile long footpath that runs around the district of Calderdale.

The wood gives a look in to the past as North Dean is a fine example of the type of woodland that used to cover large parts of the north of England. There are many different tree types visible whilst walking the woodland paths, they include Beech, Birch, Sycamore, Ash, Holly and Alder trees. In addition to the trees there are also many different plant types visible including Heather, Bluebells, Daisy's, Bilberry and Wood Sorrel.

Much of the wildlife that inhabits North Dean is nocturnal, with Squirrels, Rabbits, Foxes, Shrews, Voles, Mice and Hedgehogs all making the woods home but rarely seen. In the wetter part of the woods Frogs, Toads and Newts can also be seen, and there are over 50 species of birds recorded to have been in the woods depending on the season.

The woods main entrance can be found near Clay House at West Vale, although there are many other ways to enter the woods along the valley bottom and top. I entered at Copley near to ST Stephens Church at Copley. The River Calder and Railway run along the northern area of the woods and the Stainland Branch Line used to run through the north eastern section of North Dean too.

There are a total of 10 pictures to view, with the full set available here, on Flickr and on Clickasnap. They include a picture of a steam train running along the main line between Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge, as well as a single picture of St Stephens Church as I entered the woods.

North Dean Woods 29 2 2020
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St Stephens Church, Copley

North Dean Woods

North Dean Woods

Steam Train at Copley

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