River Washburn

A few more images of a short section of the River Washburn.


This shows the ingress of water from ‘Redshaw Gill Beck’ into the River Washburn. Whenever I walk about the countryside I’m struck by the odd bits of wall, stone gateposts and the like which initially seem pretty random but must give a clue to the history of the place – I’m often left with a ‘what’ and ‘why’ in my mind.  The stone wall here, on the right of the Beck seems to have been carefully constructed, but I’m not sure what the purpose would have been.  Perhaps it’s a feature of some long last garden.


I was taken by this tree on the opposite side of the river.  Unfortunately, the sun was not in the best position, but it’s something to bear in mind the next time I’m there (hopefully early one morning for the best lighting.)


As we walked along the river we noticed various signs of some sort of activity, wires across the river, boulders clearly place in positions where they wouldn’t have occurred naturally – choking the river at various spots.  This pole nailed it for us – the flow of the river has been ‘adjusted’ in places to the benefit of kayakers.  Following some web-based research, I now know that the local water authority co-operate by releasing extra water from the Thruscross Reservoir to facilitate some kayaking competitions.  (Another thing to suss before I go up there next – I might be able to get some action shots!)


16 thoughts on “River Washburn

  1. Nice pics Stephen…there were some old mills (flax I think) situated along the Washburn between Thruscross and Fewston and what you are seeing is probably the remains…there is a mill dam along the way with lots of dragonflies and butterflies in the summer

    • 🙂 – indeed! I wandered around the pools/mill ponds and saw the culverts. I shall be back – hopefully I’ll have time to do a little background research so I can put what I see/photograph in some sort of context.
      I’m particularly taken by the promise of dragonflies and butterflies in the summer.

      • If you are interested there is a book on West End the village under Thruscross – by Alistair someone (can’t remember his last name), but it is in Otley library – I am sure you could get it sent to your library if you wish. An fascinating book and I used it for the research on my post.

      • Alistair Laurence. Thanks. I’ve checked and I can have it sent to my library – apparently there are three in the Leeds library system.
        I must check with William Grainge’s book too – the history and topography of harrogate and the forest of Knaresborough, which the location falls within.

      • excellent! I once found a website of dozens of old b/w photos of West End and other forgotten villages but sadly the link is no longer active – if I come across a new link I will send you it

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