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Hawksworth Woods in Horsforth. An oasis of tranquility, you cannot believe that this spot is just a five minute walk from the busy Leeds to Ilkley A65.
The woodland lies within the framework of the Upper Aire Valley. Part of the site was formerly quarried or gleaned for millstone grit but has now reverted back to woodland and scrub.
The woodlands are predominantly mixed broadleaves mainly containing oak and sycamore, with the understories consisting of rowan, hazel, holly and guelder rose. Small pockets of heather can also be found. These woodlands are currently managed to ensure a continuity of multi-aged tree cover. Great Hawksworth has received active management in recent years through the removal of invasive tree species and the promotion of understorey and ground flora.
There are also patches of heath on the exposed spoil heaps and a rich wildflower meadow. A series of natural springs occur through the wood, all flowing into Oil Mill Beck’.
Nikon D3100 with 18-55 kit lens.