Home Over the centuries there have been several intrusions of the outside world into the Valley: Bronze Age cup and ring stones show evidence of man’s presence in the valley thousands of years ago the Romans built a road passing across Blubberhouses Moor the valley was part of the ancient Royal Forest of Knaresborough, a […]
Home The Washburn Valley demonstrates a rich and diverse collection of vernacular architecture: 120 plus listed buildings – five Grade 2*, six Grade 1. Ranging from a roadside milestone to an Elizabethan manor house. Some constructions survive from a former way of life, such as pack horse bridges, ice houses and hunting lodges. Stained glass […]
Home For a small and compact place the Washburn has a surprisingly wide range of habitats within its boundaries. Within 10 or so miles you can walk from the high moorland around Thruscross to the flat valley bottom around Leathley. The habitats include: heather moorlandpoorly drained moorland edges (in-bye land)reservoirs and streamsgrassland – improved […]
Home There are several nationally famous people associated with the Washburn Valley. These include: The Fairfax family of Roundheads who lived at Scow Hall. Edward Fairfax (circa 1580 – 1635) was a translator who in 1600 translated Tasso’s ‘Jerusalem Delivered’, for which he is best known. It was dedicated to Queen Elizabeth I of England. He also […]
Home The valley is approximately 22km long and the river Washburn rises above Thruscross reservoir near Stump Cross Caverns and flows to Leathley where it feeds into the river Wharfe.
Home The Washburn Valley is a special place for many people. Both residents and visitors hold it with affection for its natural beauty and tranquillity – their own local lake district. What is special about it? Its very distinctive heritage of Human and Natural History with landscape strongly influenced by past generations through settlement form, dry […]