21st September 2011

work party clearing gorse from Haltcliffe copper smelter

looking down on the work party site

gorse is to be cleared from this area to reveal the leat to the smelter

trying to start a gorse burning fire ..

.. soon successful in the strong wind

our main job was feeding gorse onto the fire ..

.. some of it quite big branches

Tom with his chain saw has cleared one bank of the leat ..

.. and now the other side is almost gorse free

looking up the leat with Carrock Fell behind

looking over our fire to other parts of the old smelter

a 19th century map showing the smelter which used to have buildings - now long gone

looking back on the site as the fire dies down

lots of water in the High Wath ford