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