For this week’s WordPress Photo challenge is Landscape I’ve chosen to show some photographs taken a couple of years ago on one of my favourite walks on the Pennine Moors in Lancashire. Part of the route follows the  narrow, cobbled road to the abandoned settlement of Haslingden Grane.

Haslingden Grane 1


Haslingden Grane is a valley west of the town of Haslingden in Lancashire. Around the middle of the nineteenth century it contained a thriving community. About 1500 people lived in the valley, some 600 of them in a village close to the main road to Blackburn, and the rest in several dozen farms and hamlets scattered around the valley. (There’s a wealth of information about the lives of the settlers from the 16th century right up to the 1920’s on the website Abandoned Communities UK)

Haslingden Grane 2

Two facts not widely known about the Haslingden Grane are:

(a)  it was a centre of the illegal whisky distilling industry

(b)  a great- or great-great-grandmother of mine lived there.

Oh I do hope she enjoyed her wee dram.

Haslingden Grane 3



litadoolan · 21 April 2016 at 19:49

Your blog is beautiful, the pages are so clean so the details of the photographs make strong impact. I have pinned these on my Pinterest for others to enjoy.

Ludwig · 10 April 2016 at 18:24

This is a wonderful window, Helen. I am linking to it in in my recap of Monday Window. Please tag it and keep showing us what you find!

    HMB · 10 April 2016 at 19:04

    Oh thank you so much, Ludwig. So encouraging! I’ll tag it Monday Window . Kindest regards, Helen

scribbler · 3 April 2016 at 19:13

Lovely pictures 🙂

    HMB · 3 April 2016 at 19:14

    Thank you. It’s one of my favourite walks.

aekshots · 3 April 2016 at 01:53

Nice shots…really like the b/w for this series…well done.

    HMB · 3 April 2016 at 07:54

    Thanks for stopping by and for your encouraging comment.

jmacindoe · 2 April 2016 at 19:25

Great shots and use of black and white photos. It really draws you into the images.

    HMB · 2 April 2016 at 19:27

    How nice of you to say so. Thank you very much. It’s an eerie kind of place going back hundreds of years.its lovely in the summer though with blue skies and lots of butterflies.

toffi · 2 April 2016 at 19:15

even though I’m not such a great b/w -fan, I like your pictures very much indeed. especially no. 2. love it!

    HMB · 2 April 2016 at 19:24

    Thanks for your comment. I’m going back again this year sometime and hopefully get some nice colour photographs!

sheilahwatson · 2 April 2016 at 18:32

Looks a great place

    HMB · 2 April 2016 at 19:28

    Yes it is. Thanks for stopping by.

HMB · 2 April 2016 at 19:29

Thanks for pingback, Chris.

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