Category Archives: Hagg Wood
The Tour de France sped through Holmfirth – and about 200m from the house – over the weekend. No one really knew what to expect, but the atmosphere and the event was somewhat surreal. Everyone seem to enter into the spirit of the event and the atmosphere was amazing.
We stood on the side of the road on the way into Holmfirth. We got there about 2 hours before the main event, but even then the roadsides were starting to get busy. With an hour before the cyclists were due to arrive, the “caravan” of vehicles sped through in advance – many of them promotional vehicles, others police cars and motorcyclists. It seemed to be more than enough to keep the crowds entertained and before we knew it, the cyclists (all 200 of them) had come and gone.
After nearly three weeks of great weather, today it is a litte overcast.
This is the view from the top field looking across the valley – even on an overcast day, it is a great view.
The lower field has a dry stone wall that adjoins some woodland. The woodland is largely protected by tree presevation orders (TPOs), but the undergrowth is now encroaching on our land and is starting to damage the wall. Jo decided it was time to start cutting some of this back in preparation for the wall being repaired (not quite sure when I am going to find the time for that!).
We haven’t touched any of the trees, but it is largely the holly that has been removed. There are a number of dead trees, or live trees with dead branches – that also need to be cut back. It is going to be a long job, but at least we have made a start!
We have always been aware that there is a mobile telephone mast in the woods above the property. I realised it was more than a mobile phone mast when I saw the deeds providing access to the mast on behalf of the IBA.
We walked up into the woods today and had a closer look. A quick search online proves that it is indeed a television transmitter as well as a mobile phone mast. More details here: http://www.ukfree.tv/shutdowndetail.php?tx=SE148105
The mast is a few hundred meters from the property and is largely obscured by the woods (certainly in summer with leaves on the trees).
And I guess the other thing is that by the looks of the map above, we should get great reception of digitial TV. Strangely I have looked through all the photos of the property that we have taken and none of them have got the mast in shot.