West Chevin
West Chevin, autumn

Many assume that the woodland on Otley Chevin is ancient but this ridge which overlooks Otley was open moorland until 1787 when the landowner, Francis Hawksworth Fawkes, laid down a plantation at the eastern end of the ridge, followed in the early 19th century by more at the western end. The stone slab wall is known as a vaccary wall and here may have been intended to stop cattle or sheep from tumbling down the steep slope.

Ref: W13

Location: Otley, Yorkshire

West Chevin, autumn

Many assume that the woodland on Otley Chevin is ancient but this ridge which overlooks Otley was open moorland until 1787 when the landowner, Francis Hawksworth Fawkes, laid down a plantation at the eastern end of the ridge, followed in the early 19th century by more at the western end. The stone slab wall is known as a vaccary wall and here may have been intended to stop cattle or sheep from tumbling down the steep slope.

Ref: W13

Location: Otley, Yorkshire