Capturing the Watershed Landscape on Film

Simon Warner, our third artist in residence, worked with parents of Eastwood Primary School in Keighley and Keighley Soroptimists to help inspire new groups to explore the moors and photograph their experiences for an exhibition based at the Brontë Parsonage Museum entitled 'Ways to the Stone House'.

The first outing took the group to the Brontë Parsonage Museum where curator Ann Dinsdale gave a short talk on the Brontës and led the group around the museum, before a windy walk out to Penistone Hill to look at the classic view up the Worth Valley towards the watershed and Top Withins. Since then the group have been going out regularly and exploring different parts of the South Pennine landscape.  

Next, the group tackled a trek along the Brontë Way to the highest reach of the Worth Valley. In Spring the steep valley sides below Moor Lodge are transformed by flowering Rhodendrons, planted in the heyday of estate landscaping after their introduction from China by 19th century plant collectors. 

Armed with the Stanza Stones Trail Guide, the group headed to Ilkley Moor where they discovered the Backstone Beck Stanza Stone on a walk from the Cow and Calf Rocks – with a good deal of clambering!  As Simon recalls ‘it was a magic moment to find it lurking in the middle of the stream’.  The group also managed to fit in fish and chips and a visit to see the 'Moor Views' exhibition at the Manor House Museum, Ilkley.

Throughout their meetings, the group have been encouraged to take photographs recording their experiences of what have been some fairly adventurous outings. Simon has been keen to encourage the groups to compare the moorland landscape with the urban landscape where they live.

Selected images from the walks were exhibited as part of 'Ways to the Stone House' exhibition at Brontë Parsonage Museum. Click here for more information.