Shaping the Valley
The Landscape of the Washburn Valley
South of the A59, the Washburn continues through the rugged grandeur of Millstone Grit scenery but the reservoirs and their associated coniferous woodland have a great impact. A view of Swinsty reservoir shows no sign of Fewston village which was so obvious and attractive in 1900,
There are some indications of better conditions for agriculture, most notably around Timble village where the pattern of long strip fields suggests earlier development than the rectangular fields seen elsewhere in the valley. The latter are typical of the late 18th or 19th centuries.
The scenery changes as the valley broadens near Leathley and merges with Wharfedale. The surface geology here consists mainly of glacial and alluvial deposits, the soils are lighter and the land generally has an open southerly aspect and low elevation. The large, well cultivated fields give the impression of rich farm land and easier conditions than those further up the valley, an impression that is confirmed by the appearance of the larger houses such as Leathley Hall, a great contrast with its rugged, not so distant, neighbours at Scow and Lindley.
Washburn Valley South of the A59
Leathley Church - St. Oswalds