Yorkshire Waterfalls 6 – Lumb Hole Falls

This lovely waterfall is situated on Crimsworth Dean Beck near Hebden Bridge and is worth a look at any time of year, but with the shortening days signalling the imminent arrival of autumn it’s a good one to visit as the leaves start to turn as it’s located near some lovely woodlands too.

Lumb Hole Waterfall on Crimsworth Dean Beck near Pecket Well, Hebden Bridge
Lumb Hole Waterfall on Crimsworth Dean Beck near Pecket Well, Hebden Bridge

The falls are about 3km to the North of Hebden Bridge, nearer to Pecket Well on the A6033, so I caught the Haworth bus from Hebden Bridge to the nearest stop to make a linear walk back.  It’s just a short walk from the road down a steep path to the little stone footbridge over the beck above the falls.  It’s an unusual waterfall with two separate drops – one much taller than the other, which makes an interesting subject on its own.

Lumb Hole Waterfall and Crimsworth Dean Beck
Lumb Hole Waterfall and Crimsworth Dean Beck

As always, I went on a nice still overcast day to get the best diffused light for photographing the moving water and packed a sturdy tripod for the resulting longer exposures.

The walk back to Hebden Bridge, taking in part of the Haworth to Hebden Bridge Walk, took me through autumn woodlands with interesting lichen covered boulders along the paths.

Footpath in Middle Dean Woods near Pecket Well
Footpath in Middle Dean Woods near Pecket Well

For a longer walk, you could park at Hardcastle Crags and walk through the woods along Hebden Water, then cut across Turn Hill (or further up along the path below Shackleton Knoll) to get to Lumb Hole Falls before returning along my route back to Hardcastle Crags – OS map OL21 South Pennines is the one to check!

If you’d like to join us for some autumn photography later this year, we have spaces at the moment on our visit to Bolton Abbey in early November.

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