Woodside Quarry A wilderness in the suburbs of Leeds

It is in vain to dream of a wilderness distant from ourselves. There is none such. It is the bog in our brains and bowels, the primitive vigor of Nature in us, that inspires that dream.

Henry David Thoreau,

Journal, August 30, 1856


Woodside Quarry, operated by Briggs & Co. until the 1980s, is a huge disused quarry in the middle of some of the suburbs in north Leeds.

Looking the full length of that road you can just see a silver car passing on the Ring Road (A6120). For a few years I lived in one of the houses on the horizon.
March 20th. The quarry looked greener than it did in May (see below) after a very dry April.
Winter rains have made the grass quite green.
The quarry in Winter. The top line of trees in the bottom photos (with my shadow) are the same ones as in the next picture (below)
May 7th. A return to the quarry in Spring.
Spring growth all around the quarry.
The quarry provided sand and gravel. In the ground I spotted this brick made in the neighbouring suburb of Horsforth.
A lone quad-biker rides into the setting sun.
What a great place this would be to film a Western !
To exit the quarry one needs to climb the bank on the right
Spring foliage in the evening light.
Even in the poor soil, Spring has clothed the trees and bushes with new foliage.
In the distance, having fun with quad-bikes. The train line passes just beyond the line of the trees.
Space to race.
Finally the quad-biker heads for home.
A steep descent into Clayton Woods
Looking down into Clayton Woods (with two fisherman passing).
Clayton Woods looks to me like 'original' or ancient woodland (i.e. one that is not been planted but has evolved over centuries).
MAY 8th. A chance to show off my discovery to my son, Michael (above)
Far in the distance, we could see a small group of youngsters having a great time
The larger of the two big ponds. The smaller is just visible at the lower level beyond.
A sense of serenity at these two quiet ponds. The smaller is at a lower level off to the left of the picture.
Two of the seven fishermen around the two big ponds in the evening
The two big ponds are just the other side of that fence

The view from Google Earth:

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Lloyd Spencer


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