At the height of the industrial period small mills stood on this spot on the banks of that small river, the Meanwood Beck. The board above shows photos and maps from the archive. And industry is not entirely gone from the area. During my visit yesterday two stonecutters where noisily cutting and shaping stone, probably for gravestones.
This photo was taken from a good path along the western bank of the stream. But this is almost as far as it goes at this point. To the right of the picture the steep bank reaches right down to the water making it almost impossible to progress further. The Meanwood Trail itself is via the well-kept paths way up atop the steep slope of the valley.
I took the photo above in order to give some idea of how tall those trees are that cling to the steep slope of the hill. But paradoxically the photo seems to reduce the majesty of those trees.
One of the walls alongside the path at the top has attracted some splendid graffiti. It would be great if there were more walls to attract would-be artists to the walls, so that they leave the signage (and similar) alone. (And I am not actually suggesting that the graffiti artists responsible for those walls have defaced anything at all.)
The whole area is very popular with dog walkers. So much so that the rubbish bin was full ... mainly with plastic shopping bags wrapped around dog droppings neatly collected by the walkers. Highly commendable, given how wild much of the area is.
On Tues April 10th, the lawn-mower arrived to mow the large field near the top of the ridge and also to mow a few quite specific paths through the long grass near the stream at the bottom. I am very impressed by the way the area is maintained.