|Above: Tess takes time out to fathom the contrasting fragrances as the path nears the exit stile from the wood.|
Above: the ancient hamlet of Swartha can be seen from the field path out of the wood towards High Brunthwaite. There are also splendid views across the Aire valley. The name Swartha means 'dark ravine'. Agricultural settlement here goes back 800 years. More recently, upmarket houses, near the entrance to the wood, have attractively replaced farm outbuildings.