Our 2016 Yorkshire Calendar follows the same layout and format as the last three years, with A4 size pages folding out to give an A3 size picture/date grid display. As postal charges have increased, we have made sure that the calendar fits within the Post Office's "large letter" size limit and, when posted, weighs just under the 250g price break in the Post Office's pricing schedule.
I always find it interesting to hear customers' reactions to the photographs in the calendar (and would appreciate readers' thoughts on any of this year's images).
This year, I have already received lots of comments about my image of Castle Hill - both reminiscences about visits to the hill, and recollections about the pub and bowling green which used to be on the summit (and comments about plans for a new development on the site). Personally, I feel that great care is required before imposing a modern development on such an iconic location.
Another picture which has generated some comments is the June image of Ribblehead. I learned from a visitor to the Great Yorkshire Show that the meadows in the foreground of this image are being managed to restore the traditional hay meadows which were once common across the country, but are now only seen in a select few areas. All I could say was that these efforts certainly seem to be paying off. I have walked the path across to Ribblehead Viaduct quite a few times over the years, and the wildflower display this year was undoubtedly the best I have seen from this location.
A third photograph which seems worthy of comment is the November image of an impressive beech tree next to the path around Swinsty Reservoir. The reservoir is one of a string running down the Washburn valley (located between Harrogate and Skipton). The path around Swinsty (and also Fewston, the next reservoir up the valley) are maintained by Yorkshire Water. It offers an attractive walk all the year round. I have walked the circuit in the winter after particularly wet periods when many of my regular routes can be very muddy. The gravel path is pretty well drained, so the walk remains relatively firm when many other routes are a quagmire.
The large beech tree curves gracefully over the path, with the path fence diverted around the tree - emphasised by the shadows of the fence rails.
The calendar is now available to order from the 2016 calendar page of our website. We have maintained the price of our calendars at only £7.50 each, including UK postage and packing, for the fourth year in succession.