THIS GREEN TUNNEL is the unofficial entrance to Horbury Quarry which looks at its
best at this time of year with the May blossom out on the hawthorns. The path opens
out (above) and you pass clumps of purple-flowered comfrey as you approach the eastern
end of the rock face. My brother and I and our friends played here as children and
made a flying machine film here as teenagers. Today’s children aren’t quite so free-range
but the place is still popular with dog walkers and some friends of mine used to
pick ‘the best wild raspberries you can find’ from their own ‘secret’ clump hidden
away in some corner of the quarry.
As you drive into Horbury on the road from Huddersfield, the quarry comes into view
as you approach the bridge over the railway. It gives its name to the road alongside,
Quarry Hill, and to the old pub at the top of the hill, the Quarry Inn.
Click the image (left) to view a Quicktime Panorama of the quarry, Horbury’s landmark
dating from the Victorian period when stone was supplied to build the mission hall
at nearby Horbury Bridge. This massive bed of sandstone, known as Horbury Rock, was
laid down in sandbanks in a river or delta towards the end of the Carboniferous period,
some 300 million years ago.