The Real "Happy Valley"

BBC1 Happy Valley

Halovue Aerial Photography was part of a team of drone operators commissioned to film season 3 of the BBC smash hit drama Happy Valley, however only Phil Fearnley and his drone team actually live in this stunning location.

After filming with renowned writer Sally Wainwright, who also went to the same school as Phil, on both season one and two of the BBC / HBO drama Gentleman Jack, also set in Calderdale it was a great honour to fly the drones for Sally and the team at Lookout Point productions.
Phil also had the pleasure of having one of the filming locations right on his doorstep in Ripponden making his trip to the flying locations the shortest he’s ever had. As well as this his home was also used as the green room for several cast members including Catherine Cawed played by Sara Lancashire, Joanna Hepworth played by Mollie Winnard, Faisal Bhatti played by Amit Shah and the Poppy and Florence the Hepworth children.

So when Phil wasn’t flying you could find him making cups of tea for the stars, making this a very Happy Valley.

Drone footage filmed around Calderdale, England.

Calderdale has some of the most dramatic Film and Tv locations in the United Kingdom. It’s feature in many high end Tv and Film productions including, Happy Valley, Gentleman Jack, Ackerley Bridge, The Gallows Pole, Marvel Studios, The English Game, Meet the Richardsons, Cold Feet, Moorside, Swallows and Amazons, Last Tango In Halifax, My Summer Of Love, The Full Monte, Hank Zipper, Brassic and Catch Me Daddy.

This stock footage page has been set up to supply images of this stunning location at an affordable rate filmed over the past few years.

These images are hosted on our pond5 site which gives you the opportunity to download water marked versions of the clips in order to see if they fit into your film project. If they do then simply select the image quality and let pond 5 take care of all the payments ready for you to instantly down load.

'Calderdale' the real Happy Valley

Baitings reservoir is set high in the hills above Ripponden in Calderdale West Yorkshire, surrounded by green fields and
Baitings Reservoir
The town of Brighouse has a lovely parish church and within this image there are houses, shops , building sites and in the distance the M62 motorway.
Colden in Calderdale , West Yorkshire.
Cottonstones village in Calderdale set in hills and countryside.
Cotton Stones
Craig Vale aerial view with hills, houses and church
Craig Vale
Dean Clough Mill is a very large set of buildings set on the edge of Halifax which serves as an industrial complex.
Dean Clough
Elland is a small town with buys shops and houses located in Calderdale West Yorkshire. Its located halfway between Halifax and Brighouse and has large industrial areas.
Gibson Mill is located in dense woodland in the area known as Hardcastle Craggs. Located near Hebden Bridge in Calderdale, West Yorkshire
Gibson Mill
Halifax is a small West Yorkshire Town in Calderdale
Hardcastle Craggs is a Woodland Forrest maintained by the National trust. Its set in a deep valley surrounded by trees and fields.
Hardcastle Craggs
Hebden Bridge is a small town set in Calderdale surrounded by steep hills.
Hebden Bridge
Heptonstall is a small village in Calderdale West Yorkshire overlooking Hebden Bridge, surrounded by hills and fields.
Oats Mill is set in the countryside surrounded by fields and is located above Luddenden Village in Calderdale West Yorkshire.
Mytholmroyd is a small village near Hebden Bridge in Calderdale,. It is set in countryside surrounded by fields and hills.
Mytholmroyd & Brearley
The M62 motorway never closes but on this very rare occasion it was shut for high winds and snow. It is located between Halifax and Huddersfield
M62 Motorway
Norland Village church and school in Calderdale
Old Town is a small village surrounded by hills, fields and houses. Its set high in the hills above Hebden Bridge in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.
Old Town
The Piece Hall is a large structure in Halifax which is surrounded by shops and busy streets.
Piece Hall
Rishworth Village is a small town in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.
Ripponden & Rishworth
Sowerby Bridge is a small town in Calderdale West Yorkshire.
Sowerby Bridge
Shibden Hall in Calderdale, West Yorkshire is a large victorian property which now serves as a museum.
Shibden Hall
Stoodley Pike is positioned high above the the towns of Hebden Bridge and Todmorden and can be see for miles around.
Stoodley Pike
Todmorden town is in Calderdale West Yorkshire
Wainhouse Tower is located in Calderdale, West Yorkshire and is the largest filly in the world. It is a tall man made tower overlooking streets and houses.
Wainhouse Tower

Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge is a small town in Calderdale and is especially popular with tourist from all over the country and indeed the world.

Due to its picturesque location it has been used by many Film and Tv companies including The BBC drama, Happy Valley, Ackley Bridge and  Last Tango in Halifax.

The Piece Hall

The Piece Hall is a Grade I listed structure has stood at the heart of Halifax since 1779.

Originally a cloth hall but now a unique location housing small bespoke shops, wine bars and restaurants. 

It also hosts events and more recently live outdoor concerts.

However in 2022 it was also the filming location for one of the new Marvel Movies “Secret Invasion” as well as the films “Brassed Off” and ” Rita Sue and Bob Too”


Wainhouse Tower

Wainhouse Tower is a folly in the parish of King Cross, on the south-west side of Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, in England. At 275 feet, it is the tallest structure in Calderdale and the tallest folly in the world, and was erected in the four years between 1871 and 1875.

This iconic structure has featured in may TV programs but its most famously known for its part in the opening titles of the BBC drama Happy Valley season Two.

Shibden Hall


Shibden Hall is a Grade II* listed historic house located in a public park at Shibden, West Yorkshire, England. The building has been extensively modified from its original design by generations of residents, although its Tudor half-timbered frontage remains its most recognisable feature.

One of its most notable residents was Anne Lister who inherited the hall from a relative. Lister has been described as being the “first modern lesbian” due to her “love… [of] the fairer sex” that she documented in her diaries.[1]


More recently Shibden Hall was used to film the BBC / HBO drama Gentleman jack which ran for two seasons. Phil Fearnley and his team were the aerial filming unit with their drones on both series one and two.

Calderdale and ShibdenHall has now become a well established , must visit filming location for travellers.

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