After 2 hours of travelling from my house in Pontefract, Stephen and I arrived at our first photography location which was Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales. It was still dark and we were the first car in the small roadside car park. There is an old saying in the UK which is ‘the early bird catches the worm’, this turn out to be very true, the sunrise and light was brilliant on this morning.
After navigating our way through a bog in the darkness with the help of Stephen’s head torch we reached a limestone causeway/outcrop which gave us an elevated view of Ribblehead Viaduct to our right, Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough Hill in front and Whernside behind us. It was still well below freezing and bloody cold! Me being a muppet, I had no gloves, which was not pleasant (to say the least) by the time we had been there photographing for an hour or so. When the sun started to light the sky, Ribblehead Viaduct and the Peaks, the cold was soon almost forgotten about, it was time for photography ..
Once the best of the sunrise and light had passed, it was time to return to the car to get a warm cup of coffee and try to get our finger moving again, which were by now like icicles and almost unable to press the camera shutter!
While waiting for my hot coffee to cool a little I snapped of this image just at the side of were we had parked. Our fingers were now in pain as they started to warm and hot aches had kicked in .. 😕
For the first time in a couple of hours we were warm again. It was 9:30am and time to travel to our second planned photography location which involved a short drive to the village of Ingleton and the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail.
Ingleton Waterfall Trail is a 4.5 mile round walk on private land with a £6 entrance fee. Having parked we set off and worked our way from waterfall to waterfall along the narrow path taking pictures as we went.
After a while we had worked our way around to Thornton Force waterfall where we came across The Green Hornet!
RANT – Most of our images of Thornton Force waterfall were spoiled by an idiot in a luminous green top who climbed onto a prominent square of rock right in front of the waterfall and stayed there in the line of shot of many photographers and people just enjoying the sights and walk.
Thank you very much Green Hornet, photographers get a bad name once again … Grrr … I hope you see this post.
After crossing a bridge over the valley and going past the ice cream van that was parked in the middle of nowhere (no I didn’t), we headed through a farm and eventually met the other river in the valley that started leading us back to where we had started.
This valley and river was harder to photograph, it was a good way down to the left of the path and many times out of view, none the less the scenery was lovely even in January.
Eventually we came to a lovely flat rock outcrop where you are allowed to leave the path, have a wonder around and take some photos.
We took a few images from various angles around this area., we had almost done photographing when guess who slipped on a moss covered rock and fell into the only large puddle there? Yes you guess, me! The tripod, D7100, lens and square filter got wet through, as did I. Luckily my leg took the worst of the fall and it bloody hurt!! I made a right mess of my leg but my filter holder and pride were the only things that got broken luckily .. This is the shot I took before the fall ..
After the broken filter holder I dried my gear and packed all away, I then went on and took some hand held shots until we arrived back at the car. Despite the fall, it was a pleasant day’s photography and great to be out in such surroundings having just photography to worry about and nothing else, bliss ..
The Yorkshire Dales is a beautiful part of the UK and a must see if ever you are in the area.