In preparation for our September workshop to Ribblehead

Posted by on June 2, 2016

© sam oakes photography Ribblehead viaduct railway

© sam oakes photography – Ribblehead viaduct railway

In preparation for our September workshop in Ribblehead, Mark and I went for our second recce to familiarise ourselves with the route and possible photography stops. This is our first time running this particular workshop but not our first in the area. A few years back we ran a trip from the viaduct up to the Standing Stone on Twisleton Scar via the impressive Thornton Falls, but we had to drive between locations which wasn’t quite our preference, so a walking circuit was put into planning.

Ella the dog helping with composition

Ella the dog helping with composition

Joined by the ever faithful Ella the dog and equipped with the all-important packed lunch, we set out for the day from the Station Inn. The first stop isn’t far and takes in the viaduct quite close up with Ingleborough in the background. The slightly elevated view gives a great perspective along the valley and positions the impressive stone arches nicely within the surrounding countryside.

© sam oakes photography - Field barn on farmland and Whernside

© sam oakes photography – Field barn on farmland and Whernside

Our walking tour follows a circular route keeping the viaduct in view throughout and makes its way through typical Yorkshire farmland, with a stop to take in a field barn with Whernside in the background, before heading up to a lone tree, and then a large section of limestone pavement. In each direction there’s an impressive view with a backdrop of one of the Three Peaks. Further on and Pen-y-ghent comes into view, offering a few photo opportunities along the way.

© sam oakes photography - Lone tree on limestone pavement

© sam oakes photography – Lone tree on limestone pavement

© sam oakes photography - Limestone pavement detail

© sam oakes photography – Limestone pavement detail

From there we make our way back to the start point, where evening shots of the viaduct make for a great finish to the day. Together the Three Peaks and Ribblehead present such an amazing location for photography; the weather often throws up different challenges, which means it looks different every time I have been back. And, as per all our previous recces, it always amazes me how two photographers can be in the same location, with the same subjects and light, but always return with two very different sets of images.

© Mark Sunderland photography - Ribblehead Viaduct from Batty Moss Ribblehead Yorkshire Dales England

© Mark Sunderland photography – Ribblehead Viaduct from Batty Moss Ribblehead Yorkshire Dales England

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