Yorkshire Dales

October 17, 2016  •  1 Comment

The Yorkshire Dales are a beautiful part of the UK and are full of photogenic locations including waterfalls, limestone pavements, old ruins, barns and viaducts.  We spent a wonderful few days there this summer. Here are a few photographs from our visit. If you click on any of the photographs it will take you through to the Gallery.
 

Ingleton Waterfall TrailIngleton Waterfall TrailIngleton Waterfall Trail
 

On our first day we decided to do the famous Ingleton Waterfall Walk which is one of the most popular walks in Yorkshire as it is full of spectacular waterfalls. This is a shot of the start of the walk alongside the River Twiss.
 

Pecca Falls, Ingleton Waterfall TrailPecca Falls, Ingleton Waterfall TrailPecca Falls, Ingleton Waterfall Trail
 

Pecca Falls is my favourite waterfall on the walk and is reached after about half an hour of walking.
 

Thornton Force, Ingleton Waterfall TrailThornton Force, Ingleton Waterfall TrailThornton Force, Ingleton Waterfall Trail
 

The next waterfall on the walk is the impressive Thornton Force which is the largest of the falls on the walk.
 

Ingleton Waterfall TrailIngleton Waterfall TrailIngleton Waterfall Trail
 

I thought the rapids at the top of Thornton Force were just as impressive as the waterfall.
 

Beezley Falls, Ingleton Waterfall Trail, Yorkshire Dales
 

After a while you arrive at Beezley Falls on the River Doe.
 

Rival Falls, Ingleton Waterfall TrailRival Falls, Ingleton Waterfall TrailRival Falls, Ingleton Waterfall Trail
 

Next up is the Rival Falls
 

Baxenghyll Gorge, Ingleton Waterfall TrailBaxenghyll Gorge, Ingleton Waterfall TrailBaxenghyll Gorge, Ingleton Waterfall Trail
 

The final stop on the walk is Baxenghyll Gorge which has a nice viewing bridge over the gorge..
 

Ribblesdale ViaductRibblesdale ViaductRibblesdale Viaduct
 

On the way to our cottage in Masham after Ingleton we passed by the beautiful Ribblehead Viaduct. This was built in the 1870s in order to carry trains along the Settle-Carlisle railway route. It is 400 metres long with 24 arches It was late in the evening and starting to rain when we got there but I managed to get this shot of the sun's rays peaking through the clouds.
 

Malham TarnMalham TarnMalham Tarn
 

The next day we spent in Malhamdale. This is a shot of Malham Tarn which I used to visit on school trips many years ago. This tarn is set high up in the Yorkshire Hills.
 

Lone Tree, Malham DalesLone Tree, Malham DalesLone Tree, Malham Dales
 

There is a lot of limestone pavement around Malham. This particular shot is of a lone ash tree that is particularly well known in photographic circles.
 

Janet's Foss, Malham DaleJanet's Foss, Malham DaleJanet's Foss, Malham Dale  
 

Janet's Foss is a nice little waterfall situated near Malham. It is named after Janet the Fairy Queen who was thought to live in a cave behind the waterfall.
 

Malham CoveMalham CoveMalham Cove
 

Malham cove is a huge limestone cliff which is very popular with climbers. This is a shot from the top of the Cove looking down the valley.
 

Malham DaleMalham DaleMalham Dale
 

This is one of my favourite shots of our time in the Yorkshire Dales. It sums up the beauty of the place quite nicely. Great views, rolling fields and drystone walls.
 

West Burton Falls, WensleydaleWest Burton Falls, WensleydaleWest Burton Falls, Wensleydale
 

We spent the next day in Wensleydale. This is probably the most well known of the valleys in Yorkshire. The valley runs west to east following the course of the River Ure. Our day started at West Burton Falls. This is a very photogenic waterfall because it is set in a horseshoe-shaped gorge.
 

Upper Aysgarth Falls, WensledaleUpper Aysgarth Falls, WensledaleUpper Aysgarth Falls, Wensledale
 

Aysgarth Falls are the most popular waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales as they are easily accessible and they featured in the film "Robin Hood Prince of Thieves". They are backdrop for the fight scene between Robin Hood (AKA Kevin Costner) and Little John. This is a shot of the Upper Falls.
 

Lower Aysgarth Falls, WensledaleLower Aysgarth Falls, WensledaleLower Aysgarth Falls, Wensledale
 

The Lower Falls are my favourite as it is very easy to get down to the water's edge.
 

Bolton Castle, WensleydaleBolton Castle, WensleydaleBolton Castle, Wensleydale
 

After a morning of waterfalls we had a change of scenery and visited Bolton Castle. This castle can be seen for miles around as it situated on top of a hill. It was built in the 14th Century.
 

Hardraw Force, WensleydaleHardraw Force, WensleydaleHardraw Force, Wensleydale
 

This is Hardraw Force which is England's highest single-drop waterfall.
 

Jervauxl Abbey, WensleydaleJervauxl Abbey, WensleydaleJervauxl Abbey, Wensleydale
 

I decided to get a sunset shot that evening at Jervauxl Abbey which is a ruined Cistercian Abbey near Masham. It was quite interesting being the only person there. The Abbey was founded in 1156 but was plundered during the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century.
 

Muker Meadows, SwaledaleMuker Meadows, SwaledaleMuker Meadows, Swaledale
 

Our last day was spent in Swaledale. This valley follows the course of the River Swale. The Valley has some of the prettiest field patterns and barns in the whole of Yorkshire. This is a shot of Muker Meadows behind the village of Muker.
 

Wain Wath Force, SwaledaleWain Wath Force, SwaledaleWain Wath Force, Swaledale
 

Swaledale has its share of waterfalls. There are lots of them near the village of Keld. This is Wain Wath Force.
 

Lower East Gill Force, SwaledaleLower East Gill Force, SwaledaleLower East Gill Force, Swaledale
 

East Gill Force is a small waterfall on the East Gill which is a tributary of the Swale. It is actually two waterfalls, Lower and Upper. This is a shot of the Lower Falls.
 

Upper East Gill Force, SwaledaleUpper East Gill Force, SwaledaleUpper East Gill Force, Swaledale
 

The Upper Falls.
 

Crackpot Hall, SwaledaleCrackpot Hall, SwaledaleCrackpot Hall, Swaledale
 

Above the village of Keld are the ruins of "Crackpot Hall". It has been abandoned since the 1950's but makes a great foreground to the views down the valley.
 

I hope you have enjoyed my blog on the Yorkshire Dales. You can click on any image to go through to the Gallery and see more photographs of the Yorkshire Dales.
 

Thanks for looking.
 


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Anne Goodwin(non-registered)
Fantastic scenery - remember a lot of the places you visited from my teacher training days at Hull - school trips with the kids were often into the N.Y. Moors. Area around Robin Hoods Bay is also spectacular for future reference. Lovely memories.
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