A Walk Around Ribblehead

I’m progressing steadily with the processing backlog and am looking at images from a couple of trips to Ribblehead in the rugged three peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales at the moment.  It’s a great place to explore by train, with Ribblehead station being just a short walk from the impressive Victorian viaduct striding across the valley.

Arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct with Ingleborough behind

It’s worth gaining a bit of height on the path past the viaduct heading up toward Whernside where there are fine views to be had of the viaduct with the flat-topped peak of Ingleborough in the distance.

Steam Train Hauled by The Scots Guardsman on the Ribblehead Viad

Overcast conditions are fine for moody shots, and with the sun’s position in the late morning it probably looks better than on a bright sunny day anyway.  I was there at that time specifically to catch one of the many steam trains crossing the Ribblehead Viaduct in the summer months.  This one is the Dalesman service hauled by 46115 Scots Guardsman, for those interested in that sort of thing!

Meadow with Field Barn at Gauber near Ribblehead

It was quite busy with photographers on the hillside as the steam locomotive went by, but most people sloped off after it had gone, leaving me with most of Ribblehead to myself!  So I set off along the road to Gauber at first, with great views over meadows to the left of the road.

Lone Tree and Pen y Ghent from Gauber

After a while I picked up the path which skirts the lower slopes of Park Fell.  There were fine views of Ingleborough and Whernside throughout my walk, but this was the only spot with a good viewpoint for the third of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Pen Y Ghent way across Ribblesdale in the distance.

Clouds Over Whernside from Sleights Pasture Rocks

I continued on the path to Sleights Pasture Rocks, a lovely area of limestone pavement with attractive ferns growing in the grykes, and a nice view toward Whernside in the distance.

Boulder at Sleights Pasture Rocks with Ingleborough near Ribbleh

There was a wealth of subject matter around this area for the landscape photographer with views across limestone to Ingleborough in the other direction, plus various large boulders which made interesting subjects themselves.

Field Barn Below the Slopes of Whernside

From Sleights Pasture I followed the path back to the Ingleton road, crossing this and heading back towards Whernside with a field barn and dry stone walled meadows below the slopes of the highest of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks.

Ribblehead Viaduct across a Meadow

I followed the lane and then paths across the valley back towards the viaduct, which had barely been out of view on the whole walk!

About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a landscape and travel photographer based in Yorkshire, England. He supplies licensed images through marksunderland.com - The Source for Images of Yorkshire - and also runs photography workshops in the Yorkshire Dales with Natural Light Workshops.

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