Last Week’s Shoot – Birk Crag

I have wandered through the Pine Woods at Harrogate a number of times on visits to Harlow Carr gardens but have never explored the woods at nearby Birk Crag, so with the autumn colours coming to their peak I picked a nice still overcast day last week to explore…

Birk Beck in Autumn Harrogate
Birk Beck in Birk Wood in Autumn, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

There is an area of woodland immediately next to Harlow Carr Gardens around Birk Beck leading down to the crag which proved to be delightful with lots of colourful trees and a carpet of fallen leaves by the stream.

Birk Wood in Autumn
Autumn Colours in Birk Wood, Harrogate

There’s even a place to sit high on the bank above the beck and enjoy the autumn colours!

Birk Wood in Autumn
Autumn Colours in Birk Wood

By this time it had started to rain but the woodland gave enough cover to carry on taking photographs regardless – and the light was just lovely for autumn photography.

Boulder and Birch Trees at Birk Crag
Boulder and Silver Birch Trees at Birk Crag

The path eventually turned to follow the top of the crag and a large boulder amongst the silver birch trees indicated a slightly different landscape to come.

Gritstone Rocks at Birk Crag
Gritstone Rocks and Silver Birch Trees at Birk Crag

The edge of the crag was more dramatic with much larger rocks and the surrounding woodland was almost entirely silver birch trees which, despite the recent windy conditions, still had some delicate yellow leaves clinging to them.

Gritstone Rocks at Birk Crag
Gritstone Rocks at Birk Crag in Autumn

The path continued along the crag top for some way, with more interesting rock shapes and autumn colours along the way, before finally emerging onto a road for a short walk back to my starting point at Valley Gardens.

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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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