Last Week’s Shoot – Skipton Woods

This was actually a walk on my day off after our final workshop of the season at Bolton Abbey.  The colours in Strid Wood had been fantastic during the workshop, so a look at nearby Skipton Castle Woods was in order – and as this was a day off I just grabbed the trusty little Olympus OM-D E-M10 to take a few shots along the way…

Skipton Castle Woods in Autumn
Fallen Leaves on the Path by Long Dam in Skipton Castle Woods, Skipton, Yorkshire

Starting from the Bailey Car Park we walked down into town and then along the canal towpath from High Corn Mill up to the Sawmill Entrance to Skipton Castle Woods, where there’s a nice new interpretation board with a selection of leaflets including one on the Earl of Thanet Trail (a circular walk talking in the woods and the towpath route we’d arrived on) which I was pleased to see contained a couple of my images from a previous visit for a commissioned shoot for the Woodland Trust!

Skipton Castle Woods in Autumn
Autumn Reflections in Long Dam in Skipton Castle Woods

We continued following the Earl of Thanet Trail taking the steps up Sougha Gill and along the top of the bank before descending to Long Dam, where there were fabulous autumnal reflections in the still water. 

Skipton Castle Woods in Autumn
Autumn Colours and Reflections in the Mill Leat in Skipton Castle Woods

Here we deviated from the Earl of Thanet route and followed the path along Long Dam back to Round Dam and retraced the path by the Mill Leat back towards the Sawmill Entrance – simply because it’s the most attractive part of the walk!

Skipton Castle Woods in Autumn
Fallen Autumn Leaves in the Mill Leat in Skipton Castle Woods

After this a stroll along the canal into the town centre in search of lunch rounded things off nicely.

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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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