Yorkshire Dales Workshops 2018

View from Malham Cove

Our 2018 workshops season is now under way, so here’s a quick round-up of what we’ll be up to this year…

On the Edge above Gordale Scar
Photographing Malhamdale from above Gordale Scar on the Malham Workshop

This will be the eighth year of  Natural Light Workshops, which I run jointly with fellow Yorkshire photographer Sam Oakes.  We’ll be going back to old favourite locations at Malham with a great choice of subjects from Janet’s Foss waterfall in woodland near Malham to Gordale Scar and the spectacular Malham Cove itself.  A highlight of this workshop is photographing from the viewpoint above Gordale Scar with views in all directions – there’s always something to photograph no matter what sort of light we get!

The Strid Bolton Abbey North Yorkshire England
The Strid on the River Wharfe, Bolton Abbey

Our visits to Bolton Abbey and Strid Wood produce great photographic opportunities with bluebells and wild garlic flowers in Spring and spectacular autumn colour later in the year.  Deep in Strid Wood there is also the powerful Strid on the River Wharfe which provides options for moving water photography.

Bolton Priory Ruins in Spring
Bolton Priory Ruins in Spring

The priory ruins provide a great contrast to the woodland and water photography at the start and end of the day on the Bolton Abbey workshop.

Peaty Water in Lower Aysgarth Falls on the River Ure, Wensleydale
Peaty Water in Lower Aysgarth Falls on the River Ure, Wensleydale

If photographing waterfalls is your thing then we’ve got them aplenty on the Aysgarth workshop with various viewpoints along the River Ure in Wensleydale around the Upper and Lower Aysgarth Falls.  Plus, there’s the delightful West Burton Waterfall in West Burton village at the end of the day, which always proves popular with our participants!

Ribblehead Viaduct and Ingleborough
Ribblehead Viaduct and Ingleborough

Our Ribblehead workshop is a circuit around the top of the Ribble valley starting and finishing at the famous Ribblehead Viaduct and with rugged limestone pavements and views towards Yorkshire’s three peaks (Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent on the way round the walk).  The finish from limestone pavement at Ribblehead is timed to make the best use of the sunset light (if there is any!).

Photographing Pen Y Ghent near Stainforth
Photographing Pen Y Ghent near Stainforth

We’ll also be heading back to Stainforth for the second year, taking in Catrigg Force and Stainforth waterfalls, limestone pavement and a lone tree at Winskill Stones and great views toward Pen-y-Ghent and across the Ribble valley to Ingleborough.  We’re running this workshop a couple of weeks earlier this year at the end of June rather than mid July so we may see a few more buttercups like in the image above if we’re lucky!

For full details on our workshops, head along to the Natural Light website at www.yorkshire-photography-workshops.co.uk.

We hope to see you on a workshop in 2018!

About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a landscape and travel photographer specialising in Yorkshire, England. He supplies licensed images, prints and calendars 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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