The Yorkshire Dales - Meadow Flowers and Waterfalls


The Yorkshire Dales, named from the old Norse word 'dalr', meaning 'valleys', is characterised by rolling hills, lush green valleys, tumbling waterfalls and inspiring limestone features. It is one of the UK's most diverse national parks.

Covering 680 square miles of outstanding scenery and rich heritage, the Yorkshire Dales is one of the loveliest and most unspoilt areas in England possessing an unrivaled sense of tranquility. Steeped in heritage, it is a living, working landscape telling many tales of hardship over the years and of those who have helped shape what you see before you today.

Containing arguably some of the most enchanting scenery of the region, Upper Swaledale offers a wealth of photographic possibilities, with some stunning views and a variety of exquisite waterfalls along the River Swale. Its verdant valleys are a delight, the most famous of which is Gunnerside, a patchwork of fields intersected by dry stone walls and ancient barns.

In neighboring Wensleydale, man has also left his mark in the form of Dent Head viaduct. Forming part of the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway route it is a superb piece of architecture as is the nearby dramatic Ribblehead viaduct, with no less than 24 arches. Wensleydale is also home to many more lovely waterfalls which provide us with plenty of opportunities for exposure work and controlling movement of water with filters.

Our final day will be spent taking in some of the limestone pavement for which the Yorkshire Dales is famous for. Revealed during the last ice age, the 'porous' limestone is prone to erosion, which, over thousands of years, has had the effect of carving out channels into it, thereby forming a natural pavement. We will be visiting what is known as 'The Three Peaks' area around the famous Ribblehead viaduct, which provides some of the most dramatic scenery in the Dales.

More information and how to book


Workshop Fact File

  • Location

  • Aysgarth, Wensleydale

  • Available Dates

  • May 31st - June 3rd

  • Tutor

  • Sarah Howard

  • Max group Size

  • 8

  • Photographic Locations

  • Swaledale inc. East Gill Force, Keld, Gunnerside Meadows, Muker Meadows, Wensleydale inc Cauldron Falls, Dent Head Viaduct, Ribblehead Viaduct

  • What's included?

  • 3 full days of photographic tuition and demonstrations, all meals

  • What's Excluded?

  • Accommodation, transport to and from the Dales, personal insurance eg: Cancellation Plan, equipment insurance, drinks from the bar

  • Recommended Accommodation

  • The Wheatsheaf Inn Aysgarth

  • What will I learn on location?

  • Appropriate camera settings, working with light, composition techniques, depth of field, use of filters, long exposures with water

  • Image critiques

  • 1 - 2

  • Ability level

  • Suitable for all

  • Fitness level

  • Light - moderate

  • Cost

  • £460

  • Deposit

  • £100

  • Places remaining

  • 7