Wensleydale Landscape and Waterfalls Workshop – Sunday, 15 September 2024


Discover Wensleydale – Sunday, 15 September 2024

Meeting at West Burton Force (Cauldron Falls), West Burton 10 AM



Welcome to Wensleydale

It’s one of the biggest dales, with a wide valley bottom and fantastically shaped hills on either side. The main draw of Wensleydale though is the water features. Packed full of waterfalls and the biggest lake in Yorkshire.

This is a fantastic day out for any level of photography skills – plus for lunch, we’ll pop into Hawes for some traditional Yorkshire fish and chips!

This is designed to take you to lots of great locations with a minimum of walking – firstly to maximise the number of locations we can visit and to make it accessible to people of all physical abilities.

What we’ll see

Each trip will be different – but these are some of the highlights we’ll take you to, time permitting.

West Burton Force

The first stop will be this delightful waterfall at West Burton – there’s also a great little bridge with another cascade going beneath it. It’s a perfect place to kick off as we park right next to the falls and can take time to show you each step of making waterfall photos.

Aysgarth Falls

The classic falls in Wensleydale – we can stop here for a couple of hours to take in the lower falls. The views here are from on the fall side, which everyone gets – and from below the falls, which is the black and white version here.

Along with the falls there are interesting cobble-holes in the limestone, holes left over from glacial times. The make great compositional features.

Hardaw Force

The highest unbroken waterfall in England – you can get a sense of scale from the tiny people at the foot of the falls.

Buttertubs Pass

Made famous from the Tour De France passing over in 2014, this is possibly the most famous pass in the Dales. We’ll head up here for a short trip to get views over the valley – that is Ingleborough in the distance, a good 20 miles away


If the weather is being kind, we’ll end at semerwater – a 1 mile long lake near Bainbridge. This bank faces west, so the sun sets in the perfect place – and in winter, the slow moving water can easily freeze over giving great icy patterns.


What you’ll learn…

All abilities are welcome on this day out, so come armed with questions and your camera manual.

The main landscape skills are:-

  • Composition – what to include in a photo to make it work
  • Exposure – getting the right brightness, using the HISTOGRAM
  • Kit – tripods, use of filters, ND grads, 10-stop filters and Polarisers

But we can help with all your questions – if you are brand new, or really experienced, we can help get you to the next level.


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