Today's landscape photograph of the week is a throwback to 2012. A summer’s day spent walking the impressive Ingleton Waterfalls Trail which starts on the southwest border of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A mecca for walkers, families, photographers and anyone who loves the outdoors, the 4 mile circular trail first takes you north along the River Twiss and through Swilla Glen - cut into carboniferous limestone, the walk takes in stunning woodland of oak, hazel and birch. You’re treated to 3 waterfalls as you head north. the first being Pecca Falls, then Hollybush Spout. The next waterfall is the famous Thornton force. Here the River Twiss plunges 14 metres over a cliff of limestone. A stunning location and if you can go there when it’s quiet, a super spot for photography.
In my case, it turned out to be sunny. So it was rather busy. Now… usually you would say, ‘but you want it to be sunny don't you?’. Not when shooting waterfalls… ideally you want it to be a bit overcast or grey. Not raining though, obviously. The brightness can make exposing the shot incredibly difficult. Ideally you would want an exposure time around 1 second to slow the water down and give that milky look to the rater as it cascades over the cliff into the waiting river below.
If its too bright, it makes exposing for this length of time more challenging, even with neutral density filters at hand. And of course you have to be very patient and wait for the eager walkers to move on…
I took a number of shots of the various waterfalls and rivers during the walk, but one thing that I love about this place, is the proximity to Twistleton Scar and the views of Ingleborough Mountain and the limestone pavements which are around 30 minutes walk from the trail itself.
As you return south to the carpark, the next waterfalls are Beesley Falls at the start of the oak woodland and the River Doe. The next stop is Rival Falls which offer amazing views of the River Doe plunging into the Black Hole, a pool reputed to be 80 feet deep. Onto Baxengyll Gorge and to Snow Falls and finally back to the car park. The walk should take around 3 hours, but there are loads of places to stop for refreshments and paddling!
Well worth it and I will be going back on a grey and murky day (hopefully after a big rainfall).
Canon 5D / Canon 24-105mm lens
Cokin XPro ND Medium Grad Filter
Focal length: 24mm