Thanks to the magnificent Settle to Carlisle railway, parts of the western Yorkshire Dales are easily accessible by train, so heading out on a landscape photography shoot doesn’t necessarily mean driving, which is great for those of us that don’t particularly enjoy driving. I’d been meaning to have a look at the area around Hull Pot for a while, so took the train to Horton-in-Ribblesdale and hiked from the village toward the foot of Pen-Y-Ghent and out on the track across rugged farmland.
I’d picked an overcast day after a few days of heavy rain, hoping that Hull Pot Beck would be in spate and improving the chances of getting a nice waterfall tumbling into the pot. The beck proved to be quite full, but most of the water disappeared underground before the lip of Hull Pot so there was no huge waterfall, but the view over the pot toward Pen-Y-Ghent with a brooding sky above still made a nice moody image.
There was, however, a little waterfall in the pot, emerging about halfway down the limestone wall, which made a nice detail subject. But the best images were to be found just a bit further upstream in Hull Pot Beck where the swollen stream tumbled over a series of small waterfalls providing plenty of subject matter for a series of moving water detail and abstract images.
The peaty water added a touch of colour to the layered cascades in the beck, along with reflections from the steely grey sky above. All in all it proved a successful afternoon’s work, and after a pleasant hike back down to Horton-in-Ribblesdale I had a relaxing train ride home, rather than having to bother with the fuss of driving.
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