With the Tour de France looming it seems like a good time to have a little tour of the Dales of our own, with a focus on locations on or around the first stage route of the Grand Départ which wends its way through the splendid scenery of the Yorkshire Dales en route from Leeds to Harrogate (tip: it’s quicker by train or 36 bus should you wish to complete this journey yourself…)
I’m starting in Upper Swaledale around Keld (just off Le Tour route which crosses Buttertubs Pass and heads down Swaledale through Muker) as the woods around the spectacular double waterfall Kisdon Force should be filled with wild garlic flowers at the moment, so it’s a good spot for a bit of woodland and water photography, especially with some light cloud cover giving more soft diffused lighting. It’s just a short walk from Keld on the path along the south side of the river.
In the River Swale above the lower force, ripples reflect the fresh late spring/early summer green foliage contrasting with the rocks of the riverbed and providing ideal subject matter for abstract images.
Heading south from Keld near the tiny village of Angram are a couple of fine field barns with red doors below the slopes of Kisdon Hill. In early summer these are surrounded by fields of buttercups (top and above).
Near Thwaite there are also good views of buttercup meadows dotted with field barns looking down Swaledale towards Muker. Hazy sunshine works very well with these subjects, and an uninteresting sky can easily be left out of the composition.