In our last visit to photo locations along the route of the Dales stage of The Tour de France we’re having another look at Wensleydale which Le Tour visits twice – entering first via West Burton and travelling up the dale to Hawes then over to Swaledale via the Buttertubs Pass and then returning from Swaledale to Leyburn and travelling down towards Ripon.
We saw the lovely waterfall at West Burton in the previous post in this series, but we can’t visit this part of Wensleydale without a look at the delights of Aysgarth Falls, just a short hop from the main road past Aysgarth church. The Upper Falls are easily visible from the bridge (above).
A short walk away along the well made path are the impressive lower falls – a glorious stepped cascade in the River Ure, which makes a great photographic subject at any time of year, especially in some soft diffused light.
Sadly, the riders of Le Tour won’t be able to hang around to enjoy the lovely summer twilight and the moon rising over the flat topped hill of Addleborough, as they’ll have an appointment at the finish line down in Harrogate. But if they’re lucky they might just catch a glimpse of poppies in the fields along the way near Ripon!
If you’d like to join us for some landscape photography in wonderful Wensleydale then have a look at our Aysgarth Workshop page. In the meantime, enjoy Le Tour Yorkshire!