Buttercup Meadow in Wensleydale
Buttercup Meadow in Wensleydale

 

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.

Upper Aysgarth Falls
Upper Aysgarth Falls

 

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).

Lower Aysgarth Falls
Lower Aysgarth Falls

 

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.

Wensleydale and Addleborough at Dusk
Wensleydale and Addleborough at Dusk

 

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!

Poppies in an Oilseed Rape Field near North Stainley
Poppies in an Oilseed Rape Field near North Stainley

 

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!