There are many wonderful waterfalls throughout Yorkshire which make great photographic subjects, so as part of our Photography Locations posts we’re starting a regular Yorkshire Waterfalls feature having a close look at an individual waterfall each time.  As our main waterfalls workshop is Aysgarth it makes sense to start with the mighty Lower Aysgarth Falls!

Lower Aysgarth Falls, Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales
Lower Aysgarth Falls, Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales

This spectacular stepped waterfall, formed from horizontal layers of hard limestone, is the third in a triple flight of waterfalls on the River Ure in the heart of Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  The falls change dramatically with the weather from the gentle steps in the image above to a raging torrent of peaty water after heavy rain.

Natural Light Photography Workshop at Aysgarth and West Burton 10 June 2017
Photography Workshop at Aysgarth

Below the falls there is an area of flat rock which makes a great spot for photographing the steps – it’s normally accessible via a short scramble down from the riverside path, unless the river level is exceptionally high!

Peaty Water in Lower Aysgarth Falls
Peaty Water in Lower Aysgarth Falls

The viewpoint above the falls is easy to get to from the path and provides an alternative zig-zag view of the falls (see featured image, top) and lots of scope for photographing abstract details!

There is parking at the National Park Centre and the lower falls can be reached by following the riverside path downstream through the woods.