Autumn walks in Yorkshire

Staithes at dusk, a unique and quaint little fishing village on the North Yorkshire Coast
Staithes at dusk, a unique and quaint little fishing village on the North Yorkshire Coast

The Temple of Piety in the water gardens at Studley Royal Park
The Temple of Piety in the water gardens at Studley Royal Park


Autumn Wanders in Yorkshire

I didn't really go on any big walks this fall that where worthy of a blog post in their own right - but i did visit a few new places and re-visted some old haunts, and I got some decent pictures all with an autumnal theme - so I thought I'd share them in one blog post.

An Autumnal golden coloured tree in Studley Royal Park.

Studley Royal Park & Fountains Abbey, near Ripon

I'd seen a pic of the Studley Royal Water Garden a while back and noted it down as somewhere to check out at some point - and with the tress turning golden - i thought the autumn would be a good time. the area is a world heritage site covering over 900 years of history, and as well as the Georgian Water garden you can explore the well preserved 12th century Fountains Abbey. Definitely good for a day out - for further info visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountainsabbey/

Fountains Abbey - Britain's largest monastic ruin and most complete Cistercian abbey, built over 900 years ago - pretty impressive!
Britain's largest monastic ruin and most complete Cistercian abbey, built over 900 years ago - pretty impressive!

Fountains abbey is still really well preserved



The Temple of Piety in the water gardens at Studley Royal Park
The Temple of Piety in the water gardens at Studley Royal Park
The Temple of Piety in the water gardens at Studley Royal Park
Really nice colours on the trees - Another shot The Temple of Piety in the water gardens at Studley Royal Park!

There are lots of follies dotted around Studley Royal water garden - not sure how you got up to this one...
There are lots of follies dotted around Studley Royal water garden - not sure how you got up to this one...



An autumn woodland walk in Hackfall wood:

I had made my first visit to Hackfall Woods earlier in the year (see my summer Hackfall Woodland Walk blog post here) and thought it would be good to return in the Autumn to see how the place changed. 

Once again I wasn't disappointed and it was another pleasant walk, but with the air cooler & fresher, the forest floor covered in leaves, and those leaves that where still on the trees having turned a lovely golden colour.
Looking down a higher than normal River Ure which cuts right through Hackfall Woods - with the sunlight illuminating the golden trees



I'd photographed these waterfalls earlier in the year - the only difference being the carpet of leaves, in and around the cascades.















Sutton Bank, Whitestone Cliff and Gormire Lake in Autumn:

This area is classic walking terrain for those wanting great views with easy access in North-Yorkshire and I've walked these parts many times - definitely recommended for a nice autumn stroll with the family!

I thought the Gormire Lake / Whitestone Cliff view would make a good composition for an autumn landscape, so I decided to venture down at dusk one evening  hoping to catch a roaring sunset. The sunset wasn't to be - and the light wasn't as good as i hoped - bit muted - but the picture was fairly decent. I'll be paying a visit to this area again in future as it's such a good walk - so stay tuned for more of this composition at different times of the year. 

Staithes, Yorkshire Coast, on an Autumnal Evening:

When the leaves have fallen and the weather is a bit grey and bleak - there are still good photo opportunities to be had - and on one particulary bleak saturday I thought I would visit the old Yorkshire fishing village of Staithes, have a potter around and see what turned up. Staithes is a very unique place and well-worth a visit - either in it's own right or a stop-off on the much longer cleveland way. My visit was fleeting - but I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the place and when the night began to draw in - the lights came on and made for a really nice composition.

Staithes at dusk, a unique and quaint little fishing village on the North Yorkshire Coast
Staithes at dusk, a unique and quaint little fishing village on the North Yorkshire Coast




Thanks for reading - and I hope you are inspired enough to want to pay a visit to some of these places - whatever time of year!