LPE – Walking from East to North Yorkshire

Chronic Illness, Day Trips, Diary, Leeds Photography Excursions, Nature, Walking Art

Sometimes determination is a pain in hindsight

It’s been almost a year since we last ventured into the Yorkshire countryside as Leeds Photography Excursions. In that year my health has deteriorated, causing me to have fatigue and reduced mobility (as just two of the symptoms), it has been both an interesting and frustrating year. Itchy feet wanted to take me away from Leeds and to explore another part of Yorkshire. The original destination was set to be Aysgarth, to find the waterfalls, but Storm Brian put a literal damper on that, so I called up my friend, who lives on a farm on the border of East Riding of Yorkshire and North Yorkshire, and we were all set to visit. We drove to Painsthorpe, and  took to the country lanes to walk towards Thixendale, a tiny village and part of the Yorkshire Wolds. We visited the Robert Fuller Gallery on route, where I bought some lovely illustrated prints of the local wildlife. We finished our walk at the Thixendale Village Hall, for a cup of tea and slice of cake – although, I went off script and had a rather delicious red pepper and herb homemade bread. Normally I would’ve been all fired up ready to walk back, but by that point, I was really struggling, and the concrete boot I normally drag around with me had been lined with lead. We had the luxury of being picked up by my friends husband! It was a frustrating walk, and I hurt the following day, but I have missed the countryside, and the pain was worth it.

With illness, and the change in my walking, my movement has slowed. When I walk for a distance I am pained, every step becomes a struggle, it aches my back, my gait has changed as  I move forward, swaying, dragging my foot, my legs working harder as I lift them higher. I am behind everyone, as they speed along chatting.

There are stories with every walk, Stop! wait for me, I am walking slower now. The wind, my dog doesn’t like the cold wind, he’s little and the freshness of the Yorkshire countryside is harsh.


The stories we tell as we walk. We remember the last time we were together, we remember things we have done since, we talk about places we haven’t been, and where we would like to go, we find out about the histories, look at the land, and learn about the neighbours, two miles away.


What’s in the picture? What was the feeling? What were the sounds, the noises that permeate the air? What were the smells?


With limited movement, I still find so much pleasure in being out walking, and slowing down, I have found my senses are heightened, I notice more. So although illness has kept me almost still, slowing down does not make me enjoy things less. My walking is my art, and this is something I really want to explore much more.

Do we see the same?

the same roads, the same horizons, the same skies, the same grass growing in fields, the same sheep, the same pheasants, the same fences, the same trees


LPE – Bolton Abbey

Day Trips, Diary, Dogs, Leeds Photography Excursions, Mickey, Walking Art

We visited Bolton Abbey in the midst of Autumn on this latest Yorkshire Excursion. Bolton Abbey sits amongst the 30,000 acres of land owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The land comprises of moorland, woodland and agricultural land, where seven miles of the River Wharfe runs through. We walked through the rather darkly named Valley of Desolation, up some rather steep climbs (well for me, as I have been having some trouble with my legs, thank god for hiking poles), through woods graced with the splendour of autumn colours, and across the River to get ourselves a well earned cuppa. We took Mickey (my dog) on this trip, and he really enjoyed the walk, getting muddy and being outside in the fresh air, this city dog simply loves the countryside. Back home, he’s now fast asleep by my side.

One of things I do seem to find myself drawn to are the geometric lines I find in nature and the division of land we create. Patterns are a recurring theme in my photography.








Dogs and their walkers





Family day out




Nature up close








Exploring Yorkshire

Arts Events, Day Trips, Events, Exhibition, Leeds Photography Excursions, Love Arts Leeds, Mental Health

It’s been a while since I blogged. A few injuries and less exploration with my camera has lead to a very quiet few months.
However I am preparing for an exhibition with fellow photographers, opening in October. It’s part of the Love Arts Leeds 2016 festival programme. Exploring Yorkshire, selects photos from our trips out with our cameras, into the beauty that is Yorkshire. Capturing people, landscapes, weather in all seasons, details, wide open spaces, the quirks of the British. Our exploration keeps us well, being outdoors and taking notice are just two of the ways to wellbeing.

Below are a selection of my images, looking at textures and our interaction with our environments. I am fascinated by patterns, tones and hidden details. 


Climbers at Malham Cove


Boar at Bolton Abbey


Swimmer at Sandsend


Boating pool at Bridlington

Official exhibition poster

Official exhibition poster




LPE – Haworth 1940’s Weekend

Day Trips, Leeds Photography Excursions

As a special LPE trip in conjunction with my birthday celebrations this weekend, myself and some of the members of the Leeds Photography Excursion group decided to take a steam train to Haworth and step back in time.
Commemorating all things 1940’s, there are attractions such as vehicles from WW2, a Spitfire, talks, 1940’s songs and dances. Many of the visitors join in with the dressing up, lots of victory curls, army fatigues, and tea dresses were on show. Below is a snapshot of the days visual spectacular.

Travelling by steam train



Classic buses took us to the top of Haworth Village

Bus conductor

Bus conductor


Arriving in Haworth

Arriving in Haworth

The many costumes that make up the visual spectacular that is 1940’s weekend













A really rather busy Main Street





Vintage markets

World War 2 Spitfire

World War 2 Spitfire


Heading home

Details and landscapes











LPE – Helmsley, North York Moors

Day Trips, Diary, Leeds Photography Excursions

Map of Helmsley

Helmsley is located in North Yorkshire, and is the gateway to the Yorkshire Moors. The pretty market town, hosts many delightful independent shops, delicious cafes, pubs and fish and chips, and of course the ruin of a Norman Castle. We stopped for a cup of tea and a bacon bap, before embarking on our walk. This proved to be good timing as the ever changeable British weather decided to gush down from the heavens.


View from the cafe, where we were comfortably having our tea.

We decided to walk along the Cleveland Way, if we had more time (maybe in the summer, when the days are a little longer) we would have reached Rievaulx Abbey. The weather at this point proved to be in our favour, with a warm autumn sun guiding us on our path. The beautiful autumn colours, the freshly watered grass, and the cloud spattered blue skies, made for some quintessential Yorkshire countryside walking.


Helmsley Castle, built in roughly 1120


Horses on the footpath, Cleveland Way