LPE – Richmond, North Yorkshire

Day Trips, Diary, Leeds Photography Excursions

Leeds Photography Excursions took itself to Richmond in North Yorkshire at the beginning of August. What was a splendid day, we stopped for lunch in a quaint, quirky, very independently run cafe, before walking up to the castle. Later we walked down to the River Swale, where we witnessed a tourist hub, with many young families and couples playing by the river.
It does seem weird to take such picturesque images, when our last trip was to Bridlington in the pouring rain. If anything, the British weather may be unpredictable, but I wouldn’t have it any other way as a photographer.

Richmond Castle stands dominating the market town high above the River Swale. The castle was constructed in 1071. It is one of only three remaining stone castles built of that age.  It was originally called Riche Mount, ‘the strong hill’.

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The market town, seen below from the Keep at Richmond Castle.

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Views over the stone walls, across the valley. Richmond is the a gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.

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The River Swale, really popular with tourists, especially in the summer sunshine.

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Stone dogs stand guard outside one of the houses in Richmond. Richmond is the first of all Richmonds in the UK and is the most duplicated British place name, with 57 occurrences across the world.

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40th Birthday Walks

Day Trips, Leeds Photography Excursions

I turn 40 this month, and rather than have a huge celebration, I decided to invite my friends out on little trips close to my home in Leeds, Yorkshire.

I took Ilkley Moor for a walk with some good friends on the Saturday, as we battled the wild and windy scenery. Crossing rivers, climbing up rocks and heather covered ground, we braved the weather in the crisp Yorkshire air.

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A few days later, I ventured into Middleton Woods to look for the bluebells. It didn’t disappoint, it is the largest remaining ancient woodland site in West Yorkshire, and in early spring, it is a wonderful time to enjoy the woodland, as wildflowers are at their most abundant and bluebells, wood anemone, wood sorrel and lesser celandine carpet the floor.

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LPE – Bridlington

Day Trips, Diary, Dogs, Leeds Photography Excursions

Our second trip out, as part of the small Leeds Photography Excursions group, took us to Bridlington. A typical British rainy day on the North Coast. For a photographer, this means capturing a different atmosphere from the usual picture postcard perfect image of the seaside in the sun. We braved the rain, we played with dogs, and we ate fish and chips by the sea. I enjoy seeing other people braving the British weather, who like us, refuse to stay indoors. “It’s only a spot of rain!”

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LPE – Malham Cove

Day Trips, Diary, Leeds Photography Excursions

I’ve started a new photography group, Leeds Photography Excursions (LPE). We plan on visiting places around Yorkshire documenting our travels. Any one can join, it is not just for professionals, but it is definitely for enthusiasts, you need to be ok with the walking and then the stopping to take photos.

Our first outing was to the gorgeous Malham Cove and Gordale Scar. It was cold and windy, with snow still present in some places, but the sun was out and made it gorgeous for photographing. I have some medium format film to develop, which I have shot using my late fathers TLR, I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out. I’ll post the images when I get the film back.

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