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Top tips: Places to photograph in Yorkshire

Updated: May 1

As far as landscape photography is concerned you can't go wrong by visiting Yorkshire. As usual the question is where to start? So we've produced another blog providing a bit of an insight into some places worthy of a visit. There may well be other wonderful locations worth seeing so please don't consider ours an exhaustive list, we are simply offering our own humble views!


Before we get started here's some basic tips and advice before setting off.

  • Plan your trip, where do you intend to visit and consider how busy those places might be? For the photographer it's often best to arrive when it's quiet

  • Consider what equipment you'll need to take. Don't overdo it and be weighed down by your gear, but do take the essentials. Will you need a tripod? Most likely. Will you need filters? Take them if you have them for sure! Think about what you will need

  • Check your batteries are charged and that your memory cards have enough available room

  • Wear appropriate clothes and footwear so you are comfortable. Check the weather forecast so you know what you'll need.


So, without further ado here's our list of worthy places to visit in Yorkshire, and in no particular order...


1. The Ribblehead Viaduct

The Ribblehead Viaduct carries the Settle–Carlisle railway across Batty Moss in the Ribble Valley at Ribblehead, in North Yorkshire and is just a short walk from Ribblehead station.

The Ribblehead Viaduct - Image by Tim Hill

2. Whitby Abbey

Built in the 7th century Whitby Abbey ruins overlook the North Sea on a cliff above the town of Whitby.

Whitby Abbey - Image by Tim Hill

3. Yorkshire Dales National Park

The park encompasses thousands of square miles of moors, valleys, hills and villages and presents with a wide range of photographic possibility.

The Yorkshire Dales - Image by Tim Hill

4. Janet's Foss Waterfall

Janet’s Foss is a small but wonderful waterfall and pool near Gordale Scar in Malhamdale, nestled in a magical wood along the footpath from Malham Village toward Gordale Scar.

Janet's Foss Waterfall - Image by Tim Hill

5. York Minster Catherdral

Built in the 7th century from handcrafted stone and medieval stained glass the Minster is a magnificent photo opportunity.

York Minster Cathedral - Image by F.E.Greene

6. Clifford's Tower

These are the only remains of York Castle built by William the Conqueror and used as a prison and royal mint over time. From the top you get unrivalled views of York Minster and the city of York with its medieval churches and buildings.

Clifford's Tower - Image by Wolfgang Claussen

7. Aurora Borealis

On a dark, clear night in the North Yorkshire Moors, when the moon is new, it's possible to see the Milky Way from here, and even the Northern Lights if they are strong enough.

Aurora Borealis - Image by Tim Hill

So there you have it, some really exciting places to visit with your camera. If you're looking to upgrade your photography skills then take a look at the photography courses available in Yorkshire. Courses range from beginner through to the more experienced. Click here to browse the available courses.

Good luck and best wishes, and above all, happy photographing! :)

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