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Member Led Event: High Shaw Woods, Yorkshire Dales

Member Led Event: High Shaw Woods, Yorkshire Dales

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Oct 18 2024 10:00 - 13:00
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This is a Member Led Event with a maximum of 6 participants. The location is guided by Alison Taylor ARPS who has visited the area on many occasions, in a variety of weather conditions and varying times of the year. 

High Shaw Woods is situated about 0.5 miles north of Hardraw and 1 mile from Hawes. It is an attractive woodland location and includes 4 small waterfalls over a length of 400 yards. A public footpath runs around the wood which runs both sides of Hardraw Beck. The cascades are individually attractive and in October there will also be some autumn colour on the trees. The footpath is paved but it will be slippery in wet conditions so care is needed. It is possible to achieve photography positions actually by the beck but access will be slippery and possibly muddy in very wet conditions. However, the distance between the path and the beck is only a few metres at most so passage is possible for most people with care. As the event is in woodland sunrise/sunset isn’t an issue so is scheduled to start mid morning.

Meet: at 10:00 am at the lay-by 54.320357ºN, 2.201028ºW.  What3Words: sleeper.headboard.wide 

The event starts mid morning; should anyone wish to arrive very early pre-event, sunrise is at 05:49. You may wish to use an app or web to see the exact sun-rise and choose a location, e.g. Buttertubs pass or above Semer Water. Breakfast can be purchased at one of the cafes in Hawes.

Finish is at 13:00. Participants may decide to remain, individually, after the event ends - in to explore other nearby locations or to walk locally. The Leader can advise on local options to those staying post-event.

Parking: is free as it is on the road. There is a layby 200 yards from the entrance to the woods and there is room for about 4 cars. Please park carefully as farm traffic uses the road and there is a farm entrance nearby. Other parking is available on the road but is not offset.

Toilets: there are public toilets available at the Dales and Countryside Museum in Hawes, but possibly not open until 09:00.

Terrain: the stone pathway around the woods is slippery when wet, so please take extra care. The only mud is likely to be found if you leave the path in order to get down to the beck at the upper end of the woods.

What to wear: suitable outdoor clothing for the weather, including waterproof jacket (just in case). Good quality boots/wellies are essential.

Food & drink: there are plenty of cafés available in Hawes (1.5 miles) and SImonstone Hall provides lunches for those who would like a more relaxed but immersive experience.

What to bring: a standard zoom and/or wide-angle lens(es) given closeness of the woodland and beck; there maybe opportunities for a longer zoom. A tripod, ideally with a remote shutter release, is advised. Filters may be useful: neutral density, grey grads, polariser.

Advice: This is a member-lead event, simply to introduce you to a location, with no professional guidance. If you have a technical query, the leader or fellow participants might be able to help.

Terms for RPS Landscape Group Events:

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Cancellation by us:

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.


You are responsible for your own health and safety and must appraise your own strength, fitness and mobility; and be prepared for the terrain, changing weather conditions etc. The event leader is NOT responsible for your safety, welfare or attendant medical conditions. Strictly the event leader is there to introduce you to a location.

You are responsible for your equipment etc at all times; use suitable bags for carrying it.

Car-sharing lifts with fellow participants, or the event leader, is at your own risk. Those offering car-sharing lifts may only do so provided that they have suitable insurance cover.

Liability for any accident, injury, medical condition, loss or damage to property, inappropriate behaviour, dress, equipment and third party liability is accepted by you when signing up for the event. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Royal Photographic Society from all claims of whatsoever nature.


You are advised to consider having insurance to cover: event cancellation by you or by us, accident, medical, personal equipment and public liability.

In particular you should also consider, in the case of high cost events, the likelihood and consequences of you having to cancel or not attend at the last minute because of accident, medical or other unforeseeable circumstances.

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  • send you joining instructions for the event
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If you do not want your details to be shared with the event leader please cancel your booking immediately. You will not be eligible for a refund as this information was provided on the web page where you made your booking.

Thank you

RPS Landscape Group Committee


Events organised by the Landscape Group of the Royal Photographic Society.


High Shaw Woods, Lay-by at 54.320357ºN, 2.201028ºW, What3Words: sleeper.headboard.wide nr Hawes


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