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Springtime in the Washburn Valley and Nidderdale AONB

Springtime in the Washburn Valley and Nidderdale AONB

From GBP 85.00



May 09 2024 06:00 - 12:00


This event will be led by Lizzie Shepherd with a maximum of 6 participants.

The Washburn Valley is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and rightly so. It boasts an extraordinarily diverse and beautiful landscape, with some wonderful areas of woodland, and a huge variety of reservoirs, tarns and rivers.

There will be plenty of opportunity to cover several different techniques, experimenting with depth and field, and movement – both of the camera and the elements; and to work on more complex compositions. The locations we are visiting are fabulous for more intimate landscapes, but there are also opportunities for some wider, more classic scenes.

We will probably divide our time between only one or two locations, exploring different photographic opportunities at some depth. We may venture to another lovely bluebell woodland in Nidderdale, depending on time and how the flowers are progressing this year.

Meeting Point: Fewston Carpark, Skipton Road LS21 2NY – just off the A59.

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At the northern tip of Fewston Reservoir, just off the A59 by the junction with Church Hill – landmark of St Andrews Church should be obvious.

Toilets: Plenty of shrub and tree cover in the area; Mackenzies Farm Shop and Café is about a mile away if necessary.

Parking: Parking £3 for 6 hours – new system in place and at present only payable by app I believe.

Accessibility: Woodland/riverside path can be very muddy and is uneven in parts, with exposed tree roots and rocky areas in places; reservoir path is good mostly; potential second woodland location involves a walk through fields and then sloping woodland paths.

Unfortunately the event is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Food: Bring snacks/drinks but plan to finish by lunchtime – nearby café for those who want to get something before travelling home.

Clothing: Walking boots with good soles advised; wellies optional so long as good grip. 

Possibly could be some midges about although I’ve not encountered them here previously.

Terms for RPS Landscape Group Events:
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Thank you

RPS Landscape Group Committee


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


Fewston Carpark, Skipton Road, LS21 2NY Blubberhouses, North Yorkshire


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