Today I went to Thurgoland Tunnel to take some band photos, and whilst we were there I grabbed a couple of selfies (obvs)
The plan for the second day was to get up, have breakfast, go to photography Ribblehead Viaduct, go to the caves, come home.
This largely went to plan… Apart from the photo the viaduct part. We drove to where the viaduct is (according to Google Maps) but it was so misty and so windy that we just turned around and went back to the cave.
Second year in a row and no Ribblehead Viaduct picture!
The cave system is quite large, and took an hour and a half or so.
Even though there were only 4 of us on the tour, I was told I wasn’t allowed to use my tripod at all (why not tell me this before we set off and I would have left it in the car? We were clearly carrying a tripod with us) so I had to do what I could.
There was another waterfall in the cave – it has been a weekend of waterfalls!
As has become a tradition, we go away for my birthday. It started when I turned 30, when everyone chipped in and we went to the Isle of Skye for 5 days. Last year we went to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.
This year we went back to the Yorkshire Dales, but we went to Ingleton instead.
Ingleton has (a lot of other things I’m sure) a waterfall trail, and a cave system.
Even though I’d chosen it as my place to go, I didn’t really expect it to be much; there were no good pictures of the waterfall trail or caves online when I had a quick search, so my expectations were pretty low.
The week before we set off I printed out the Waterfall Trail leaflet, and was surprised when it said the walk was 2 1/2 – 4 hours.
We drove up on Saturday morning, and as predicted, it was chucking it down with rain. By the time we got to the waterfall car park (it’s about a two hour drive). So with fingers crossed we set off on the circular walk.
There was a clear path all the way around, and a places there were bridges built into the walk, so we walked right in front of the waterfalls in places.
As well as walking around the river/waterfalls there were also chunks of the walk where we were in the hills. It was a bit misty, which I love. I love winter time; the grass is an odd yellow colour and the trees are bare, and add in a bit of mist and it is just perfect.
The walk has a lot of stairs in it, and most of the walk was on rocks so it was uneven. Even though it was advertised as strenuous and we scoffed at it, it was more steps and walking than either of us expected.
At points it was far too windy to fly my drone, and at other points there were a lot of trees and I didn’t feel too confident flying it.
Once we had completed the walk we checked into the hotel and had tea. We were both tired so we went to bed really early. We’d been up since 730.
In hindsight, I probably should have popped out to see the viaduct before tea…
I had a lie in today, I didn’t get up until 730! Hehe The people who own the cottage I stopped in said they had noticed me leaving early every morning; the early bird catches the best light. Not much to report from today, other than the 3 hour drive was uneventful, but I did keep stopping on the way out of Derwent Water to grab shots.
Once I was on the A66 though it was a clear drive home, apart from toilet stops and petrol stops. The Lake District was lovely, and I’m glad I visited.
However, when I woke up the weather forecast had changed, and it wasn’t supposed to rain until 1pm, so I set off to Honister Pass as I wanted to hike around there.
The problem with this plan, was that even though it wasn’t raining there was a lot of low hanging cloud, so I wouldn’t have been able to see much! So I settled on visiting Ullswater and Aira Force waterfall. I was glad that I did when I got there, a nice easy walk along woodlands, with a stream and lots of mini waterfalls along the way.
On y way out of Ullswater I decided to visit this boat house to get a shot. Not quite as epic as I had hoped for, but I had to shoot from the road side which wasn’t ideal (And there was no path).
The weather forecast changed again, and so I set off for the cottage (Via a co-op to get some lunch). I toyed with the idea of Honister Pass again but I could see from my window that the cloud was still pretty low, so I knew it wouldn’t be worth the trip. I decided instead on a hike up Castle Cragg, which is pretty close to where I am staying. This turned out to be quite a nice little walk, even if the views weren’t as good as they could have been because of the weather.
Glad to be going home tomorrow though now, my toes are sore from all the downhill walking.