Eskdale Valley Landscape Photography

It seems like a very long time since I last visited the Eskdale Valley with my camera. For more years than I care to remember I have promised myself a day out here with plenty of time to explore and build on my local knowledge of the area.

Today was the perfect day to be out for a Walk in the Lake District. Great, calm weather, lovely in the sun and easy going. Perfect.

I made my way over the Wrynose and Hardknott passes from Ambleside eventually parking up by the cattle grid at the foot of the Hardknott pass, from there its a level walk along the bottom of the Eskdale Valley. I didn’t plan on ascending up the high fells at the head of the valley, namely Bowfell and Crinkle Crags, my destination was this wonderful little bride over Lingcove Beck. Lingcove Bridge is an ancient bridge at the foot of Lingcoe Beck below Bowfell, just above the popular wild swimming pool of Tongue Pot.

I made various images on my walk into the valley on my iPhone which I’ll feature below.

The Phone box at the foot of the Hardknott Pass.
The Phone box at the foot of the Hardknott Pass.

As with a lot of my Landscape Photography shoots, I try and time them so I am in the right place at the right time, weather wise I feel its important to capture the most inspiring weather of the day, early or late low light. This week has been perfect blue sky days here in the Lake District which makes the light just too harsh for my tastes. Upon my arrival at my destination today however it was a race against time as the sun set behind the surrounding fells creating a huge line of shadow across the Landscape in front of me. I worked fast to capture the best/last of the days light as it fell not eh bridge and surrounding areas.

I made a video of this shoot in the style of my recent posts on my YouTube channel however in hindsight I’m going to chose not to share it as it is simply 20 odd minutes of me shooting and not talking, these are in fact my favourite videos but they aren’t at all popular on YouTube.

One of the loveliest of Lakeland’s valleys

Alfred Wainwright

I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon in Eskdale Valley, my first, but certainly not my last visit.

You can see current collection of Gallery quality framed prints of Eskdale here in my online Gallery.

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