Arncliffe is a pretty village in Littondale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It was the original location for the TV soap Emmerdale, before filming moved to Esholt near Bradford¹. However this was not the reason for my visit. The village sits in a valley surrounded by fells, barns and fields criss-crossed with stone walls. I came late in the afternoon on a sunny day earlier in the year to try and catch some low light across the fields.
As I made my way up the steep hill towards the view point, I was glad I had arrived a bit early. The fields were teaming with rabbits. I tried to get a few shots, but the rabbits had scarpered back into their tunnels. I carried on up the hill and hid behind a wall. Soon enough, the rabbits started to come back out. I managed to get a few shots of some of the adults:
Carrying on up the path, I looked over the wall into the next field and spotted a litter of kits. One of them was posing beautifully just in the right spot for the lighting (which almost never happens!):
My landscape photography trip was quickly turning into a wildlife shoot.
As the sun got lower, I dragged myself away from the baby rabbits and continued up the hill. The view over the dale was stunning:
Putting the zoom lens back on, I tried to pick out some details in the landscape. Here’s a slightly larger version of the main picture at the top of this post. I took these at 240mm equivalent (150mm on my 1.6x cropped sensor camera), so you need a decent zoom if you want to try this shot.
Arncliffe is a beautiful location and I had a fun afternoon just on this one hillside trying out a few different photos. I recommend bringing a picnic and admiring the view! Here are a few more photos from my visit:
|Approximate post code (for sat nav)||BD23 5QE|
|Parking||The easiest place to park is on the roadside in Arncliffe village:
|Directions||From the village, follow the road signposted Litton/Halton Gill/Hawkswick:
Go past the church (on your right) and then over the bridge across the river. When you reach the junction (signposted Litton/Halton Gill to the left and Hawkswick to the right), go over the stile in the wall (signposted FP to Starbotton):
Go straight up the hill and over the next stile in the wall. Keep going straight up the hill until you reach a bridleway, which is marked with a crossroads sign:
Turn right and follow the bridleway up the hill. There are views all the way up. It takes about 10-15 minutes to walk there.
This is the location where these photos were taken:
Notes for next time
- Try photos from the hill on the other side of the village
- The views from here would look good in the snow in winter
¹ Yorkshire Dales, Arncliffe, http://www.yorkshiredales.co.uk/villages/arncliffe/ [accessed 10 December 2017]