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Arthington Viaduct

Arthington ViaductThe Arthington Viaduct makes a good sunrise photography location. Also known as the Wharfedale Viaduct or the Castley Viaduct, it was built in c.1849 and is a Grade II listed structure¹. It is located near the village of Arthington, between Otley and Harewood in Leeds, West Yorkshire. The arches make great reflections on a still day in the River Wharfe below.

I arrived before sunrise hoping to get some good sky colours and clouds reflected in the water. Unfortunately I chose a clear blue sky day! This shot (above) is one to revisit with some dramatic clouds and either lower light or a filter to smooth out the water.

As the sun started to appear over the horizon, it allowed some sunburst shots. It was difficult to shoot into the sun, so the details are a bit hazy, but I liked the effect. I wandered along the bank to get some different angles. There is a lot of vegetation in the way, so I expect outside of winter it will be even more obstructed.

Arthington ViaductI then went under the viaduct and down to the river bank to view the other side. I couldn’t find any clear views of the full viaduct from this angle, but a moss-covered rock near the river bank provided an interesting foreground.

Arthington ViaductHere are a few of the photos from my early morning visit to Arthington Viaduct:

Approximate post code (for sat nav) LS21 1NZ
Parking There is space for one or two cars under the arches of the Arthington Viaduct at the end of Warren Lane. Alternatively, park just past the arch on the right hand side:

Arthington Viaduct

Directions At the end of the lane, carry on down the track to get to the riverbank.

This is the location of Arthington Viaduct:

Notes for next time
  • Try coming on a day with a more dramatic sunrise to get better reflections
  • Bring a filter to smooth out the water
  • Try coming in the afternoon to get the other side of the viaduct in sunlight

¹ Historic England, Wharfedale Viaduct [accessed 08 January 2017] https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1253368

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