Yorkshire Photo Explorer

Coldstones Cut

Coldstones Cut

Coldstones Cut is a monumental sculpture near Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire. It sits on top of a hill overlooking Coldstones Quarry on one side and the rolling countryside of Nidderdale on the other. It was created by the artist Andrew Sabin and acts as an interpretation of the industrial heritage and natural landscape of the area¹.

From a photography perspective, there are interesting lines and compositions within the sculpture. The central path is lined with bollards, creating converging lines, and a central red dome acts as an unusual focal point.

Coldstones Cut

I visited mid-morning and was lucky with the weather. Personally I think this location needs an interesting sky to add an extra dimension to the photos. I had tried to visit at sunset before, but the light was a bit flat. As you are so high up with a 360 degree panorama, you could however get some fantastic sunset/sunrise shots here. One to try on another day.

At the top of the two spiral paths are some signs: one shows directions and distances to places in the UK and around the world and the other shows wildlife of the local area. I tried a few experiments balancing the camera on the signs themselves. It actually worked a bit better on the flat light photo (below) due to the direction of the sun.

Coldstones Cut

In summary, Coldstones Cut is an unusual location and a good place to try out a few different compositions of both natural and industrial landscapes in one place. If you do visit, it can get very windy, so I would recommend a hat and a pair of gloves! Here are a few more photos from my visit:

Approximate post code (for sat nav) HG3 5BJ
Parking There is free parking in a small car park at the bottom of Coldstones Cut, just off the B6265 (signposted ‘The Coldstones Cut’)
Directions From the car park follow the well-marked path up the hill to the sculpture
Website http://thecoldstonescut.org/

This is the location of Coldstones Cut:

Notes for next time
  • Try coming at sunrise/sunset
  • Try some lower angle shots looking up to the sky

The Coldstones Cut http://thecoldstonescut.org/index.php?p=the-coldstones-cut [accessed 13 March 2017]

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