Winskill Stones is a nature reserve above the villages of Langcliffe and Stainforth in the Yorkshire Dales. The reserve is owned by Plantlife, who bought the area to stop the extraction of the limestone and to protect the varied flora that can be found here¹. Although the area of limestone pavement is small, the area is stunningly beautiful and a perfect photography location.
I visited towards the end of the day with the aim of getting some low-level light on the pavement. As I pulled into the layby, I spotted a couple of photographers by the road side taking pictures of the view. I went over to join them and could see why they had chosen that spot. Although I had come to see the pavement, I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of the view! This is definitely a scene to revisit at sunset.
Despite the temptation to stay where I was, I made the short walk to the limestone pavement, albeit with a minor detour to avoid the herd of cows blocking the path! I made a quick tour of the pavement before I started taking a few photos. The main focal point is the lone hawthorn tree, which makes for a good shot from many angles. I think this is a bonus as you could visit at any time of year and be able to take good photos.
As the sun started to set, I tried a few photos into the sun. Sometimes they work and sometimes they come out a bit soft like these, but I liked this one:
I enjoyed my visit to Winskill Stones. It’s a small area, but there are so many different possibilities. I’d love to come back when the flowers are out. Here are a few more photos from my visit:
|Approximate post code (for sat nav)||BD24 9PZ|
|Parking||There is parking for a number of cars in a layby just by the path to Winskill Stones. This is the layby on the right:
|Directions||To get to the lone tree and limestone pavement area, head down the minor road directly opposite the layby:
Just around the corner there is a roughly defined grass path up the fell to the pavement and tree. It only takes 5 minutes to get there.
This is the location of the lone tree on Winskill Stones:
This is the location of the layby for parking:
Notes for next time
- The pavement would look good with a layer of frost/snow
- Try sunrise
- Come in spring/summer when the flowers are in bloom
¹ Plantlife, Winskill Stones, https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/nature-reserves-important-plant-areas/nature-reserves/winskill-stones [accessed 09 November 2017]