Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Landscape Photography: Hoar Frost on Haw Pike, Addingham, West Yorkshire

Addingham is a pretty village situated right on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. It's perfect for a Sunday walk as it's only 30 mins drive from home and, although there are some big hills around, there are plenty of less challenging walks as well.
We did this particular walk up Haw Pike a few weeks ago in thick fog so the idea was to redo it on a day when we could actually see the scenery. Although it was a bit foggy again (and very frosty) today, it was clear enough to be able to appreciate the amazing scenery.

The walk starts in Addingham, following a well worn footpath out of the village and across the fields. It's uphill but you hardly notice it until you reach Bracken Ghyll Golf Course and look back the way you've come! After dodging low flying golf balls you find yourself at Chelker Reservoir with its huge wind turbines and stunning views. From there it's another gentle climb up to Haw Pike. As you walk around the Pike and start to descend, the ruins of the priory at Bolton Abbey come into view across the valley. The return leg passes through woods, across fields, over an abandoned railway line, through farmyards and down to the River Wharfe. The final mile follows the picturesque river back into Addingham.

If you are ever in the area with about 3 hours to spare, give it a go. You won't regret it!

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