North Yorkshire Moors road trip

December 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS AND BEYOND - NOVEMBER 2017

On the last weekend of November 2017 I set off for a few days in the North Yorkshire Moors. Wild camping was not an option as I am old and prone to get cold and also the Wife would not let me. I joined the YHA and booked a single room at Boggle Hole near Robin Hoods Bay. My plan was to drive to The Hole of Horcum before Sunrise on the Saturday, capture the Sunrise then move onto a couple of waterfalls near Goathland, then go to Ravenscar  for Sunset then onto Boggle Hole. Sunday I planned to do the Sunrise at Boggle hole then move onto Robin Hoods Bay. Well that's what I planned but it didn't work out that way.

Friday night the weather turned nasty with snow and ice. So I decided to set off later in the morning.

Once I arrived at The Hole of Horcum I was greeted with lovely crisp weather.

Lovely and crisp.Lovely and crisp.

I set off on the path that leads round the righthand side. I then found a composition that captured the way the Sun had melted the frost but only on one half of the valley bottom.

The Hole of Horcum on a frosty morning. The Sun had just melted one half of the Valley bottom.The Hole of Horcum on a frosty morning. The Sun had just melted one half of the Valley bottom. I then moved further round taking in the scenery which is special. I then decided to try out the 70 - 200 2.8 lens. I have never used this before for Landscapes.

Here is my set up. I wanted to pick out different areas that were being lit by the sun.

My set up for capturing The Hole of HorcumMy set up for capturing The Hole of Horcum

Here is the image that I liked using this lens.

So this and it seemed the couple in the front were trying to get away from the couple following.So this and it seemed the couple in the front were trying to get away from the couple following.

I liked this one as it seemed the couple in front were trying to get away from the couple following. After this I was supposed to go back to the car and continue with my well thought out plan, but my enthusiasm for the area got the better of me and I decided to carry on. So 2 hours later I made it to the path you can see on the image above,  but whilst taking a rest near here I managed to capture this image. Captured this whilst having a sit down. The Sun just lit up the tree. In the bottom of the Valley atCaptured this whilst having a sit down. The Sun just lit up the tree. In the bottom of the Valley at To be honest I was knackered and needed a sit down. So whilst having a rest I noticed that the sun was creeping along the valley bottom then all of a sudden it lit this tree up. Luckily I was looking over some images so had my camera to hand. This is my favourite image of the weekend as it was not planned.

Happy and motivated again I made the long walk back up the valley to the car. Time was not on my side so I decided to go straight to Boogle Hole for a chill.

I have been numerous times to the Youth Hostel at Boggle Hole but never stayed there , so i checked in and went to my room.

My single room at the Youth Hostel at Boggle Hole. Lovely place and will stay again. Great locationMy single room at the Youth Hostel at Boggle Hole. Lovely place and will stay again. Great location

It was a single room but thats all I needed. Showered and refreshed I went down for my meal and a few pints.I slept great and the room did its job. 

Sunrise - I was up about 45 mins before the Sunrise and went on to the tops near Boggle Hole. I found the composition I wanted. Set up and waited.

Me happy as. Waiting for the Sunrise at Robin Hoods bayMe happy as. Waiting for the Sunrise at Robin Hoods bay Love this placeLove this place

The Sunrise was ok nothing spectacular. The colours were nice. Here is a image from the Sunrise

A Sunrise at Robin Hoods Bay. Taken from the tops near Boggle HoleA Sunrise at Robin Hoods Bay. Taken from the tops near Boggle Hole Once the best of the colour had gone, I packed up and went for breakfast - which was lovely. I then packed up and headed to Robin Hoods Bay. It was pretty busy even for a Sunday morning. So I tried to find something different to capture.

Trying something different at Robin Hoods By. It didn't work but worth a try.Trying something different at Robin Hoods By. It didn't work but worth a try.

It didn't work, but was worth a try. I then decided to go to the Waterfalls near Goathland. The one I wanted to capture was at a place called Mallyan Spout. Once I got there I parked on the road just outside Goathland near the Mallyan Pub. I had a quick coffee in the cafe there then headed down the path. The waterfall and surrounding area is lovely and will come back with  my Family in the  Spring. I spent around a hour here and practiced some long exposures. Even though the light was not good, I really enjoyed my time here.

This image was captured at Mallyan Spout in Goathland. Lovely place.This image was captured at Mallyan Spout in Goathland. Lovely place.

I am really pleased with this image. I used the Nikon 17 -55 2.8 lens for this and I have to say it will be in my bag for every Landscape adventure now. Its heavy but worth the extra weight.

Once I finished here I had to go home. I will be using Youth Hostels again during the winter months and can highly recommend them.

Gear List. 

Around the Hole of Horcum

Manfrotto Pro light 230 bag packed with Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-200 2.8, Nikon 17-55 2.8, Tokina 11-20 2.8, Lee filters including hard & soft grads .3/.6/.9, Little, big and super stoppers, cable release, Hoodman loupe, Manfrotto 055cx tripod and Induro BH2 ballhead. Plus various other stuff including a vango stool, which was a god send.

This was a lot to carry around for 3 hours. Even though the bag could handled it easily - I couldn't.

For the rest of the trip I thinned out my kit. I left the 70-200 in the car and used a 3 Legged thing Brian travel tripod. This was a lot lighter and made the walking less knackering. 

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this and feel free to ask any questions.

 


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