Teesdale – 17th October 2017
A midweek day off work gave me the chance to head out for some photography, Teesdale in the North Pennines is an area I hadn’t been to for a long time and with the autumn colours it seemed like a great time for a return.
Teesdale is such a beautiful place, it is one of the largest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the country. It has acres of outdoor space, numerous grand waterfalls and miles of amazing walks. It is also a fairly quiet and peaceful place with reasonably low visitor numbers. It is often possible to have some locations entirely to yourself.
The drive to Bowlees has some great views and pretty little villages on the way.
Sat Nav postcode: DL12 0XF. Free parking 24/7.
I headed to the area around the Bowlees Visitors Centre and parked for free in one of the gravel lay bys on the main road (B6277) just past the little hamlet of Bowlees.
Across the road from the first lay by is a path that goes directly to Low Force, not more than five minutes walk from the road. Follow your ears for the roar of the water and you will not go far wrong.
Low Force Waterfall
Low Force is a pretty set of falls tumbling off a number of ledges in the Whin Sill or Whinstone as it is known locally. There is an island in the river seen to the right in the picture below. The rocky outcrop gives the best view of the falls but it is only accessible carefully when the river level is low with wellies.
High Force Waterfall
Given a full day it is possible to follow the path up river from High Force to Cauldron Snout, the area along the River Tees is stunningly beautiful with lots of scenery to take in. I headed back down the river to the car, before I left I spotted another shot from the roadside.
Sure enough my return home coincided with the sunset at Middleton-in-Teesdale. Out of nowhere the misty drizzly skies cleared to a pink and blue hue. I pulled up in the lay by on the B6262 and captured the shot. The low cloud that I left behind still hugging the hill tops in the distance.
The area has so much to photograph that it’s likely to capture the attention over several visits.
Other nearby Locations
Bowlees visitor centre has a number of waterfalls with Summerhill Force and Gibson’s cave.
Further up the river is Cauldron Snout, this can be walked inside a day from Low Force but it will take most of the day. It can also be reached by a drive up the road with parking at Cowgreen Reservoir.
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Autumn in Teesdale Barns, meadows and stone walls. The barns leading up the hill and the criss crossing walls made such a natural composition it was hard to miss from the road. After a quick climb over a wall and barbed wire fence I grabbed the shot and headed back to the car only to find a convenient gate out of the field.. I must have had my eyes firmly on the scene… #barn #autumn #meadows #rural_renegade #scenicbritain #landscapehunter #landscapephotography #fall #barns #farmland #farm #stonewall #igdaily #ig #instagood #igers #instagram #art #nature #earthfocus #visitengland #visualambassadors #teesdale #teesside #northpennines #bw_beautifulworld #ukpotd #picoftheday #Durham #highforce