One of my favourite autumn photography trips taken in 2016 was this one to Knaresborough, home of Ursula Southeil better known as Mother Shipton, ‘Allo ‘Allo‘s Gorden Kaye and Blind Jack, John Metcalfe. This is a location that I have wanted to visit for some time, often passing close by on route to Harrogate and the Great Yorkshire Show. Leaving home I arrived in Knaresborough shortly after midday. Once in this historic market town it initially reminded me very much of my local town Guisborough, heading off to the river and Mother Shipton’s Cave you cannot help but be impressed with the Victorian railway viaduct spanning the Nidd. I have rarely seen Knaresborough photographed From this perspective but for me it has to be one of the most striking and romantic views of the town, with the Autumn trees hanging over the river and the cottages built into the cliff side, and paddle boats moored under the viaduct.
Autumn On The Banks Of The River Nidd
Good practice for me when visiting a new location to photograph is to have no pre-conceptions of what has been done before but to simply arrive and work it out for myself , what I think will work and make a great image. So with that in mind I headed off into the woodland on the banks of the River Nidd, the trees were in full autumn colours and looked stunning in the light, I could not resist taking a few shots.
River Nidd Waterside Walk
Following the River Nidd I headed to the waterside and I have to say that this is one of the most charming locations I have visited in my life; with cafes and restaurants built over the river and into the hillside, and paddle boats for hire floating on the Nidd. Such a tranquil environment shadowed by the viaduct and definitely a place I will bring the family in the summer, at this point in the afternoon the autumn sunlight was catching the woodland around the Castle.
Knaresborough Castle dates back to the Norman times and was besieged by parliamentary forces after the battle of Marsdon Moor during the English civil war. The castle was eventually taken and much of the stone was looted to make buildings around the town. Heading off up towards the castle I came across the Bebra Gardens which offers some stunning views over the River Nidd.
Stunning Views Of Knaresborough At Night
As I began to lose the light I moved towards the castle taking a few photographs along the way. Looking back on the viaduct from the castle offers a stunning view over the Nidd and viaduct and is probably the most familiar angle of Knaresborough.
I finally heading back down the River Nidd and towards the Cave where I couldn’t resist one last shot of the rowing boats floating on the river.
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