Last Week’s Shoot – Guisecliff Wood

I’ve done quite a few autumnal shoots around Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale over the last few years and on every visit to Guisecliff Wood it had either still been green or all the trees were already bare, so this year I made a visit a little earlier in the autumn than I would normally pick for the best autumn colours elsewhere…

Boat House at Glasshouses Mill Pond
Boat House on Glasshouses Mill Pond between Glasshouses and Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire

I walked from Pateley Bridge along the River Nidd and past the old Glasshouses Mill Pond which was surrounded by autumn colour and the boat house made a nice subject reflected in the still water.

Castlestead Summerhouse near Pateley Bridge
Summerhouse at Castlestead, Pateley Bridge

There is an interesting old summerhouse near the mill pond built as part of the Castlestead estate in 1860 by George Metcalfe, then owner of Glasshouses Mill, which also looked nice surrounded by early autumn trees.

Guisecliff Wood in Autumn
Autumn Trees by Guisecliff Tarn in Guisecliff Wood

At Glasshouses I crossed the river and headed up towards the imposing Guise Cliff ahead and into the woodland.  I spent some time around Guisecliff Tarn which was very still and quiet and the overcast light was great for reflections in the water.  The woods are quite dense here with lots of gnarled old oak tress so I spent some time trying to get images amongst the quite complex landscape.

Guisecliff Tarn in Autumn
Autumn Trees and Mossy Rocks by Guisecliff Tarn

There are some impressive gritstone rocks at one end of the tarn, covered in moss and lichen and surrounded by nice autumn colour in the trees and the bracken starting to die back.

Guisecliff Wood in Autumn
Autumn Colours in Guisecliff Wood from Guise Cliff

Heading through the woods I emerged on the top of Guise Cliff and walked along the Nidderdale Way to a viewpoint over the dale showing nice autumn colours in the trees below.

Autumn Colours at Yorkes Folly
The Nidderdale Way Path through Autumn Heather and Bracken at Yorkes Folly

Further along the path arrives at Two Stoops (or Yorke’s Folly).  This area is always a favourite in late summer when the heather is in full bloom, but the dying heather and bracken made a lovely autumnal display to round off the shoot before descending back through Bewerley to Pateley Bridge.

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