This was actually a walk on my day off after our final workshop of the season at Bolton Abbey. The colours in Strid Wood had been fantastic during the workshop, so a look at nearby Skipton Castle Woods was in order – and as this was a day off I just grabbed the trusty little Olympus OM-D E-M10 to take a few shots along the way…
Starting from the Bailey Car Park we walked down into town and then along the canal towpath from High Corn Mill up to the Sawmill Entrance to Skipton Castle Woods, where there’s a nice new interpretation board with a selection of leaflets including one on the Earl of Thanet Trail (a circular walk talking in the woods and the towpath route we’d arrived on) which I was pleased to see contained a couple of my images from a previous visit for a commissioned shoot for the Woodland Trust!
We continued following the Earl of Thanet Trail taking the steps up Sougha Gill and along the top of the bank before descending to Long Dam, where there were fabulous autumnal reflections in the still water.
Here we deviated from the Earl of Thanet route and followed the path along Long Dam back to Round Dam and retraced the path by the Mill Leat back towards the Sawmill Entrance – simply because it’s the most attractive part of the walk!
After this a stroll along the canal into the town centre in search of lunch rounded things off nicely.
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Beautifully captured – I know this area well, and you have shown how beautiful woods in autumn can be.
Thank you. I hadn’t actually been to Skipton Woods until a few years ago when I did my first commissioned shoot for the Woodland Trust – though I couldn’t believe I’d not visited it before when I got there as it’s beautiful! I’ve been back many times since, of course.