It had been a cold week and Thursday night had brought snow to many parts of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. I knew it was forecast to warm up again but hoped there would still be a bit around for our trip up to Swaledale on Saturday. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Apart from a few patches on the tops of the moors it had all pretty much melted. Nevertheless we had to stop just above Grinton to see if we could pull together our first snowman of the season. At this point I should explain that my wife and daughter are both Australian and have spent very little time in snow. So any opportunity they get to play in the white stuff no matter how little there is has to be seized. They didn’t do too bad in the end even managing to fashion a hat.
It was then on to Reeth to visit the talented and extremely generous Janet Phillips at the Threshing Barn. After a little Christmas shopping, a great chat, some lovely cake and coffee and booking Becks a spinning workshop we headed up the dale to see if there were any photography opportunities.
As we continued on towards Gunnerside it started to become a little more misty and moody. Approaching the village I noticed changing light on the fields beyond. We pulled over so I could grab a couple of shots.
Jumping back in the car we made our way through Muker and Thwaite pulling over near Angram to check the view behind us. It was lovely and atmospheric. The clouds still sat low over the valley while patches of rain and drizzle moved across it. The patch work of meadows and wet barns faded into the mist.
I could have stayed there for ages but we were running out of time and had to start making our way back home. We took the road up past Butter Tubs and over to Hawes. On the way up and down the other side we paused near the cloud base so I could get some more abstract and tonal shots of the weather and the hills.