Embrace winter in the woods
The warmth of summer and riot of autumnal colour may be over but another change of season brings a whole new dimension to exploring Skipton Castle Woods.
Views open up from the upper path as trees shed their leaves and early morning light exposes the woodland’s hidden furrows and limestone crags.
Frost covered dry stone walls, spider’s webs and snow are perfect opportunities to capture winter on film so take your camera with you on your next walk.
Pack a flask along with your binoculars as you head out to spot hardy British winter birds like the robin and blackbird, both easily spotted in winter trees.
In the river valley, Eller Beck offers a sensory overload as rainfall, melting snow and ice raise the river level cascading noisily over the weir.
The Round Dam often freezes over around the edges; the bench nearby is a good spot to throw bird seed from to wildfowl on the water.
Dusk brings with it great sunsets to the west of the wood and frosty nights offer perfect conditions for stargazing. Wrap up warm, wear good boots and meet friends to take a torch lit woodland walk at dusk.