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5 Barnard Castle & Lower Teesdale

Richard Laidler | Stormy Sky over Barnard Castle

Stormy Sky over Barnard Castle

Ominous stormy clouds over the market town of Barnard Castle, Teesdale with the last of the afternoon sunshine lighting up the buildings
Richard Laidler | Winter Sun on the River Tees at Barnard Castle, Teesdale

Winter Sun on the River Tees at Barnard Castle, Teesdale

Dramatic lighting in this view of the river Tees looking upstream from The Demenses at Barnard Castle, Teesdale
Richard Laidler | Autumn Gold

Autumn Gold

A mature European Larch (Larix Decidua) in gold autumn colour in sunshine against a clear blue sky background. Taken at Wycliffe near Barnard Castle
Richard Laidler | The River Tees and Demesnes Mill, Barnard Castle, Teesdale

The River Tees and Demesnes Mill, Barnard Castle, Teesdale

The old water mill, now holiday accommodation, on the River Tees at Barnard Castle, Teesdale
Richard Laidler | Egglestone Abbey

Egglestone Abbey

The remains of the Premonstratensian Monastery Egglestone Abbey, Barnard Castle, Teesdale, UK in winter sunshine
Richard Laidler | Barnard Castle, Teesdale - Town Panorama

Barnard Castle, Teesdale - Town Panorama

Panoramic view of the ancient market town of Barnard Castle, Teesdale, County Durham, UK in strong winter sunshine and a clear blue sky
Richard Laidler | Barnard Castle, Teesdale - Castle Panorama

Barnard Castle, Teesdale - Castle Panorama

Panoramic view of the Grade 1 listed remains of the 12th century Barnard Castle and river Tees in the town of Barnard Castle, Teesdale. Taken on a crisp January morning in bright sunshine and a virtually cloudless blue sky
Richard Laidler | Dramatic light at the Meeting of the Waters

Dramatic light at the Meeting of the Waters

Dramatic strong autumn sunshine highlights this scene against an almost black sky. This is the confluence of the rivers Greta (running downstream from the camera) and Tees at Rokeby, near Barnard Castle, Teesdale. The artist JMW Turner painted a scene near here.
Richard Laidler | Somewhere Under The Rainbow

Somewhere Under The Rainbow

Sheep grazing under a vivid rainbow at Barningham, Lower Teesdale
Richard Laidler | Wintry Bright Interval at Barningham

Wintry Bright Interval at Barningham

A brief sunny interval highlights the rural conservation village of Barningham, with a fresh covering of snow on the moor behind it, under a dramatic stormy sky
Richard Laidler | The Bank, Barnard Castle, Teesdale

The Bank, Barnard Castle, Teesdale

View of a steep street named The Bank in the historic market town of Barnard Castle, Teesdale, in strong late autumn sunshine.
Richard Laidler | Stepping Into Spring

Stepping Into Spring

Stepping stones across a woodland beck in spring with dappled shade, sunshine and a blue sky. A clump of wild garlic is featured in the foreground with lots more on both banks of the stream. Taken at Whorlton, Teesdale
Richard Laidler | Whorlton Bridge and River Tees Cascade

Whorlton Bridge and River Tees Cascade

A cascade on the river Tees at Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, Teesdale in spring sunshine, below the Grade II listed and Scheduled Ancient Monument of Whorlton Suspension Bridge connecting Yorkshire and County Durham
Richard Laidler | Bridge into Autumn

Bridge into Autumn

Looking over the grade II listed suspension bridge over the river Tees at Whorlton, Teesdale to the wooded bank on the far side with vivid autumn colours and sunshine
Richard Laidler | The Road into Spring

The Road into Spring

Copper Beech coming into leaf and wild cherries in flower in spring sunshine on the roadside at Wycliffe Apr 2019
Richard Laidler | Dramatic Light on the Tees at Barnard Castle

Dramatic Light on the Tees at Barnard Castle

Strong late spring sunshine lights up the River Tees looking upstream from Demenses Mill, Barnard Castle, Teesdale, while an almost black sky and approaching heavy shower provides drama.
Richard Laidler | Spring at Flatts Woods, Barnard CAstle, Teesdale

Spring at Flatts Woods, Barnard CAstle, Teesdale

Mixed woodland coming to life on a perfect spring morning at Flatts Woods, Barnard Castle, Teesdale
Richard Laidler | County Bridge and the Castle, Barnard Castle, Teesdale

County Bridge and the Castle, Barnard Castle, Teesdale

Looking upstream on the river Tees towards the County Bridge and the remains of the castle, Barnard Castle, Teesdale, in summer
Richard Laidler | A Frosty Morning on the River Tees at Barnard Castle, Teesdale

A Frosty Morning on the River Tees at Barnard Castle, Teesdale

Watery sunshine starting to light up the riverbanks as the cloud thins. Taken looking upstream from Demenses Mill, Barnard Castle on a frosty morning in mid-November.
Richard Laidler | Autumn on the River Tees at Winston

Autumn on the River Tees at Winston

A brief bright interval lights up the vivid autumn colours on the River Tees banks, looking upstream from Winston Bridge
Richard Laidler | Spring Oaks at Thorpe, Teesdale

Spring Oaks at Thorpe, Teesdale

Oak trees emerging into leaf line a country lane in strong spring sunshine under a dark sky.
Richard Laidler | Towards Whorlton Bridge from Wycliffe, Teesdale

Towards Whorlton Bridge from Wycliffe, Teesdale

Looking upstream on the River Tees from Wycliffe towards Whorlton Bridge in the distance, on a bright spring morning.
Richard Laidler | Spring Contrasts on the River Tees

Spring Contrasts on the River Tees

A day of bursts of very strong sunshine produces dramatic lighting conditions. Here the newly emerged deciduous woodland on the banks of the River Tees is almost as colourful as it is in autumn, standing out against a dark ominous sky. Taken looking upstream from Whorlton Bridge.
Richard Laidler | Big Sky over the Teesdale Way at Thorpe

Big Sky over the Teesdale Way at Thorpe

A huge sky over the Teesdale Way long distance footpath at Thorpe, which runs just to the right of the wall, looking west towards Rokeby near Barnard Castle. On the horizon in the far distance is Cross Fell, the highest point in the pennines at 893m (2930ft).
Richard Laidler | The Stang from Hutton Magna in Dramatic Light

The Stang from Hutton Magna in Dramatic Light

Lots of contrasts with sunshine on The Stang in the distance, and on the yellow oilseed rape in the foreground, while a dark sky provides drama.
Richard Laidler | Sycamore Silhouette

Sycamore Silhouette

A magnificent solitary Sycamore silhouette in strong spring sunshine against a dark sky.
Richard Laidler | Big Sky over the River Tees at Whorlton in Spring

Big Sky over the River Tees at Whorlton in Spring

Taken looking upstream from Whorlton Bridge on a fine April morning
Richard Laidler | River Tees North Side at Whorlton in Spring Sun

River Tees North Side at Whorlton in Spring Sun

A view looking upstream on a low River Tees from an area of exposed limestone pavement on the north side of the river at Whorlton. Taken on a perfect late April morning in strong sunshine under a cloudless deep blue sky. The Teesdale Way long distance footpath passes along this stretch of the riverbank.
Richard Laidler | Spring Bright Interval

Spring Bright Interval

For just a few seconds, a hole in the 10/10ths cloud cover formed creating quite dramatic light and vivid shades of green on this patch of farmland.
Richard Laidler | Huge Sky over Thorpe, Lower Teesdale

Huge Sky over Thorpe, Lower Teesdale

Sunshine and shadows and two derelict barns on the Teesdale Way at Thorpe, under a huge sky. Cross Fell, the highest point in the pennines, on the horizon.
Richard Laidler | Towards Newsham under a Stormy Sky

Towards Newsham under a Stormy Sky

A gap in the hawthorn hedge provides a view over towards Newsham (Richmondshire) from near Hutton Magna, Teesdale. Taken on a windy and blustery day as the stormy conditions were moving away, creating a little brightness under a dramatic sky
Richard Laidler | Wall to the Squall

Wall to the Squall

The briefest of bright intervals highlights the wall leading to a tree on the horizon as a fierce squall blows in.
Richard Laidler | The River Tees from Rokeby

The River Tees from Rokeby

The River Tees looking downstream from the north bank opposite the Meeting of the Waters at Rokeby near Barnard Castle, Teesdale. Taken from the Teesdale Way long distance footpath on the first day of meteorological summer, June 1st 2020.
Richard Laidler | Van Farm Lane, Teesdale

Van Farm Lane, Teesdale

A mature Ash tree by the side of the rural lane towards Van Farm, Teesdale in late spring sunshine under a cloudless deep blue sky
Richard Laidler | The Meeting of the Waters

The Meeting of the Waters

The River Greta meets the River Tees at Rokeby, near Barnard Castle, Teesdale. Taken from the Teesdale Way long distance footpath on the first day of meteorological summer, June 1st 2020. After weeks with little or no rain, both rivers are very low. This location was painted by the artist JMW Turner.
Richard Laidler | Red Poppies, Yellow Rape and Deep Blue Sky

Red Poppies, Yellow Rape and Deep Blue Sky

Red field poppies in a crop of yellow flowering oilseed rape under a cloudless deep blue sky.
Richard Laidler | Towards Van Farm, Teesdale, in Spring

Towards Van Farm, Teesdale, in Spring

Red field poppies and white cow parsley make a colourful field margin against yellow oilseed rape under a cloudless deep blue sky
Richard Laidler | Ruined Barns and Red Campion

Ruined Barns and Red Campion

Flowering Red Campion (Silene Dioica) from an earlier planting under the Countryside Stewardship scheme, to create a beneficial environment for pollinating insects. Taken on the Teesdale Way long distance footpath at Thorpe, Lower Teesdale.
Richard Laidler | Stairway Through The Woods

Stairway Through The Woods

Steps on an uphill footpath through woodland in spring, Wild garlic lines the path and a deep blue sky emphasizes the fresh green leaves. Taken on the Teesdale Way long distance footpath at Whorlton.
Richard Laidler | Mares Tales

Mares Tales

A huge formation of Mares Tails clouds (Cirrus Uncinus) in a deep blue spring sky
Richard Laidler | Three Cloudy Amigos

Three Cloudy Amigos

Three similar clouds forming over Thorpe Hall, Lower Teesdale. Taken on a bright early spring morning from Wycliffe, the air was unsually clear so that Cross Fell, the highest point in the Pennines, and approximately 22 miles away from where this picture was taken, stands out nicely on the horizon towards the right hand edge of the image.
Richard Laidler | Poppies, Rape and a Big Sky

Poppies, Rape and a Big Sky

A profusion of red field poppies towards the margin in a crop of yellow oilseed rape under a big early summer sky. Looking towards The Stang from Van Farm, Teesdale.
Richard Laidler | Whorlton Cascades Panorama

Whorlton Cascades Panorama

A panoramic view downstream on the River Tees over the cascades at Whorlton, Teesdale. A brief break in the clouds produces some brightness on the river which has been swollen from overnight rainfall. Taken on D-Day 6 June 2020 on private property with access and publication by kind permission of the landowner.
Richard Laidler | Late Summer on the River Tees at Whorlton

Late Summer on the River Tees at Whorlton

Very strong sunshine in this view upstream on the River Tees from Whorlton Bridge on the last day of meteorolgical summer 31 August 2020. Just a hint of autumn colours beginning to form in the trees.