Photos: Around Shap

Exploring the area around the village where I live.

This weekend, for one reason or another, I wasn’t able to get out into the national park as usual so instead I spent a bit of time exploring the area around the village where I live.

I have photographed Shap Abbey many times before so it felt the logical place to start. The abbey was built in 1199 and was the home to an order of premonstratensian monks before it was destroyed in 1540 under the orders of King Henry VIII.

About a mile up upstream from the abbey is the small hamlet of Keld. The bridge over the river Lowther seemed like a good spot for a selfie but I did have to run as quickly as I could in order to beat the 10 second timer.

Just south of the village is the limestone works now owned by Tata Steel. Here the limestone from the local area is turned into flux used in the manufacture of steel. This image was inspired by a series of images of cooling towers by Michael Kenna.

Next stop on the tour was Wet Sleddale reservoir. I have always struggled to find a composition here and yet again none was forthcoming. Just as I was about to give up and go home spotted the chain on the gate to the dam with it’s 3 padlocks!

Logistically speaking Shap is quite import with the A6, the West Coast Main Line and numerous utilities running through the village. This shot of the power lines running down towards Kendal was taken from close to Shap Summit, the highest point on the A6.

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