Michael Cartwright Photography

Spring In The Yorkshire Dales -  Malham FULLY BOOKED


Shoot spring scenes around wonderful Malham and enjoy an overnight stay at the fabulous Beck Hall, a perfectly located bistro hotel surrounded by rolling hills and magnificent limestone landscapes. 


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03rd - 04th Apr, 2022

£295.00 / £50.00 Deposit

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Malham is a village set in the Yorkshire Dales and hosts a range of beautiful natural features. The village lies at the upper end of the valley of the River Aire in the region known as Malhamdale. The surrounding countryside is well known for it's limestone pavement and spectacular scenery. Photographic attractions include Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss waterfall. This stunning area was voted number 3 out of 100 on TV's Britains Best Walks. 

Limestone pavement is a major feature of this area and you will have opportunities to photograph this at Malham Cove. 

There are lots of photographic locations within close proximity that can be visited depending on weather and light conditions. These include a ruined Priory, riverside walks, steam railways, traditional villages and waterfalls. Ribblehead Viaduct is also within easy reach of Malham along with the moorland valleys near Arncliffe and Kettlewell. A fluid itinerary allows us to maximise our chances of shooting under favourable conditions. 

We'll be working into the evening on day one, shooting until sunset, before retiring to our comfortable accommodation at Beck Hall. Day two will begin with an early rise to shoot morning light, and continuing into mid afternoon before heading back to Teesside. You will be home around tea time. 

Beck Hall is a charming hotel in a perfect location by a stream close to the centre of Malham village. On our last trip we were told that a kingfisher can regularly be spotted here (although we didn't manage to catch a glimpse)! Trip Advisor reviews are excellent and a hearty breakfast is included in your stay. The food on offer at the hotel is of high quality and the rooms are warm, clean and well appointed. You can see more info by visiting  https://www.beckhallmalham.com

I will be on hand to offer help and assistance, while encouraging you to create your own brand of images. It’s a great way to head out into the landscape with like minded people who enjoy the photographic process. Our sessions are friendly and relaxed while shooting in a group provides safety and support.

In order to obtain the best possible image quality, a tripod and filters are highly advised. 

Sensible outdoor clothing and walking boots are essential. We will be undertaking a 4.5 mile walk over good footpaths. The ascent of Malham Cove is via stone steps. You don't need to be super fit but you do need to have a fair level of mobility to enjoy this trip. 

Travel is included in our spacious minibus with pick up/drop off available for those in the Yarm/Teesside area. Attendees from outside of the Teesside area are very welcome, we can meet at the hotel on day one.  

Kit Suggestions….

Camera and Wide Angle Lens (Range – 10mm to 24mm)

Zoom/prime lens (Range – 24mm to 200mm)

Sturdy Tripod

Filters – ND Grads – Polarising Filter – Long Exposure Filters - Remote Release

I have Lee filters that you can use if you wish. 

Breakfast on day two is included. All other meals and snacks are not included. 

This booking is for deposit only. Final balance is due one week before departure

£50 deposit

Total cost £295 

"Many thanks for arranging the trip to the dales, it was thoroughly enjoyable. With a great crowd, great location's and great advice what more could we ask for, excellent from start to finish! Thank you for looking after us all. See you soon, Andrew"

"Thanks for a superb two days away. It was great to spend time with other photography enthusiasts. I also appreciated the one to one support you gave me on using filters. The accommodation was obviously carefully selected, as it was brilliantly situated and of a very high standard. Although the weather could have been better you were able to be flexible enough to respond to it and made the best of our two days away. " - Janice

"The unpredictable UK weather meant the enthusiastic Michael had to adapt the original plan, in his usual laid back style, so as to try and keep us and our kit relatively dry. Really enjoyed the area around Malham and then the stop at Bolton Abbey on the way back. Even managed a couple of good shots of a heron, which was unexpected bonus on a landscape photography course!" - Chris


"It was great to be able to come on a photography workshop again. Just what the doctor ordered ☺️ The hotel was a great find. Really enjoyed the location as it was something a bit different with plenty of scope for different types of camera work. It's always good to learn from you and I value your encouragement. Bolton Abbey was a bonus find and put us through our paces with the ever changing weather. Thanks for organising an excellent trip. I'm looking forward to the next one." - Gill

"Once again like many past workshops I been on with yourself they never disappoint, from a stroll on day one to chasing the light on day 2. Thoroughly enjoyed my time, always nice to meet up with like minded folks. Fantastic accommodation." - Lee


I have just returned from a trip to the Arctic Circle arranged by Michael. The best I can say is that this was a trip of a life time! The tour was friendly with lots of laughs. Michael, Scott & Joe passed on their knowledge freely. Nobody was left out, there was something for everyone to do and along with the photo opportunities we had great fun on snowmobiles at midnight on a frozen river going from Finland to Sweden, a dog sled ride through a frozen forest , reindeer sled ride and so much more.
Would I recommend Michael Cartwright Photography?? Hell yes!! A trip I will never forget & many new friends made.

Mike Cook

Over the last 18 months I have been on a number of courses, workshops and photography holidays with Michael Cartwright and his team Scott Bonner and Joe Fletcher. Over that time my photography skills have really improved with their generous and friendly help and support. I have learned so much and met some great people along the way. The latest holiday in Arctic Finland / Sweden has been the icing on the cake. Well organised from start to finish with a range of activities and challenges. It was the most wonderful experience and I have some photographs that I really like. Huge thank you to the team and I can wholly recommend Michael Cartwright Photography!

Gill Davidson

Michael has a unique ability to take complicated subject matter and deliver it in a simple, passionate and infectious manner. He has taken me on a journey with his workshops from ‘extreme novice’ that was absolutely clueless to a confident enthusiast. I will be eternally grateful for all of Michael’s efforts in going the extra mile throughout my learning journey. He is a credit to his profession and he sets the standards for the rest of his industry to follow. Oh, and he is a thoroughly likeable chap too!

Stephen Smith

Great weekend away and I’m really pleased with my photographs! Thanks for a fantastic workshop, everything was first class, including the hotel, the food and the weather! I really enjoyed learning about different ways to compose my photos for a more professional feel. The workshop was well planned and was extremely informative and interesting. The fact that Michael kept a close eye on everybody's progress was an extra bonus. Thanks Michael

Uma Mannan

Both myself and my husband have been friends of Michael's for many years now during which time we have been on numerous photography trips with him! 

We have thoroughly enjoyed every single trip from the Lake District, Paris, Budapest but my absolute favourite was the trip to Finland, we may not have been lucky enough to see the Northern Lights but what a fantastic adventure it turned out to be!! Each trip has been made extra special with the fabulous group of people that we have had the pleasure of making friends with, aside from that there is of course the excellent opportunity to take some amazing photographs of simply stunning scenery and architecture. The trips are always well organised and thoroughly thought through from beginning to end, as well as coming away with some truly amazing photos you will for sure meet some lovely people and make fantastic memories......

Jayne Stephenson

I  attended my first camera course as a complete beginner, I didn’t even know how to turn the camera on! The initial course was perfect for me, very well explained throughout and left me wanting to know more. Michael and the team are brilliant teachers, they are all very patient and we have a lot of laughs along the way. Since learning how to use my camera I have progressed on to landscape workshops and now class myself as being very confident with my kit. I’ve joined Michael on many occassions and would definitely recommend these workshops! 

John Conlin