Over the weekend and after having a fair deal of rainfall, I took the opportunity to visit and photograph one of my most favorite waterfalls in the North East of England, Bleabeck Force. Located on the route of the Pennine Way and close to the normal tourist attraction of High Force in Upper Teesdale. Bleabeck Force in my view is by far a more superior one in visual terms than that of High Force which it eventually feeds. The cascade of Bleabeck is fed by a small stream which begins its life at Bleabeck Grains, Hagworm Hill to the South of the River Tees. As it winds its way down to join the River Tees, it falls over many smaller falls, each with their own beauty and photographic merit, it then ends in a most spectacular display of grandeur before reaching its final destination.
There is never an easy time to photograph this waterfall as you are facing due South and even on an overcast day the dynamic range can be extremely wide. In late Autumn and Winter when this beck is in full spate it is almost impossible to get close enough for reasonable images. However, the height gained when following the route of the stream to its source commands some excellent views of the surrounding countryside and Upper Teesdale.