David Speight Photography

yorkshire coast

yorkshire coast


The historic fishing port of Whitby on the east coast of Yorkshire has masses to offer photographically. There is the Olde Worlde charm of the whitewashed cottages with their red pantiled rooftops which give the ‘Old Town’ its distinctive character. On the clifftop above the town itself there is the imposing presence of Whitby Abbey, and of course there are the iconic and instantly recognisable east & west piers which mark the entrance to Whitby Harbour. Travel no more than a stones throw up or down the east coast from this most picturesque of Yorkshire Coastal towns, and you have the expansive beach at Sandsend to the north with it's battered sea defences, and the fantastic geology, cliffs and sea stacks of Saltwick Bay to the south. With so much photographic potential available, Whitby and the east coast of Yorkshire are the perfect area to learn all aspects of landscape photography whatever your ability level.


Staithes, about twenty five minutes drive north of Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast has been a centre for generations of artists both past and present and it’s not difficult to see why. The villages' traditional whitewashed stone cottages are built on to a steeply sloping hillside. The village itself has a timeless feel to it with its old cobbled streets, and the close proximity of the cottages to each other. The houses are rumoured to have been built this way so that smuggled goods could easily be passed from one end of the village to the other without being detected. Then there's the ancient looking harbour complete with it's own traditionally hand painted fishing boats or Cobles as they're known here in Yorkshire.

Robin Hoods Bay

Robin Hoods bay or Baytown as it’s known just south of Whitby on The North Yorkshire Coast is an idyllic fishing village which faces out to the North Sea. Similar again in character to Staithes, the traditional whitewashed stone cottages of Robin Hoods Bay, with red tiled rooftops and steeply sloping narrow cobbled streets have the appearance of being left over from some long forgotten era. Similarly to Staithes again, the village is synonymous with smugglers and smuggling. Robin Hoods Bay is said to have had the busiest smuggling community on The Yorkshire Coast. It was also said that goods could travel from the bottom of the town to the top without ever leaving the houses via a series of underground tunnels.

Other Locations

The locations above are just three of many areas that we can possibly visit for our day on the Yorkshire Coast photography workshop. In keeping with the way I work myself when photographing the landscape, we won't aim to have a rigid location/shoot plan. We will keep our options open and aim to work with the prevailing conditions in an effort to get the absolute most from the day, and also the best possible images. Other locations that we can possibly visit will include; Scarborough; Saltburn, Runswick Bay, Kettleness, Port Mulgrave, Boggle Hole and Ravenscar.

Meeting Times

A typical day lasts around ten hours from start to finish and will include a sunrise, a sunset or both. The exact format of the Yorkshire Coast photography workshop will depend upon the time of year. In the summer months the workshop will start with us meeting around midday, and conclude around sunset. With the shorter days of the Winter months the day will begin with us meeting before sunrise and see us working right through until sunset. We will take a break for food at some point and this is usally at one of the local cafes or restaurants.

  • 17th May 2020 - Available

  • £120 / £30.00

    • Full days tuition

    • Loan of filters/tripods if required

    • Personal/equipment insurance

    • Transport to the location

    • Food/drinks

  • Low-average fitness required - No long walks

  • Full day workshop - 10 hours

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