Visit Harrogate’s Cherry Blossom Avenues – Pic of the Week

A popular North Yorkshire tourist attraction in the spring are Harrogate's cherry blossom avenues on the Stray. These stunning long avenues are a great place to take photos and enjoy a visit to this charming spa town. Photography tips, travel and parking information. Harrogate's Cherry Blossom Avenues on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Pink cherry blossom trees.If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen on my stories that I gave a “heads up” a couple of weeks ago, that Harrogate’s cherry blossom was about to come out for bank holiday weekend. I was a bit surprised at how many hundreds of people watched those stories. Blogging is a job I can do in my pyjamas a lot of the time, but not if I’m going to be in a video. I may need to change my personal routine!

A popular North Yorkshire tourist attraction in the spring are Harrogate's cherry blossom avenues on the Stray. These stunning long avenues are a great place to take photos and enjoy a visit to this charming spa town. Photography tips, travel and parking information. Harrogate's Cherry Blossom Avenues on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Pink cherry blossom trees.Getting back to Harrogate’s cherry blossom, there are two main avenues of the trees on the Stray, one of which is divided by a line of horse chestnut and bordered by daffodils. They are very long avenues indeed and are truly stunning in full bloom. They usually flower the last week of April but were late this year due to the long winter. The blooms last only two weeks – less if it’s very hot or windy.

Photography tips

Use optical zoom for a beautiful perspective looking straight down the avenues of trees. Optical zoom will allow you to really fill the background of your shots with abundant pink blossom, all condensed together to look really thick and lush. (Read last week’s blog post about optical zoom for some simple tips). A tripod would be a good idea. Check out my tips for equipment on the Shop page.

A popular North Yorkshire tourist attraction in the spring are Harrogate's cherry blossom avenues on the Stray. These stunning long avenues are a great place to take photos and enjoy a visit to this charming spa town. Photography tips, travel and parking information. Harrogate's Cherry Blossom Avenues on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Pink cherry blossom trees.In strong sun you will do better if your camera is in the shade. For photos of people, put them in the shade too. They’re less likely to be over-exposed. It also means they won’t be screwing up their eyes. Cloudy days give better results.

If you’re trying to take photos only with a phone camera and you don’t have much optical zoom, then look for alternative angles. Get something close-up in the foreground like a dangling blossom or a daffodil. Maybe shoot the avenue sideways on. Take portraits with cherry blossom in the background.

Visiting Harrogate’s Cherry Blossom Avenues

Harrogate’s cherry blossom avenues are situated near the Prince of Wales roundabout, Leeds Road and York Place. If you’re lucky you may be able to park close by for free on Stray Rein. You may also find a spot in the Tewit Well Avenue residential area.

It’s easy to reach by train or bus as it’s a short walk from Harrogate’s main station. Both cherry blossom avenues meet at the point where Station Parade joins York Place. Grid reference 53.988425, -1.535504. The number 36 bus goes stops by the trees.

It can get fairly busy, as it’s quite a well-known seasonal attraction. It’s also a main walking route for residents so you will have to be patient as people walk in and out of your shot. If you’re really dedicated to the best shots, perhaps go at dawn.

More travel and photography in the Harrogate area on this blog: Knaresborough Castle, Swinsty and Fewston Reservoirs, Yorkshire Brewery Tours, West Tanfield Village.

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8 Comments

  1. 14th May 2018 / 8:34 pm

    Oh wow, aren’t these amazing. I need to make a note of visiting these next year

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

  2. 13th May 2018 / 10:10 pm

    We were there 2 months ago, I’d love to be there to see all that blossom

    • 13th May 2018 / 11:04 pm

      It was very cold and wintery 2 months ago!

  3. 13th May 2018 / 9:33 pm

    That shot down the avenue really is beautiful

    • 13th May 2018 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks – it’s been just delightful to visit.

  4. 13th May 2018 / 8:13 pm

    The blossom is absolutely beautiful! Great tips on photographing it. We had a cherry blossom tree at our old house and I still miss it more than four years later.

    • 13th May 2018 / 8:25 pm

      It’s short-lived joy but always seems worth the wait. Thanks!

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