Landscape photography in Northumberland – Sycamore Gap

Waking up at 5am in the morning is hard, but to get the best images it has to be done, Sycamore Gap is somewhere I have wanted to go for a long time but I have never managed to actually get there, it is an Hour and a Half away from my home so I had to set off at 5:30 then take the 30 minute walk to the tree get set up and find a good composition.

“Sycamore Gap is located in Northumberland on the famous Hadrians Wall. The tree itself has become very famous over the years for photographers due to its dark night skies for shooting stars and even the Aurora (Northern Lights) The tree was also featured in Kevin Cosners version of Robin Hood”
How to find Sycamore Gap

I parked in the Twice Brewed Inn car park but there is a carpark up the hill called Steel Rig carpark which costs £2 per hour, I never realised this so I had to park in the pub. Its only a short walk out and up the hill, there is a gate on the right which you go through and there is a track you follow right up to the tree. There are a lot of different ways to get to the tree but this ways seems to be the easiest route.

The Image

The cloud coverage wasn’t great as when your behind the tree it is quite low down so getting any sunrise without the needed cloud isn’t too good, So I opted for a trek up the wall on top of the hill over looking the valley. It wasn’t until just after sunrise that the best of the light came, the cloud was too low and right on the horizon so I had to wait for my moment and catch the sun coming through the clouds.

I found my composition using the wall as a leading line out towards to the valley towards the sun. Setting my camera to F16 gives me the chance to get a sun burst, a little bit like my previous blog post ” How to achieve the star burst effect

I took a few test shots until I was happy with my settings, the results came out better than I was expecting due the poor sunrise. The first image I took was just up the bank from the tree. Just as the sun came up from the band of cloud I fired a few shots at different shutter speeds and adjust my ISO to suit.

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The opportunity for images is endless up in these parts so a trip back here is a must.

See the vlog below



  1. 12th January 2018 / 1:29 pm

    Fabulous shots! I love Sycamore Gap (and all Hadrian’s Wall actually). Love how there’s still frost on the ground! Would be lush for you to take the same shot through the seasons.

  2. 12th January 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for joining #ThatFridayLinky

  3. 14th January 2018 / 12:14 am

    I had no idea the wall was in such a beautiful spot. A wonderful time of day for your photos too.

    • 14th January 2018 / 7:18 am

      It’s fantastic. This is just one spot too. There are plenty of fantastic views along the wall

  4. 14th January 2018 / 12:37 am

    Those are stunning photos. Gorgeous scenery x #mysundayphoto

  5. 14th January 2018 / 7:39 am

    Fabulous photos, you cannot beat cold crispy mornings for some stunning sunrises x

  6. 14th January 2018 / 8:03 am

    What a gorgeous looking spot, you can’t beat sunrise photography.

    I look forward to watching the vlog

    Thank you for linking up

  7. 14th January 2018 / 8:43 am

    You are super talented Lew these are stunning photos mate an awesome place #mysundaypjoto#thatfridaylinky

  8. 14th January 2018 / 8:54 am

    I’d get up at 5am to take shots like this. You were so lucky with the weather. Great landscape to photograph and you did very well. I want to visit myself now. #MySundayPhoto

    • 14th January 2018 / 10:13 am

      It’s hard work getting up at that time but well worth it. It’s such a beautiful place up in Northumberland. If you do take a visit. Give me a shout 👍

  9. 14th January 2018 / 9:51 am

    What a stunning photo, I’d love to see Hadrian’s Wall. My parents used to live in Northumberland before I was born so perhaps I should pay a visit! #mysundayphoto

    • 14th January 2018 / 10:11 am

      You definitely should. You wouldn’t be disappointed.

  10. 14th January 2018 / 3:29 pm

    Stunning shots that made me miss home. I am a Boro girl living in Holland. #mysundayphoto

  11. 14th January 2018 / 3:49 pm

    I used to live in Newcastle and would get out to Northumberland whenever I could. Lovely county and lovely photos. #MySundayPhoto

  12. 14th January 2018 / 6:24 pm

    Beautiful photos – looks lovely

  13. 14th January 2018 / 10:32 pm

    They’re beautiful shots. Worth the early morning effort

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