Beck Isle Cottage, Thornton-le-Dale

The Story Behind the Image - Beck Isle Cottage, Thornton-le-Dale

Beck Isle Cottage in the village of Thornton-le-Dale is probably the most photographed building in the North York Moors - though Rievaulx Abbey is in the running, too. Beck Isle Cottage is a Grade II listed building on Thornton Beck. The picturesque cottage regularly features in calendars and travel brochures of the region, and it is no wonder!

I came here on an excursion with my wife and daughter. I was keen to photograph the cottage, having seen photos of it online.

Not knowing what time of day the sun would strike the cottage front, we arrived too early in the day. But every cloud has a silver lining; we had time to explore Thornton-le-Dale and enjoy a hot cup of coffee at a local cafe before wandering back to the cottage to find it beautifully lit by the midday sun.

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