Landscape Photography Various locations

Two photographers outdoors
The Mawddach estuary near Dolgellau
The Needles off the Isle of Wight
Whitby abbey at dawn
Cottage in Selworthy village

Photography holidays

From £399 - 4 to 7 nights

For all UK holidays:

Your holiday itinerary is broadly as follows:

Arrival day (Mondays and Wednesdays in 2015): You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 5pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.

Arrival day (Fridays and Saturdays in 2015): You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Tea and coffee are available throughout the afternoon in the lounge. We invite everyone to our drinks reception at 6.30pm. This is the first occasion when everyone meets together – an opportunity to meet your leader and fellow guests, and find out more about your holiday.

Other days:

9.30am-5.30pm - Photography activities

Departure day: depart after a leisurely breakfast

European holidays will have individual itineraries but still broadly follow the UK programme set out above.

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Itinerary for:

St Ives, 3 April 2015, with Steve Boniwell 

Dolgellau, 1 May 2015, with David Pratt  

Sedbergh, 9 May 2015, with Alan Cowderoy  

Kenmare, 21 June 2015, with Derek Forss  

Selworthy, 25 September 2015, with David Pratt  

Whitby, 9 October 2015, with Geoff Perry

Freshwater Bay, 9 October 2015, with Derek Forss 

 San Quirico d'Orcia, 11 October 2015, with Graham Light

Brecon, 12 October 2015, with David Pratt 

You might also like to read about our Festive Landscape Photography holiday

St Ives, Friday 3 April 2015, with Steve Boniwell

Day 2: Today we will start with an introductory tutorial on landscape/seascape photography. This will be followed by a stroll into St Ives with Rocky Trevaunance Cove near St Agnesopportunities for harbour views, beach and cliff scenes and the scenic architecture of the town itself.  Please note, this walks on this holiday may range from the steep, cobbled streets of St Ives to coastal paths along cliff tops.

Day 3: After a brief tutorial session we take a look at the archeological landscape of Cornwall as portrayed by the old tin mines at Levant clinging to the face of the cliffs. This will involve a one-mile stroll on the clifftop. Time and weather permitting we shall travel on to Cape Cornwall before returning to Chy Morvah.

Day 4: A free day to relax at Chy Morvah or explore the local area independently.

Day 5: Today we venture up the coast for cliffs and lighthouses (Godrevy) and surf (St Agnes), then return for a review session at Chy Morvah before our evening activities.

St Michaels Mount

Day 6: Our morning tutorial is followed by a drive to the southern Cornish coast with the beautiful cove of Lamorna, the harbour and village of Mousehole and St Michaels Mount from Marazion.

Day 7: Today we take the scenic St Ives branch line to Carbis bay and the pretty little church in the sand dunes at Lelant. We can enjoy grand beach views here in the estuary sweeping towards the east end of St Ives. On the return to Chu Morvah, we review our week’s work.

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Dolgellau, Friday 1 May 2015, with David Pratt

Talyllyn RailwayDay 2:  Today we drive to Tywyn, home of the Talyllyn narrow gauge railway. After lunch, we take a train ride back to Abergwynolwyn, where our for coach awaits to return us to Dolgellau. Man’s historical  intervention in the landscape, is it benign or destructive?

Day 3: This morning we visit Barmouth for views across the estuary from the “Panorama Walk”. Then we take a local train across famous Barmouth bridge to Tywyn. Today is all about the mountain  landscape enhanced by sea and sky.

Day 4:  A free day to relax at Dolserau Hall and explore the local area independently. Your leader David will be available in Dolserau Hall to chat if you wish.

Day 5: An excursion to Harlech with it's castle as the  dominating feature in the landscape. We drive homewards along the coast via Barmouth and along the river estuary.

Day 6: A day lakeside at Lake Vrynwy. We start at the Visitors Centre, assessing the impact of the Sculpture Park in the landscape and capturing this with our cameras. Moving onward after lunch to the far end of the lake, we take in the Pistyll waterfall before returning to Dolserau Hall.

Day 7: Today we drive to Cymer Abbey ruins and the “Precipice Walk”  for a demonstration of our new-found skills. And using our cameras to demonstrate our understanding of the art of compressing vast imposing panoramas into small two dimensional records - whilst all the time expressing our feelings through photography. We can all measure our progress at our final evening's “show and tell” session.

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Sedbergh, Saturday 9 May 2015, with Alan Cowderoy

Spring flowers in SwaledaleDay 2: Today we will practice composition and exposure while visiting a wide variety of locations including waterfalls, castles, a nature reserve, a water driven cotton mill, pastoral rural scenery and wild uplands.
After a talk on camera settings relevant to today's locations, we’re off to take in Cautley Crag, an impressive scree cliff and then on to Kirkby Stephen, a traditional market town of historic buildings. It’s ideally located in the beautiful Upper Eden valley, being surrounded by a landscape of pastoral rural scenery and wild uplands offering breathtaking views in every direction.
After lunch we visit Pendragon Castle, a fortified tower house dating from the late 12th century, then on to Hardraw Force, home of England`s largest single drop waterfall, a reputed 100 foot drop set within the grounds of the historic Green Dragon Inn. We return via Mallerstang Common, one of England’s few remaining wild and peaceful places and Gayle, a picturesque village and a living testimony to the Dales' industrial heritage, with its water-driven cottonmill and two waterfalls, Gayle Force and Aisgill, nearby.

Day 3: Today we will practice composition and focus using a wide variety of locations including urban landscapes, a lake cruise, a spectacular reservoir and rural scenery.
Today we drive to Bowness on Windermere, a bustling town located in the heart of the National Park with spectacular views. Then we go by ferry Waterhead Pier at Ambleside. After lunch, we take in  Fisher Tarn Reservoir, an old water supply for Kendal, now used primarily for fishing

Day 4: Today we will practice composition, depth of field and the importance of the histogram using a wide variety of locations includRibblehead Viaducting a castle, one of the best views across the Southern lakes, natural woodland, orchards, urban landscapes and a limestone pasture. 
Todays first stop is Kendal Castle, built in the early 1200′s, with spectacular views over the town. Then it’s on to Scout Scar and a short walk to one of the best views across the entire southern lakes. After some free time to explore Kendal and have our lunch, we drive to Kirkby Lonsdale a market town renowned for its historical features and picturesque scenery. On our return to Thorns Hall, we stop to capture images of the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct, one of the wildest and most remote areas in the North of England. 

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Kenmare, Sunday 21 June 2015, with Derek Forss

Day 2: Morning devoted to some basic technical tuition designed to achieve the best results from your chosen camera, followed by a photo-shoot in the neighbourhood. After dinner a review of progress. When conditions are favourable, some evenings will feature a photo-shoot in the immediate neighbourhood.

Irish coastlineDay 3: After breakfast, we enjoy the Ring of Kerry: Ranked as one of the best scenic drives in Europe, this tour provides the perfect introduction to the landscapes of County Kerry. Featured stops (out of many) to include Sneem for its river, Coomakista Pass and Valencia Island.Torc Waterfall, Killarney

Day 4: Today we visit Killarney National Park: Magnificent scenery in the shadow of Carrauntoohil, the highest mountain in Ireland. In addition to Killarney, we take a walk on easy tracks where vehicles are not permitted to Muckross Lake and Abbey. It is also possible to hire a jaunting car.

Day 5: Free Day on which to relax and enjoy the facilities at the hotel or explore the local area independently.

Day 6: The Dingle Peninsula is in our sights today: Europe’s most westerly point jutting out into the Atlantic. As with The Ring of Kerry, there will be frequent photo-stops that include Inch, Dingle, Slea Head, Gallarus Oratory and Conor Pass.

Kerry & CorkDay 7: Today we explore the West Cork Coast: South of Kenmare to Bantry Bay and Mizen Head. Again with frequent stops, photo-locations will include Garnish Island, Baltimore, Drombeg Stone Circle and Timoleague.


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Selworthy, Friday 25 September 2015, with David Pratt

Day 2:  Today we drive to Minehead Station where we take a train to Crowcombe, set deep in the beautiful Quantock hills. AfterwarQuantock Hillsds we drive to the picturesque village of Bishops Lydyeard before returning to Holnicote house.

Day 3: Our first port of call today is Dunster, and the Castle and  Watermill. We then turn inland towards Exmoor and Timberscombe. Afterwards we wend our way back to Selworthy; time and weather permitting, our route takes us across lovely Exmoor via Wimbleball Lake and Sticklepath.

Day 4:  A free day to relax and explore. Your leader David will be available in Holnicote House to chat if you wish.

Porlock Weir cottagesDay 5: Our visit today is to Porlock  and then it's on to Porlock Weir for lunch. Weather permitting, we continue to Lynmouth before returning to Holnicote House.

Day 6: Today many a photo opportunity beckons at Watchet and East Quantockshead, together with the chance to explore a smugglers inn at lunchtime.

Day 7: After breakfast we visit Combe Martin and the tallest cliff in the UK. As always at the mercy of weather off the Atlantic, we may move on towards Parracombe and the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway.

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Whitby, Friday 9 October 2015, with Geoff Perry

Whitby's impressive abbey ruins atop a green hillWe are spoilt for choice at iconic Whitby with the pretty bustling town, its impressive piers and harbour and its fascinatingFishing village of Staithes Abbey.  Everywhere we turn offers us a wonderful photo opportunity. During our holiday, we also travel a little further afield to places such as the pretty neighbouring fishing village of Staithes; we may capture images of the magnificent sweep of the bay at Sandsend or the rugged beauty of Saltwick Bay or charming Runswick Bay with its red roofed cottages; the priory ruins at Rosedale Abbey, set in the North York Moors National Park could be our focus, or the old iron ore mine workings that remind us of its sooty, noisy industrial past.  Back at Larpool Hall, we can spend some time processing our images using specialist software. Return to top



Freshwater Bay, Friday 9 October 2015, with Derek Forss

Day 2: This morning is devoted to some basic technical tuition designed to achieve the best results from your chosen camera, followed by a Freshwater and flowersphotoshoot in the neighbourhood. After dinner we review our progress.

Day 3: After breakfast we take a photo-tour of the island. Highlights include Alum Bay, Newtown, Newport Quay, Godshill, and Shanklin Old Village. After dinner we enjoy a Photographic talk from Derek.

Day 4: Free day to relax and enjoy the facilities at Freshwater Bay House or explore the loca area independently.

ventnor gardenDay 5: Today we drive to Bonchurch, via the Military Road. After visiting the 11th century church, we descend to the sea front and walk to Ventnor and continue on to Steephill Cove and Ventnor Botanic Garden for a session on floral photography. On-location advice about composition will also be a feature of our day.

Day 6: This morning we drive across the island to Culver Cliff stopping at Brading Down for the view. We take the coastal path to Bembridge, visiting its windmill on our return journey, followed by Brighstone for tea. After dinner a review of our progress.

Day 7: Finally a few hidden delights that may have escaped the notice of even the experienced visitor. They include Shalfleet Quay, Gatcombe, Appludurcombe House and for the energetic, St Catherine’s Oratory. It is hoped that in the evening the group will present an informal exhibition of their work

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San Quirico d'Orcia, Sunday 11 October 2015, with Graham Light

Day 2: After breakfast we travel to San Giovanni d’Asso, Pienza and Montepulciano where we will be afforded many opportunites to practice our photography skillsStreet in Montepulciano

Day 3: Today we drive to explore the small villages and surrounding hillsides of Spedaletto, Monticchiello and La Foce observing the landscape and interpreting our ideas into images.

Day 4: This is a fSienaree day for you to relax at the hotel or to explore further afield independently.

Day 5: After breakfast we travel to Siena on a sightseeing tour that also enables us to explore architectural photography, street photography and to look for detail.

Day 6: Today we stay in San Quirico and walk around the town and the local countryside, exploring further opportunities to practice our photography skills and capture some great images. Cypress trees and poppies in Tuscany

Day 7: After breakfast we drive to Montalcino, on to the Abbey, Abbazia di Sant'Antimo and explore this abbey and its surrounds. Then we go on to Bagni Vignoni via Castiglione d’Orcia.

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Brecon, Monday 12 October 2015, with David Pratt

Brecon BeaconsDay 2: This morning we drive to Mynydd Illtud Brecon Beacons Visitor centre, where we can examine strong foreground / background harmony, foreground interest and lead-in lines.  Later this evening, we enjoy a tutorial session.

Day 3: After breakfast we visit Llangorse Lake, with plenty of photo opportunity stops to capture the lovely mountain scenery.  After lunch in Brecon town, we focus on Jacobean townscapes and detail before returning to Nythfa house  to view our individual efforts so far. This evening we have an informal review and photography tutorial session.

Day 4: Today's theme is man and industry in the landscape. We ride the train on the Brecon Mountain railway at Station, with a round trip along the scenic Pontsticill Reservoir. This evening we can enjoy a show and tell of our work, admiring individual improvement and sharing successes.

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