Landscape Photography - Lakes and Dales Through a Lens

Thorns Hall

Code: SDEPT

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • Rural peace

Holiday overview

Capture the rich tapestry of Great Britain on camera. Explore and photograph both the iconic and the quirky that make our land and coast unique. From the cottages and castles, fishing harbours and flower-rich meadows, hills and heathland, dry stone walls and designer gardens, unveil the true essence of your location. Our expert leader will give you the expertise you need to get the best out of your camera and that inspirational vista. During the course of each day we'll walk up to 3 miles (5km).

Holiday Highlights:

  • Visit inspirational vistas of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks
  • Spend most of the day outdoors seeking out the best light and the best images
  • Our professional photography leader will guide and encourage

Great Reasons to Join Us:

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus all transport to photographic sites and tuition
  • Expert leader: all our leaders are experts in their field and will ensure that you get the most out of your holiday
  • Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at our Country Houses
  • Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a fun and relaxed environment

In pictures...

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Thorns Hall in Sedbergh

Thorns Hall established a foundation in Sedbergh in 1535 and it still retains its historic charm with wood-panelled rooms, fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard outside. It's an amazing house to visit all year round with a lush garden and magnificent hills nearby.

 

 

Green Tourism - awaiting grading

 

HF Holidays Thorns Hall - Grading coming soon!

 

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities 
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Full board, including an evening meal on arrival to breakfast on departure
• Reception hall
• Two lounges, with wood panelling and open fires
• Bar 
• Free WiFi in public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Upstairs dining room 
• Formal gardens at the front and side of the house

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Sedbergh evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

Due to the layout and the age of Thorns Hall, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility.

More details on Sedbergh accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

Saturday: Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.

Sunday: Auto or Program?

In the morning we’ll enjoy a tuition session explaining the important photographic basics beyond the convenience of Auto. We’ll then take a a gentle afternoon stroll around Sedbergh, putting into practice these different techniques, followed by an in-house assessment and discussion.

Monday: In Swaledale & Wensleydale 

Taking the Kirkby Stephen road we stop at Cross Keys to photograph Cautley Beck and Crag, a dramatic landscape in the Howgills. Pausing for refreshment at Kirkby Stephen, a remote moorland road is then taken to Keld and Muker in Swaledale where a wealth of photo-opportunities present themselves. A return is made via Buttertubs Pass, the tour concluding with an optional splash at Hardraw Falls (please note, this visit is not included in holiday price - the admission charge is currently £2.50).

Tuesday: Wordsworth Country

Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount are forever associated with William Wordsworth, where he lived. Strolling in his footsteps through landscapes that inspired his writings, we seek to capture the unique atmosphere of Grasmere and Rydal Water. Time is also allowed to pause at Waterhead for a classic view over Windermere to the Langdale Pikes.

Wednesday: Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or relax in the Country House

Thursday: Off the beaten track

Nudging the Lake District National Park is Arnside and Silverdale AONB, a landscape of gentle hills at the mouth of the River Kent overlooking Morecambe Bay. Lunch at Cartmel village with time for a visit to its wonderful priory before finishing at Lakeside, via Haverthwaite, for the Heritage Railway and views of Windermere.

Friday: A Dales finale

Dent could be ranked as one of the most attractive villages in the Dales and Ribblehead its most famous viaduct, we visit both. Continuing via Ingleton, the tour’s final stop is Kirkby Lonsdale and a meeting with the ‘devil’!

Saturday: depart after a leisurely breakfast

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

What to bring

  • your camera and other essential accessories
  • memory card
  • battery and charger
  • your camera’s instruction manual
  • waterproof clothing and outdoor footwear, ideally walking boots
  • bag for your camera equipment, spare clothing, lunch, water, etc
  • notebook and pencil (pencils work better in the rain!) 
  • a laptop plus accessories for viewing, editing and sharing images (whilst it’s not absolutely essential, bringing your own laptop will mean you get more from your photography holiday if you shoot digital)

 Optional camera accessories (remember you will have to carry some of these):

  • spare memory cards
  • a spare camera battery
  • a spare camera (you never know)
  • a small selection of lenses: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example
  • memory stick or CD for storing images
  • a tripod or monopod if you feel more comfortable with one
  • camera rain-protector - a shower cap or plastic bag, or something more expensive if you prefer

Local area

Discover the Lakes and Dales

Sedbergh sits at the foot of the Howgill Fells, a peaceful corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The centre of Sedbergh is just a few minutes walk from Thorns Hall. The town has a range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and a bank. Now famed as England’s ‘book town’, Sedbergh has many second-hand book shops and a good range of pubs and cafés. A wider range of facilities are available in the larger town of Kendal, about 10 miles away.

During your visit to Thorns Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Sizergh Castle
Situated near Kendal, about 25 minutes' drive from Sedbergh. Sizergh Castle is a fine medieval house, surrounded by beautiful gardens. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sizergh

Levens Hall with impressive topiary in the gardenLevens Hall
Visit this stately home, famous for its magnificent formal garden and its topiary displays. Levens Hall is south of Kendal, about 30 minutes' drive from Sedbergh. www.levenshall.co.uk

 

 

Appleby stationSettle to Carlisle Railway
Ride England’s most scenic railway through the Yorkshire Dales from Garsdale station, about 10 miles from Sedbergh. Heading south you could cross the famous Ribblehead viaduct and visit Settle, Skipton and Saltaire. Heading north you could head to the small market town of Appleby, or the border city of Carlisle. www.settle-carlisle.co.uk

Hawes & Wensleydale
A 30 minute drive through the Yorkshire Dales will take you to the small town of Hawes. Visit the famous creamery that produces Wensleydale Cheese. You may want to continue through the valley of Wensleydale, well known as the setting for All Creatures Great & Smallwww.wensleydale.co.uk

Kendal
The market town of Kendal, about 20 minutes' drive from Thorns Hall has a good range of specialist shops.The excellent Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry is also worth a visit. www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk

Steamer on WindermereLake District
A 40 minute drive will take you to Lake Windermere, gateway to exploring the beautiful scenery of the Lake District National Park. Here you could take a steamer trip on the lake, or visit the visitors centre at Brockhole. www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk or www.brockhole.co.uk

Travel

Travel to Sedbergh

Our address is: Thorns Hall, Cautley Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LE

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is Oxenholme, the Lake District, on the main line between London and Glasgow. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Pendolino train at speed 

Use an HF transfer

HF station transfer - great value!

Our station transfer operates between Oxenholme railway station and Thorns Hall every Saturday and Wednesday (Friday and Monday in the low season). The pickup is at 4.15pm from Oxenholme station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Oxenholme station by 10.00am. The transfer is only £10 return, but a place must be reserved in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.

 

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 10 mile journey from Oxenholme station to Thorns Hall can be made by taxi. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £23 per journey. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Thorns Hall Manager.

 

Driving to us

By car:

Leave the M6 at junction 37 and follow the A684 for 5 miles to Sedbergh. On reaching Sedbergh follow the road to the right into Finkle Street (avoiding the main street), then almost immediately turn left at a small roundabout into Back Lane. At the next mini-roundabout bear left onto the A683 following signs to Kirkby Stephen. Thorns Hall is a further 100 yards along the road on the left. Look out for our sign. A large car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

 

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests the most convenient option is to book a flight to Manchester Airport. There are direct trains every hour from Manchester Airport to Oxenholme - this is straightforward journey - allow 1½ hours to Oxenholme. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

From Oxenholme station you can complete the journey to Sedbergh using our transfer or by taxi (see above).

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4 hours to reach Oxenholme. From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. Next take the Underground train to London Euston. Finally the main line train from London Euston to Oxenholme takes 2½ hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

 Quantas Boeing 747

Leaders

Derek Forss

Derek has been leading Photographic Holidays for HF Holidays since 1995. In addition to providing clear and straightforward explanations (for beginners and the more experienced) of photo-techniques that are devoid of gobbledegook, he also has an in-depth understanding of the British countryside; essential for teaching wide-ranging aspects of landscape and architecture photography.

 

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Dates & Prices

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Prices are per person

Information

  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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