Landscape Photography - South Downs Through a Lens
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Meadows & hills
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 will walk up to a maximum of 3 miles (5km).
- We'll spend most of the day outdoors seeking out the best images
- Your tutor will offer plenty of guidance and tuition
- Evenings offer opportunities for further tuition, or the chance to review the day's photographs
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.
Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, Abingworth Hall is ideally located for a short break or a longer holiday. A peaceful ambiance and excellent facilities make it a relaxing place to stay. It offers great viewing for short or long strolls in the beautiful surrounding meadows.
Choose your room
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms available at no extra charge
• 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
• 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
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Three comfortable lounges, the largest of which opens onto the attractive conservatory and bar
• Large ballroom
• Dining room
• Free WiFi avaliable in some public rooms
|• Range of board games and books
• Surrounded by eight acres of gardens
• Putting green and croquet lawn
• Heated outdoor swimming pool (open May to September)
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Friday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Saturday: Photographing iconic cliffs at chalky Beachy Head and the famous Seven Sisters
On our first day out we’ll visit the iconic chalk cliffs where the South Downs meet the sea. The first location will be Beachy Head, and then west a little to the Seven Sisters Country Park, where a walk of a mile and bit each way gives us a view of the famous Seven Sisters cliffs.
Sunday: Exploring with our cameras locally at Abingworth and Sullington Warren
We’ll meet up for a while in the morning for some tuition and discussion, and then explore a bit of the local area on foot, including the grounds of Abingworth Hall itself and the local National Trust reserve of Sullington Warren. We’ll have time to review our photos so far later in the day.
Monday: Taking images at remarkable Devil's Dyke and panoramic Bramber Castle
The main focus today is a trip to the remarkable landscape feature of the Devil’s Dyke, the longest, deepest and widest ‘dry valley’ in the UK. Our return route will take in Bramber Castle; although little of this Norman castle survives, the site offers panoramic views over the countryside. We’ll get back in good time to have a session reviewing the day’s photos and a bit of tuition.
Tuesday: Free day
A free day for you to explore the local area independently or relax in the Country House
Wednesday: Arundel and Amberley - Sussex Towns on camera
Today we take a look at the urban landscape of the South Downs, starting with a trip to the historic market town of Arundel. We'll take in some views of its famous castle, as well exploring the streets and architecture. On the way back, we will also have time to visit the picturesque village of Amberley.
Thursday: Forts and Gardens at Cissbury Ring and Highdown Gardens
The South Downs has too many hillforts to visit all of them, but today we’ll go to Cissbury Ring, the largest in Sussex, which offers commanding views over the local landscape, though it does require a climb to get the benefit of this! For a more intimate and less energetic landscape, we’ll move on to Highdown Gardens, which will provide a colourful and leisurely finale for the holiday. Back at the house, we’ll have have chance to review our best photos from the holiday.
Friday: 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 (electronic copy will be OK if you don’t have a printed one)
- 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 (otherwise the battery runs out just as you see your best ever photo!)
- a spare camera (you never know)
- a small selection of lenses if you have them: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example
- filters: neutral density, graduated, polarising, if you have them
- 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
Discover Sussex and the South Downs
Abingworth Hall is situated amidst gentle rolling farmland at the foot of the South Downs.
The nearest facilities are in the village of Storrington, about two miles away. Here you’ll find a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and a bank.
During your stay at Abingworth Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
The quaint town of Arundel, about 30 minutes' drive away, is dominated by its castle, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk. During your visit you may enjoy a walk in the Castle's extensive grounds, or beside the river Arun. www.arundelcastle.org
Completely restored after an extensive fire, this stately National Trust property has ornate rooms and gardens. Uppark is around 50 minutes' drive from Abingworth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/uppark
The cosmopolitan seaside city of Brighton is about 40 minutes' drive from Abingworth Hall and has an excellent range of specialist shops, entertainment, and its famous beach. You may also enjoy a visit to the Royal Pavilion, built in the early 19th century by George IV. www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk
Amberley Working Museum
Just 15 minutes' drive from Abingworth Hall, this large open-air museum tells the industrial story of the downs, complete with a steam railway, vintage buses and restored quarry machinery. www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Just 10 to 15 minutes' drive away, Elizabethan Parham House is surrounded by an extensive deer park. www.parhaminsussex.co.uk
The historic cathedral city of Chichester, about 45 minutes' drive away, has plenty of interest. Just a couple of miles away is the fascinating Fishbourne Roman Palace, uncovered in 1960, which has many superb mosaics. www.chichestercathedral.org.uk or www.sussexpast.co.uk/fishbourne
A large late 17th century mansion, now run by the National Trust with extensive grounds that were landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown. Around 30 minutes' drive from Abingworth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth-house
Weald & Downland Museum
Located on the Downs, near the village of Singleton, this excellent open-air museum contains many restored buildings that bring the history of Sussex to life. These include a working watermill and a re-creation of a typical downland village. The museum is around 45 minutes' drive from Abingworth. www.wealddown.co.uk
One of Britain’s premier steam railways with an impressive collection of 50 locomotives, representing the Southern Railway and its predecessors. The line runs through rolling countryside from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead, about 40 minutes' drive from Abingworth. www.bluebell-railway.co.uk
Uppark House and Petworth House image ©National Trust Images/John Miller
Travel to Abingworth
Our address is: Abingworth Hall, Storrington Road, Thakeham, West Sussex, RH20 3EF
The nearest railway station is at Pulborough. 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).
The 6 mile journey from Pulborough railway station takes approximately 15 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £14. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Abingworth Hall Manager.
From the north leave the M25 on either the A24 or the M23 and A264 to Horsham. Continue south on the A24 towards Worthing. About 5 miles south of Horsham turn right onto the A272 signposted to Billingshurst and Petersfield. After 3 miles turn onto the B2139 in the village of Coolham. After 3½ miles pass the turning for Thakeham on your left. Abingworth Hall is on the left after the Thakeham turn.
From the south take the M27 and continue on to the A27 and around Chichester. 4 miles before Arundel at Fontwell Park turn left on to the A29. After approx 4 miles at a roundabout, turn onto the A283 to Storrington. Turn right onto the A283 in Storrington. Continue through Storrington and left at the mini-roundabout at the Anchor Inn onto the B2139 towards Thakeham and Coolham. Go straight across at the next roundabout and then take a left at the Rydon Community College roundabout. Abingworth Hall is on the right, 2 miles north of Storrington.
Travelling from overseas
Abingworth is particularly convenient from London Gatwick Airport, which is served by a large range of long-haul and European flights.
From Gatwick Airport station there are trains every 30 minutes to Pulborough - journey time 40 minutes. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. From Pulborough station complete your journey to Abingworth by taxi (see above)
London Heathrow airport is a little further away, so you'll need to travel via the centre of London. Allow 2½ hours to get to Pulborough.
Martin is a professional photographer and an experienced photography teacher and workshop leader, running photography activities at all levels from beginner to postgraduate. He is also a keen walker and enjoys the outdoors.
Martin believes that photography is fun, and that everybody can produce great photos and develop their own style, with practice. Photography with like-minded people is a great way to do this, and his holidays emphasise both the individual’s way of working and being part of a group.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person