Date: 16th - 19th January 2017
White Peak, Dark Peak - Landscape Adventures
Sitting defiantly between the vast conurbations of Manchester and Sheffield is the magnificent Peak District National Park. The very first National Park to be formed, famed for being the site of the ‘mass trespass’ on Kinder Scout. Ramblers, not normally known for being activists wanted to fight for the right to walk across wild country. Their action on the 24th April 1932 led, in part, to the formation of the National Parks and to the Countryside & Rights of Way Act, giving us all rights to walk on access land.
The setting for this drama and for our tour is the wild and beautiful countryside known as the Dark Peak to the north, founded on gritstone and noted for wide moorlands and the famous ‘edges’ which are so photogenic. To the south is the White Peak. This is limestone country and it is this geology that has created a distinct landscape of high ridges and fields enclosed by drystone walls. The people of the Peaks are said to reflect the nature of the stone their land is built on. Perhaps seen as formidable, like the Gritstone at first, but on coming to know them, they are soft and yielding with a wonderful sense of humour akin to the Limestone that glows in the golden light at each end of the day here.
This workshop, led by Doug Chinnery, will aim to immerse us in both the White and Dark Peak landscapes. Based in a hotel in the Peak District, the days will be planned around the light and weather conditions to maximise photographic opportunities. The aim will be to be out before sunrise and to capture the fading light of sunset too. We want to make the very best of our time together.
The locations will be picked each day by Doug based on his intimate knowledge of the area, to make the very best of what the conditions give us. The list of locations we can choose from evoke excitement in any landscape photographer; Burbage Edge, Stanage Edge, Higger Tor, Curbar Edge, Padley Gorge, Bole Hill Quarry, The Roaches, Chrome Hill, Parkhouse HIll, Winnats Pass, Mam Tor and more. This is landscape of the most wild and untamed type and we will try and help you capture the essence of it in the images you make.
January is a wonderful time in the Peaks. The wildness of winter lingers and snow is often present so it is a magical time to shoot. The cloudscapes can provide wonderful texture to your images. It all makes for a great time for us to be working there.
Doug is there not just to guide you to the best locations at the best time of day, but also to provide one to one help tailored to helping you lift your skills to the next level, no matter if you see yourself as a beginner, an intermediate or an experienced photographer. In the evenings and over meals, there will be time for banter and great photographic chat and discussion. What could be better?
This tour promises to be exciting, varied, engaging and fascinating. Doug hopes you can join him.