Light & Land
Corfe Castle and Isle of Purbeck Hideaways photography workshop
02nd Nov, 2018 - AVAILABLE
Tutored by Andy Farrer and
£185.00 PP / Deposit -£185.00 PP
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The Isle of Purbeck can certainly stake a claim to a good number of Dorset’s famous landmarks within its comparatively small corner of the county. As a born and bred Purbeckian, Andy Farrer is your ideal guide for a day of contrasts, photographing the iconic Corfe Castle in the morning and then exploring some of the more overlooked hidden gems the area has to offer.Read More
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The Isle of Purbeck can certainly stake a claim to a good number of Dorset’s famous landmarks within its comparatively small corner of the county. As a born and bred Purbeckian, Andy Farrer is your ideal guide for a day of contrasts, photographing the iconic Corfe Castle in the morning and then exploring some of the more overlooked hidden gems the area has to offer.
The Isle of Purbeck isn’t an island, as you might expect, but a peninsular bordered by water on three sides (The English Channel, Poole Harbour and the River Frome) with heathland on the other. The Eastern end of The Jurassic Coast begins at Old Harry Rocks. The geology is rather complex, with steep chalk cliffs, ball clay, hard Purbeck Stone and limestone. The area has a rich quarrying heritage with much of London being built with stone shipped from the quarries which are still busy today. Interestingly, the tower seen from Swanage Pier (The Wellington Tower) was brought back to Swanage from London as ballast and then re-erected when it became a hindrance on the Southern side of London Bridge when motorised vehicles became commonplace.
Autumn on The Isle of Purbeck is a magical time of year. The hustle and bustle of the tourist season has faded and the frequent misty mornings make the early starts bearable. While we can’t promise a misty start, it’s certainly a favourable time of year, with some warmth still on the ground and the cooler nights being two of the key ingredients! Seeing the Castle at Corfe emerging from a layer of mist has to be one of the most exciting experiences for photographers and dog walkers alike. It’s easy to picture how truly imposing this must have looked in time gone by.
Following our Isle of Purbeck showstopper, we will head to several lesser known locations, such as Hartland Moor, Arne, Middlebere or Agglestone Rock. The itinerary will be kept fairly loose so Andy can guide you to some of the best Autumn colour depending which places are at their best. Andy will do plenty of scouting during the run up to the day, to make sure you get the pick of the crop.
Andy will meet the group at 10.00am in the car park at Corfe Castle, the workshop will end at 5.00pm.