Light & Land

The Peak District

05th - 09th Sep, 2018 - 2 PLACES REMAINING

£1999.00 PP / Deposit -£300.00 PP

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Situated close to the geographic centre of England, the Peak District was the UK’s first National Park. It is surrounded by the great conurbations of the north, yet in spite of this and the 10 million plus who visit each year, it retains a wild and rugged character. There are two geologically distinct regions of the Peak, where limestone dominates in the south (White Peak) and gritstone in the north (Dark Peak). For the photographer both offer abundant pleasures and potential.

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  • Tour Code PEA14
  • Included
    • Bed and Breakfast accommodation
    • Transport during the tour
    • Tuition from Joe Cornish
  • Excluded
    • Meals not mentioned
    • Travel to hotel
    • Insurance
  • Duration 4 Night Tours
  • Exertion Strenuous
  • Tutored By
  • Leading Lights
The Peak District

Situated close to the geographic centre of England, the Peak District was the UK’s first National Park. It is surrounded by the great conurbations of the north, yet in spite of this and the 10 million plus who visit each year, it retains a wild and rugged character. There are two geologically distinct regions of the Peak, where limestone dominates in the south (White Peak) and gritstone in the north (Dark Peak). For the photographer both offer abundant pleasures and potential.

In the south-west segment of the Peak is the Staffordshire Moorlands. The highlight of these is that remarkably rugged hillside, the Roaches which, along with adjacent Hen Cloud and Ramshaw Rocks is the main focus of our Peak District workshop. It is both accessible yet also quite physically-challenging, so some degree of agility and a willingness to walk uphill is essential! Its various cliff faces and textures, and the alignment of the main ridges give spectacular vistas at dawn and dusk. And there is interesting woodland on the lower slopes including one which hides the remarkable defile of Lud’s Church, a chasm that is part of Arthurian legend.

Depending on the weather there may be time to roam further afield, probably to the Dark Peak, where Kinder Scout looms over complex valley systems with charming villages. Here the Peak’s famous gritstone edges offer training faces galore for rock climbers, and compositional challenges for photographers. Wooded Padley Gorge is a favourite haunt for image-makers. Bolehill quarry seems to have been forgotten by time, and silver birch woodland now graces the space once worked by hundreds of labourers. At this time of year heather blooms across the open moorland, lighting up the open moor with rare mauve and purple.

We are based on the edge of Leek, and the Roaches is visible from our hotel, just five minutes drive, ideally sited for us to take advantage of whatever conditions prevail. Limited to six participants, the group will be led by Joe Cornish whose experience working in the northern English moorlands extends for well over thirty years. Joe is also an experienced printer who loves to share his views and experience of post-production. He will encourage participants to bring prints for feedback and critical appraisal and loves to champion the art of the fine print.

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