Join me on the 27th November for a packed day of photographing my two favourite hills in the Peak District, Chrome and Parkhouse Hill.
Chrome and Parkhouse Hill are in my opinion, the two best looking hills in the Peak District. They rise out of the Upper Dove Valley swiftly and sharply. These limestone reef knolls are defined and are shaped like nothing else in the Peak, perhaps being two of the only true peaks in the Peak District.
As a lover of these hills, I devised a route a few years back which is featured in my book, Peak District Through The Lens. The route is around 5 miles long starting at Hollinsclough and heads up to a limestone pavement and World War 2 bunker on High Edge, then heading past Tor Rock where you get a real appreciation for Chrome Hill before heading up the hill itself. We will walk ‘The Dragon’s Back’, reaching the summit, photographing along the way before heading up Parkhouse Hill to capture the sunset. If we have made good time, we can add High Wheeldon or Hitter Hill on as an annex before Parkhouse Hill. Please note Parkhouse Hill is steep and at times a little exposed.
At 5 miles, this is route is a small hill-walking route and preferably you will have some experience of hill-walking and above average fitness. We will be walking on well trodden paths but there are sections where it is steep and just grass paths and sections where it could be rocky or particularly on Parkhouse Hill, exposed. We will be stopping regularly and will keep the pace comfortable. Difficulty perception varies from person to person. While I view the route as safe and in most peoples limits, please ensure you are suitable before booking.
Upon booking you will be provided with a questionnaire to fill out which is a requirement of attending. I will also provide a recommended kit list and what to bring.
We will meet to do a meet and greet with myself and the other photographers at 10:00 before heading off from Hollinsclough.
We will break for food around 13:00. Please bring a packed lunch. We will discuss what we have done and learnt on the day so far.
This day is slightly shorter than most workshops due to two factors 1) The light will be softer the later we leave 2) A full 8 hours would be too much time and we would reach the sunset destination way too early.
Throughout the day we will look at techniques such as focusing, using a tripod, use of filters vs exposure blending, composition, working with the light and more. This is a photographic walk and as such, we will build techniques throughout the day and the aim is to put what we have learnt into practice for the sunset on Parkhouse Hill.
I am more than happy to discuss other more advanced techniques on 1-2-1 basis as well as to the group, depending on what is beneficial.
The day is tailored around you as much as possible and I strive to give each of you on the course for that day the best day possible. At the end of the day, you will have hopefully learnt new techniques and taken away some imagery you will be proud of. I am a friendly and relaxed tutor and I welcome you to keep in touch with me after the course to ask me any questions you may have looked over on the day. I have also created a Facebook client area where you can keep in touch, share your photos and keep in touch with other attendees from the day.
There will be a maximum group size of 4 meaning there will be plenty of 1-2-1 time. I will be on hand throughout the day for any questions and my focus will be on ensuring you have the best day possible.
Below is an explanation of the difficulty for the workshop. This is largely affected by your own perception and previous experience in this kind of environment. The rating is a rough guide and in context to the type of workshop e.g. a hill-walking workshop moderate is different to a standard day workshop moderate. I have tried to explain more about the day in the description above also.
This workshop is a photographic walk. You will be expected to be of above average fitness and preferably with previous experience in the hills. You are likely to be covering some steep ground over mixed-terrain. Some footpaths may be paved, however please also expect natural trails of a stable surface where you may encounter natural and unavoidable features such as rocks, tree roots, mud etc. We will stick to well used paths and trails where possible however at times these may include grassy paths or very uneven terrain. Once we arrive at our photography location(s) we may be off the main path and as such extra care must be taken with any potential hazards. I will advise if I can see any hazards and if you are unsure, please ask. On these workshops you may be expected to walk around 6 -8 miles in a day.