Visit some of the best of the Peak District in this small area surrounding the village of Castleton



30th October 2021
10:00 – 18:00
4 People Max
No Transport Provided (Unless Social Distancing Allows)
Easy Difficulty ( i )
Winnats Pass Photography Workshop
A hazy sunrise from the top of Winnats Pass with the huge drop below. The Hope Valley swamped in a thick fog hiding all but only the highest of hills.
Meet at Grindleford Station
Start: 10:00
(£40 Deposit)

Join me on the 21st February to photograph some of the best locations in the Peak District all surrounding the beautiful village of Castleton.

There are so many prime locations and with winter light having the potential to be good all day, there will be plenty of opportunities to get good shots all the way to the pinnacle of the day, sunset.

For starters, we have the classic Mam Tor with easy access and stunning views down the Great Ridge with Edale to your left and Castleton to your right. Starting a little later in the day should mean most other photographer’s will have left by this point, meaning we can have more freedom with locations and compositions, only having to mind passing walkers.

Just a stones throw away is Winnats Pass, another classic location with the winding road leading down a deep gorge the views are fantastic and you can see the geology change from darker grit and shale to limestone.

Finally, there is the twin locations of Pindale and Cave Dale, both within walking distance of each other. Pin Dale is a chance to try something different, looking down the Hope Valley with the cement works being the feature of the scene here and is a different angle on it compared to the well shot view from Mam Tor. Head to Cave Dale and you are treated to another limestone dale, this time towered over by the beautiful Peveril Castle.

As you can see this is a day full of fantastic and different locations with opportunities to capture some stunning shots. It is a day that is designed for beginners through to advanced as I will tailor my approach to teaching you on a 1-2-1 basis throughout the day.

We will meet around 09:45 before heading to Mam Tor to photograph the highlights up here from the classic gate shot, flagged paths leading us down the Great Ridge, views of the cement works, the winding road of Mam Nick to Edale and much more.

After that we will head to Winnats Pass to capture the drama of the limestone gorge with the winding road down below.

We will break for lunch around 13:00 and if time allows, look at my own images on a laptop to discuss basic processing techniques within Adobe Lightroom.

Lastly, we will look at shooting both Pindale and Cave Dale.

What if the weather is poor? Don’t worry, unless it’s torrential all day, I have plenty of locations that suit a variety of weather and with my experience, you will still get to the best locations possible and you will still get some great images, for example waterfalls are brilliant for those overcast days. As we are in the UK, we see more grey than we do yellow and I am well adapted to getting us to the best spots if we need to change itinerary. This may even include chasing the light, with my knowledge of how the weather works in certain areas and using forecasts, webcams and other tools on the day to help us make those decisions, which I will share with you. We will spend a lot of time working on technique and composition and most of the day is designed to work up until that hopeful sunset so you have the skills to get the best you can at the end of the day. So even if we don’t get the weather or even that sunset you will have learnt a load of new skills, even if you are a more advanced photographer which you can take away with you and use on your next photographic outing.

The fitness rating on this workshop is listed as easy/moderate. The locations by themselves aren’t too involved and can be done by most with enough time but as we are visiting multiple locations throughout the day, the steps can soon add up.

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.

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.

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.

Whats Included?

  • Technical tuition
  • Advice
  • Transport (If permitted)
  • Introduction to post-processing (subject to COVID restrictions)

I can also provide

  • Tripod
  • Set of filters

What You Need

  • Suitable outdoor clothing (No jeans or trainers)
  • Camera with spare battery(s) and SD card
  • Walking boots
  • Tripod (Can also loan)
  • Camera manual
  • Food & Drink
  • Transport
  • Personal insurance if applicable

Good to have

  • DSLR with a selection of lenses
  • Remote Shutter
  • Filters

Difficulty Description

Below is an explanation of the difficulty for the workshop. It will also largely be dictated by your own perception and also your 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 listed as easy/moderate. Each location on its own is fairly easy with some taking 30 minutes to reach. You may 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. It is unlikely we will be off the beaten track and these paths will be well used and popular. Once we arrive at our photography location 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, while the locations are easy on their own, we will inevitably walk a fair distance over the course of the day and you can expect to walk anywhere between 3 and 6 miles in a day.