Walk in the footsteps of the ramblers who earned our current right to roam by walking 8-miles across the Kinder Plateau

KINDER MASS TRESPASS photographic walk


December 18th 2022
09:00 – 17:00
4 People Max
No Transport – Walk from meeting place
Moderate/Hard Difficulty ( i )
A friend stood up on the edges of Kinder Scout overlooking the reservoir below in particularly perfect wintery conditions.
Meet at Bowden Bridge
Start: 09:00
(£40 Deposit)

Join me on the 18th December to take to Derbyshire’s and the Peak District’s highest point, Kinder Scout on this 8 mile photographic walk. This is the perfect workshop for anyone who wants to expand their portfolio to locations less photographed and are willing to stretch their legs to get there.

In 1932 at least 100 ramblers took to Kinder Scout to protest for the right to roam. Back then access was not a right and they were met at the top of William Clough by gamekeepers for a stand off. In fact some of the protestors were jailed for their protests. However their actions are widely seen to have kick started our current right to roam which was introduced in 2000 with the Countryside Rights of Way Act, allowing us to walk many places we couldn’t previously.

We will be starting at Bowden Bridge near Hayfield and walking up William Clough to photograph some of the waterfalls quickly on the way up. Once up on the edge we will take in the viewpoints along the way including Sandy Heys and Kinder Downfall. If we are lucky the downfall will be blowing back on itself! We will stay out until sunset and if the conditions are good we will hopefully be in a suitable place for the light. This does mean a walk down in the dark so please do remember your head torch. 

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 tripods, 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

I can also provide (group share)

  • Tripod
  • Set of filters

What You Need

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

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 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.