PETER'S WALKS 2019
SATURDAY 16TH MARCH 2019---CHEPSTOW & CHEPSTOW CASTLE
Just over the bridge and hopefully with no bridge tolls and we will meet outside the Tourist Information Centre which is next to the car park nearest to the castle (Pay & Display) at 10.00am. We will find a tea/coffee and then explore the very interesting and large castle (Welsh Heritage). Then lunch for 1.00pm and I suggest the excellent Boat Inn which is just along the riverside and for those with more energy I have a town trail which should take a couple of hours. There are some interesting old buildings and St Mary's Priory church is lovely.
SATURDAY 30TH MARCH 2019---WALK- BURROWBRIDGE & BURROW MUMP
We meet at The King Alfred Inn, Burrowbridge in Somerset for a drink and maybe a snack and then start the walk at 2.00pm.The walk is four and a a half miles and is a fascinating stroll through the Somerset Levels and it is muddy in places and there are a small number of stiles. The only real climb is up Burrow Mump with its ruined church which I suggest leave for late afternoon to get some atmospheric low light shots. Afterwards eat at the pub at 6.00pm and we will have to book. I have roadtested this pub and very good it is too!
SATURDAY 6TH APRIL 2019---BIBURY & COLN ST ALDWYNS WALK
Back again into the Cotswolds for a six and a half mile walk through beautiful scenery and it is not too hilly. We meet at the cafe at The Trout Farm, Bibury at either 10.30am if you want to visit the Trout Farm or 12.30 if you don't. Bibury is a beautiful village but a major tourist honey pot. Arlington Row is a famous photographic subject Ensure you are fed and then do the walk leading to Coln St Aldwyns which itself is a lovely village and then return to finish by 6.00pm. It is worth going back to Coln afterwards to visit the New Inn for a meal and we will have to book. This is an extremely upmarket but superb pub. I know that there are many photo opportunities today-the river with its fish, old buildings and views.
SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2019---PHOTOGRAPHY DAY--MUCHELNEY ABBEY AND KINGSBURY EPISCOPI
Today it is photographing buildings starting off with Muchelney Abbey ( English Heritage), one of the finest ruins in Somerset where we meet at 10.30am. A coffee there and then stay until 12.30pm and then off to Kingsbury Episcopi and the pub, The Wyndham Arms-very good -we will have to book. The village and the superb church are worth exploring and for those who want to do so back to Muchelney to visit the church there and a National Trust property, The Priests House-very small and no photography allowed but charming If the weather is good there may be chance to get good shots over the Somerset Levels.
PETER'S WALKS 2019/2020
WOOLSACK RACES---TETBURY MONDAY 27TH MAY 2019
Mad people racing up and down a one in three hill with a heavy woolsack on their back plus lots of side entertainment including maybe a samba band.
This is a good event to practice your candid and action photography skills. You need to follow the official signs to the car park available for which you will have to pay and we will meet at the entrance to the yellow Market Hall in the middle of the town at 10.30am
.It will be busy and I would suggest a light lunch with a more formal meal if you stay in the evening but there are many takeaway stalls as well. Racing starts at Gumstool Hill at about 1.00pm and we will have to arrive early for the best vantage point.
8TH JUNE 2019---CHURCHES TOUR-MENDIP
We visit six churches all of which will be especially open for us to photograph inside and outside. This needs to be pre-booked and costs £10. We need at least ten people I will book a pub lunch for all of us.
More details will be available in due course from the diocese of Bath & Wells. I will e-mail members then.
17TH JUNE OR MONDAY 24TH JUNE---EASTNOR CASTLE HEREFORDSHIRE
A visit to a large Victorian castle with landscaped grounds including a large lake and wood. Free for Historic Houses Association friends.
Just south of Ledbury this huge castle offers many photographic opportunities as indoor, non-commercial photography has just been allowed for the first time. The rooms are sumptuous and full of fascinating paraphernalia. There is a large lake that you can walk around and a wood to explore. There is a good café for lunch and I know a good pub on the way back for an evening meal. Meet at visitor reception at 11.00am
An alternative date is shown in case of bad weather.
SATURDAY 27TH JULY 2019---THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR BIRDS OF PREY CLIFFORDS MESNE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Photographing birds of prey and seeing flying demonstrations. Bring longer lenses.
This is a very well-known birds of prey centre where you should get some good opportunities for photographing owls, eagles and hawks. Meet at reception at 10.30am.
Have a light lunch there and there are good pubs for the evening near by.
FRIDAY 2ND AUGUST TO SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST 2019---GLOUCESTERSHIRE STEAM & VINTAGE SPECTACULAR SOUTH CERNEY AIRFIELD NR CIRENCESTER
huge vintage show with steam engines and vintage vehicles plus a variety of performances. Candid
I have put this over all three days but Friday will be the main day for us to visit and I will attempt to visit all three days depending on the weather.
Meet at the main entrance at 10.30am. There are many food stalls on site. Have food there and stay late.
SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER TO SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019---DARTMOOR PHOTOGRAPHY WEEK, MORETONHAMPSTEAD
This is our annual main club trip and we will stay at The Old Post House in Moretonhampstead although you can stay elsewhere if you wish. This is a pre-booked trip
The programme is suggested as follows:-
for a river and waterfalls and dense woodlands. Three miles walking on a sometimes uneven riverside path. A pub is close by for beer and cream teas.
. A nearby tourist attraction which you will have to pay to enter with more of the same and an attractive gorge. You can choose walks from easy to challenging. Gift shop and tea rooms on site.
This famous event with Uncle Tom Cobley and all. Park and Ride which covers admission is in operation. A wonderful old fashioned country show with sheep and cows and horse events plus many more . Things to see all day with take-away food opportunities.
Huge 20th Century National Trust Castle which is coming to the end of a massive restoration project. Lovely gardens and indoor photo opportunities plus the historic village of Drewsteignton nearby with has the time capsule pub, the Drewe Arms- no bar, a serving hatch.
Accessible tor and very photogenic. Old tram lines and a disused quarry and many rocks to see. Refreshments at the car park. Three miles walking.
Primeval woodland with moss and twisted tree trunks. Tripods essential. Best for an overcast day. Four miles walking there and back total. Two Bridges Hotel nearby.
Please see Peter if you are interested in coming along.
13TH OCTOBER 2019---LYDIARD PARK SWINDON
Visiting parkland for Autumn colours and an interesting house. Non flash photography in the house. Free for Historic Houses Association friends. Car Park £4 all day. Meet at reception at 11.00am
This lovely area just west of Swindon town centre has been consumed by Swindon's urban expansion in the last few years but still retains a country park feel. The house is worth visiting and the nearby church is spectacular. A café is there and we can visit a very nice pub on the Royal Wootton Bassett road after.-Sally Pussey's Inn.
FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2019---VICTORIA PARK, BATH
Autumn colours and small landscapes in a beautiful park.
Please leave Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th free if the weather is bad. We meet at the café by the children's play area at 10.30am, have a coffee and then explore the park for a couple of hours. Then lunch at a nearby pub, maybe The Hop Pole?
Afterwards back again to explore more of the botanical gardens and park. I suggest the Park & Ride to get here.
SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2019---MELLS, SOMERSET
A beautiful village with an excellent church. Walking about two miles.
We meet at the Post Office Stores and Café at 10.30am and then set off to explore the village until lunch at The Talbot Inn and then more of the village including the church which is superb. Best parking is in the vicinity of the pub opposite the entrance to the Manor.
SATURDAY 4TH JANUARY 2020 . SLIMBRIDGE WILDLIFE AND WETLANDS TRUST,GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Wintering geese and swans and a host of other birds to photograph.
We meet at the entrance (where you pay) at 10.30 and then head off for a tea/coffee and then spend a couple of hours photographing the birds and I suggest lunch there in the excellent café. Parking is in the large visitors car park. Bring long lenses.
SATURDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2020---ROYAL NAVY FLEET AIR ARM MUSEUM YEOVILTON
The largest collection of its type in Europe. Planes and artefacts.
We meet at visitor reception at 10.30am and then for a coffee in The Swordfish Restaurant and lunch later. Spend all day in this fascinating museum.
Parking on site. You will save money on admission by buying your tickets on-line and over 60s get a reduced rate.
SATURDAY 21ST MARCH 2020---TEWKESBURY & TEWKESBURY ABBEY
Very impressive abbey building and lovely old town with many listed buildings.We meet at the entrance to the abbey at 10.30am and decide whether to visit the abbey first ( I suggest this) or to do the town trail. You do have to buy a photographic permit (about £2). There are plenty of places for lunch including a Wetherspoons and ample car parking-allow all day.
SATURDAY 18TH APRIL 2020---NORTON ST PHILIP & IFORD MANOR GARDENS
Lovely village and Grade 1 listed gardens on the Somerset/ Wiltshire border.
Early start today if you want to do the following- Meet at Farleigh Road Farm Shop Café at 10.00am and afterwards head to Norton St Philip to explore the village and church, about two miles of walking, then lunch at The George, one of England's most historic inns. Then a short drive to Iford Manor Gardens which should be full of spring flowers. There are a lot of steps to negotiate even though the gardens are small.
PETER'S WALKS 2020/2021
VINTAGE NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL, STOCKTON
FRIDAY 29TH AND SATURDAY 30TH MAY 2020
This is a very enjoyable event showcasing a variety of vintage vehicles, music, clothes and other memorabilia and is one of the largest of its type in the country. There are countless photo opportunities for yourselves including many outdoor and indoor candid shots. Friday is quieter and cheaper to enter but there is less going on, The event does continue into Sunday but people do start packing up in the afternoon and if the weather is poor on the previous days this is another option if you are free. The showground is off the A36 south of Warminster post code BA12 0SQ vintagenostalgiafestival.co.uk
There are many food opportunities there and you may want to stop off at a pub on the way back home.
THURSDAY 11TH JUNE 2020
We meet at The Cotswold Food Store & Café, Longborough near Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0QZ at 11.00am for a tea/coffee/snack and then walk around this attractive village and its church and then afterwards head for nearby Sezincote which is an Indian Mogul Palace, apparently the only one of its type in Europe and the inspiration for The Royal Pavilion, Brighton. We need to be there just before 2.00pm when the gardens open if you want to go on a house tour. Gardens £5 & House £5. free for HHA Members. The gardens are lovely and the house is incredible. No indoor photography allowed. Then back to Longborough for The Coach & Horses Pub.
THE HAWK CONSERVANCY , WEYHILL, ANDOVER
SATURDAY 25TH JULY 2020
Off to Hampshire for one of the UK's largest birds of prey centres. We will meet there at 11.00am, I suggest at the café and then plan our day. There is also a photographic competition with good prizes, Bring long lenses with maybe extensions but also wider lenses if you can get closer. Afterwards a visit to a local pub should be good.
GREAT DORSET STEAM FAIR
THURSDAY 27TH TO MONDAY 31ST AUGUST 2020
The world's largest steam fair which I have been to a few times and is great for photography. However travelling to and from the event is difficult in terms of traffic and I thought that it would be good to spend a few days at the show without driving all the way to the site near Blandford Forum. The five day ticket for over 60's is currently £66 which whilst not cheap is comparatively good value for money.
How many days do you want to go for? Well, going every day might be a bit too much even considering the 500 acre site but this will depend on the weather and there are some other local attractions to visit.
This advice to you all is just that. I will be there and will book my own accommodation. I will not do that for you but this you a chance to know well in advance. I would be good to see a few of you there.
THURSDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 2020
A visit to the far side of Cardiff to the Grade 1 listed National Trust Dyffryn Gardens. There are 5 acres of gardens plus the house to explore. There is a whole wealth of flowers, plants and house interiors to photograph. Afterwards, I will find a local pub to visit. We meet at the café at the visitor entrance at 10.30am
PATELEY BRIDGE & NIDDERDALE, YORKSHIRE DALES
SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER TO SATURDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2020
This is advance notice to you that I will be organising another week away to this lovely location on the edge of The Yorkshire Dales. I have found a promising B&B in the heart of the town close to pubs and all amenities and if this proves to be good I will use it.
There is a wealth of locations to photograph in the immediate area- Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Gardens which is a World Heritage Site. It is the most beautiful ruined abbey I have seen and in Autumn it should be superb.
Brimham Rocks- amazing rock formations.
Stump Cross Caverns- we have been given permission to use tripods.
How Stean Gorge- a natural wonder. Ramsgill-attractive village. Ripley & Ripley Castle. Ripon & its cathedral. There are also a few reservoirs and many natural features worth visiting and photographing.
Please see Peter if you want to come along.
THURSDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2020
We meet at the entrance to the pier at 10.30 am, have a coffee and walk around the pier and along the seafront and along The Poets Walk leading to the Axe Estuary. There may be time to visit the Hill Road area and go onto the town centre. St Andrews Church on the clifftop may be open and that is worth a visit if it is. There are a good choice of pubs to visit at lunch time including The Little Harp. Lots of photographic opportunities.
THURSDAY 10TH DECEMBER 2020
This is a very interesting large Somerset village near Shepton Mallet with a lovely parish church and lots of old buildings. There is a three mile flat village trail which takes you to some interesting places- an old cemetery, old industrial buildings and much more. We will have lunch at one of the two village pubs. Meet at the entrance to the church at 10.30am.
SATURDAY 9TH JANUARY 2021
One of the largest numbers of Morris Dancers in the UK take over Stroud Town Centre for the day with dances, performances and a lot of colour to celebrate the coming of Spring. It is a free event but you need to get there early to get into one of the car parks. We aim to meet at The Stroud Subscription Rooms at 10.00am Bring a variety of lenses. There are many options for lunch in the town.
THURSDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 2021
A day for coastal photography on The Glamorgan Heritage Coast. We meet at The Beach Café on Coast Road CF61 1RF at 11.00am and depending on the tides decide what to photograph. The town is also very attractive with many old buildings. Tripods might be useful. Pub lunch options nearby.
BROADWAY TOWER & BROADWAY
THURSDAY 18TH MARCH 2021
We meet at The Morris & Brown Café at 11.00am and aim to stay in the area for up to three hours, exploring the country park and for those who want the climb to the top of the tower (admission fee). This is the second highest point in The Cotswolds and the views are superb. Afterwards down the hill to the very pretty Worcestershire village of Broadway which is well worth a visit even though it is a tourist honey-pot. Lots to see there and a good choice of pubs.
THURSDAY 8TH APRIL 2021
We meet at the Red Castle Farm Nurseries Café NP7 8PB at 11.00am for a coffee and a snack and then on to visit the impressive ruins of White Castle, Monmouthshire To make the day more interesting you have the option of a short two and a half mile walk (boots required) visiting the tiny village of Llanvetherine with its old church. I will find a good pub locally for a meal afterwards. The walk should be suitable to anyone with even moderate fitness.