PETER'S WALKS 2018
Sunday 21st January 2018, Historic Bedminster Walk
Something different today insofar that we will be doing a four mile urban walk meeting outside Bedminster Library on the corner of Regent Road and Bedminster Parade at 10.30.
Bedminster Library, Stillhouse Lane, Windmill Hill City Farm, Victoria Park, Bedminster Railway Station, Green House, St John's Church British Road, Argus Road,The Tobacco Factory, Greenway Bush Lane, Coronation Road & Dean Lane
There are many photographic opportunities here and the aim is to have lunch at The Spotted Cow in North Street.
Saturday 10th February 2018, Bath Walk, Dreaming Of Suberbia, Bear Flats, Oldfield Park & East Twerton,
We meet at Kingston Parade outside The Visitor Information Centre in Bath at 10.00am for a 4 mile pavement and footpath walk which is step free.
We will have lunch on the way and I will find a good location before the date. You will need walking boots.
This is a chance to visit a part of Bath you would not think of visiting and I know Oldfield Park is an interesting area with a variety of shops. We should finish about 3.00pm. Bring a variety of lenses for close up and architectural shots.
Sunday 25th February 2018, Burnette & Compton Dando Walk
Just the other side of Keynsham out towards Marksbury and through very quiet countryside. We meet outside St Michaels Church, Burnett at 10.30am A 4 mile walk which does have some muddy sections and with a visit to the delightful Tucking Mill.
We will have lunch at The Compton Inn at 12.30 pm and we will have to book as this pub is very popular. St Mary's Church, Compton Dando is worth a visit.
Most club members should be able to do this walk. There are gentle ups and downs.
Saturday 10th March 2018 Sherston Walk
A visit to Wiltshire near Malmesbury for a 5 mile gently undulating walk taking in two attractive villages both with interesting churches.
We meet at the entrance to Luckington Church at 10.30am (there is good street car parking within 15 minutes away).The walk comprises
approximately 50/50 country lanes and footpaths with many good photographic opportunities.
I aim to be at The Rattlebone Inn at Sherston for 12.30pm (we will probably have to book) and after lunch continue on this circular walk.
Please let me know if you want to come along.
Sunday 8th April 2018---WALK-HOLT TO GREAT CHARFIELD
We meet at The Field Kitchen restaurant/ cafe at The Glove Factory in the village of Holt situated on the B3107 between Bradford On Avon and Melksham at 10.30am.
There is a large car park where you can leave your car before we embark on a three mile walk leading to Great Charfield Manor and back through fields and meadows.
There will be some mud and a few stiles but overall the walk is flat with attractive Wiltshire countryside to photograph.
Afterwards the plan is to visit The Old Ham Tree pub for lunch at 2.00pm which we will have to book so please let me know in advance if you are coming along. If the weather is good we can decide where to explore after, maybe Staverton and the canal.
Saturday 14th April 2018---PHOTOGRAPHY DAY---THE COURTS GARDENS, HOLT
We meet inside these National Trust gardens at the café at 10.30pm and then spend the morning photographing the flowers and views inside these attractive gardens which surround an attractive house (not open). Parking is available in The Commons opposite the gardens and at The Glove Factory is this is full.
For lunch there is The Turnpike Inn in Holt and I am aim to book this for 1.30pm so again I need to know how many people intend to come along to the pub as well. Afterwards you may wish to return to the gardens. There are short walks around the village which are worth doing and very easy.
This is one of the new specified photography days which you can concentrate on practising one aspect of photography and ask for ad
SATURDAY 12TH MAY 2018---PHOTOGRAPHY DAY---MARLBOROUGH & THE MERCHANTS HOUSE
Today, we shall meet at The Mustard Seed café at Hilliers Yard which is near Waitrose with a large car park at 10.30am. I will then take you on a town walk of Marlborough, a very attractive and historic Wiltshire town with a redundant church which houses a craft centre and an active church plus many old and scenic buildings.
Then we can have a light lunch and look around a little more and then visit The Merchants House for a 3.00pm guided tour. Places for this need to be pre-booked as whilst photography is allowed it would be better if we could get at least ten people from HPS and they do not all have to be members so that we can book an exclusive tour. This may be at a slightly different time and then we should be able to use tripods which we could not easily do if we were part of a general tour. Please note that the metal spikes on the feet of the tripods must be retracted due to the old wooden floors.
Merchants House is a very old attractive building from the Seventeenth Century with wonderful wood panelling and having visited before I know that there are excellent photo opportunities.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY 31ST MARCH IF YOU WANT TO COME ALONG AND PLEASE SUPPORT THIS PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Afterwards we can visit one of the local pubs for an early evening meal- The Lamb is excellent and then we return home.
SATURDAY 26TH MAY 2018---WALK- TWO LAMBOURN VILLAGES-EAST GARSTON AND EASTBURY
For our walk we travel a little further to West Berkshire. This is easy to get to as the start is just off the Hungerford junction of the M4, post code RG17 7ST in the village of Woodlands St Mary at 10.30am. Park carefully, avoiding the disabled parking spaces outside the village social club which is on the left off Ermin Street about 450 yards along after you arrive in the village.
This is a seven mile walk with gentle gradients and great landscape views of the Lambourn Valley and the Downs which you cannot see from a car. Halfway round we stop at The Queens Arms in the very pretty village of East Garston for a light lunch at 1.30pm and then walk through Eastbury, which is extremely photogenic. We then climb up onto the downs heading back to the start walking through attractive woodlands and mud. Afterwards we can drive back to East Garston and The Queens Arms for something more substantial to eat. You can bring sandwiches for lunch if you like. I would definitely have to book the pub which is extremely popular with the horse-racing set. It's superb, though.
This walk has some super views and we will walk slowly allowing time for photography.
SATURDAY 2ND JUNE 2018---PHOTOGRAPHY DAY---CHIPPING CAMPDEN & THE SCUTTLEBROOK WAKE
Another practical photography day this time specialising in a traditional Cotswold event, The Scuttlebrook Wake always held on the first Saturday in June with country dancing, a procession and the crowning of the May Queen. The event which proceeds this is Robert Dover's Olimpick Games on Dover's Hill the Friday evening before and if anyone is interested in going up then as well, please let me know.
We will meet at the famous Market House in the middle of the town which is in the very north of Gloucestershire at 11.00am, then find somewhere for a coffee. You may want to have an early lunch (sandwiches?) because everything is underway by 12.30pm. A large funfair continues to midnight. I can also take you on a short walk around the town to look at the best points of interest. it would be nice to book a table at a local pub for a meal after so please let me know if you want to do this.
Bring long lenses plus wide angles for getting in close. Tripods are probably not suitable unless you want to try architectural photography or church interiors as the church is one of the finest parish churches in Britain.
SATURDAY 9TH JUNE 2018---CHURCHES TOUR- SOUTH EAST SOMERSET
THIS NEEDS TO BE PRE-BOOKED
Another chance to visit six churches, this time in the South East corner of Somerset near Bruton, Wincanton and Castle Cary. This event is being organised by The Diocese of Bath & Wells and needs to be pre-booked. All six churches will be open to explore and with a local warden to explain some of the features. You will have a chance to take indoor photographs. We need ten people at least and not all have to be HPS members. The cost will be approximately £10 per head.
There will be a pub lunch en-route. I am still waiting for exact details and will send an e-mail to all members when I have those details.
SATURDAY 30TH JUNE 2018---PHOTOGRAPHY DAY---WESTBURY COURT GARDENS
Originally laid out between 1696 and 1705, this is the only restored Dutch water garden in the country. This is a National Trust garden across the River Severn in North West Gloucestershire in the village of Westbury-on-Severn and we will meet at 10.30am at the entrance where there are basic tea/coffee facilities with cakes. There will be a chance to photograph flowers and the landscape views so bring a variety of lenses including close-up lenses.
Lunch can be at The Red Lion pub next door at 1.00pm and we will need to book and afterwards we can go back in to the gardens. However there is another fairly short option for after lunch or late afternoon and that is to visit the very attractive church which has a separate bell tower and to do a short one mile stroll around the village (recommended
SATURDAY 7TH JULY 2018---COTSWOLD SHOW
This is a very large event held in the grounds of Cirencester Park and incorporates a food festival so there is no shortage of food options during the day. The entrances are either Deer Park School (GL7 1XB) or Cirencester Park Polo Grounds (GL7 6JT). Don't forget where you have parked as there will be a lot of people attending. On the gate prices are £15. If the weather is bad the event runs on the Sunday as well so that may be an option. This is not a show where farm animals are shown, paraded and judged but is a celebration of country life. There are a huge amount of things to photograph and it is also a good opportunity for candid photography.Longer focal length lenses will be useful.
I would suggest car sharing and spending the whole day there.
SATURDAY 21ST JULY 2018---PHOTOGRAPHY DAY---COTSWOLD FALCONRY CENTRE
For those of you who visited Batsford Arboretum earlier in 2017 the falconry centre is situated at the same location just west of Moreton-In-Marsh. There is a shared car park and we will meet at The Garden Terrace cafe at 10.30am and then be ready to go inside for the first flying display at 11.30am. Genral admission is £10 but with a reduction to £7.50 for concessions (not sure what age those start at). We can have lunch at Batsford.
This is worth an all day visit and bring a variety of lenses to get close ups of the birds and more general aviary shots. A good chance to get some good bird pictures in a super place. I will try to visit again before the due date.
SUNDAY 5TH AUGUST 2018---WILTON HOUSE
Family home of The Earls of Pembroke for hundreds of years and situated just north of Salisbury, this Historic Houses Association property is well worth a visit and regarded as one of the finest in Britain. The single and double cube rooms are amazing. However, no photography is allowed inside. When you purchase your entry ticket you may wish to consider this. The grounds are very attractive including a rare Palladian bridge, one of only a handful in the world.
We will meet at the entrance just before you pay at 11.00am. The plan is to have lunch there as well as the attraction has a very large restaurant.
MONDAY 27TH AUGUST 2018---NEWHOUSE, REDLYNCH & LOVER
We are in the very south east corner of Wiltshire today, bordering onto Hampshire.We meet at The Kings Head, Redlynch at 11.00am to explore the village on foot and also pop into Lover, which used to have a famous post office well-used on Valentines Day. I suggest lunch at this excellent pub (we will have to book) at 12.30pm. Afterwards we can visit the Historic Houses Association property of Newhouse, a stunning Grade 1 listed Jacobean house set in very attractive grounds. There are no gardens as such but you should find plenty to photograph. The owner is very friendly and we can ask when we are there whether we can take indoor photographs. I have been here three times before and this is a rare chance to visit this house on a non-working day as it is only open normally for visitors on weekdays in March.
SUNDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2018---TINTINHULL & TINTINHULL GARDENS
A day out at these very attractive National Trust gardens in South Somerset where there should be a lot to photograph so bring longer and close up lenses as well.
We meet at the entrance at 11.00am and then have a tea/coffee and explore for a couple of hours. There is a good pub in the village called The Crown & Victoria where I would suggest lunch at 1.00pm and we would have to book. Afterwards we can go back to the gardens but I have also found a one mile National Trust easy walk around the village which looks worth doing.
SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018---WALK-OLD WARDOUR CASTLE
There are a few activities included with today's outing. You can choose to miss out some but still take part in other aspects of this day out
11.00am-meet at the café at the village stores at Semley (just off the A350 in South West Wiltshire) for a drink and maybe a snack or buy lunch and visit the church.
1.00pm -meet at the castle and explore this excellent 14th Century castle ( English Heritage) which is in a very remote location and is extremely picturesque and with lots of photo opportunities.
3.00- start the 4 mile walk from the castle which is gently undulating and possibly muddy and passes in front of New Wardour Castle (the largest Georgian building in Wiltshire). This walk is full of interest and photo opportunities. Afterwards, maybe take some more photos of the castle and grounds.
Finally, head back to Semley to the Benetts Arms, a super traditional pub for food at 7.00 and we will have to book.
7TH OCTOBER TO SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2018---DUNGENESS
This is the annual HPS club trip away and this time we are visiting South West Kent on the coast at Dungeness, home to the world's largest shingle bank and a very unusual landscape. At the time of writing five of us are booked in to Castaways B&B at Lydd-on-Sea. There may be more spaces available there or locally for those who may want to come along and join us for a week's photography.
Suggested photo days are:-
Dungeness-a day exploring the beach and unusual buildings, wrecks and seascapes and landscapes.
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway-a long narrow gauge railway along the coast from Dungeness to Hythe. Hythe is an attractive historic seaside town.
RSPB Dungeness-a large bird and wildlife reserve amongst the shingle banks
Rye-a beautiful mediaeval town with many old buildings and a good view from the top of the church tower
Pett Levels- shingle, tides and groynes
Winchelsea- another ancient town
Churches of Romney Marsh including the isolated Fairfield Church
Smallhythe Place-a National Trust property formerly the home of Ellen Terry
Please let Peter know if you want to come along.
SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2018---PHOTOGRAPHY DAY---AUTUMN IN WOODCHESTER PARK
Woodchester Park, near Stonehouse, Gloucestershire is owned by the National Trust and we will walk around the grounds photographing the autumn colours and the lake. Park at the car park on the Nympsfield road 300 yards from the junction with the B4066 where we will meet at 10.00am. Bring tripods and a variety of lenses including wide angles. Also bring tea/coffee. We aim to stay for approximately three hours and then visit The Rose & Crown at Nympsfield for 1.30pm which we will have to book. Afterwards we can explore the village. Please note we are not visiting Woodchester Mansion today but I will organise another outing there.
SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2018---PHOTOGRAPHY DAY---BRIDGWATER CARNIVAL
This is the largest illuminated procession on Europe and looks to be a spectacular event. I have not been to this event before but to the North Petherton Carnival in 2002 which was a HPS outing. Bring monopods and maybe flashguns but the success of your photography may rely on going in close, filling the frame and using the appropriate ISO. It might be worth looking at the internet and camera magazines and books to get assistance.
I would suggest getting there early and make a day of it and then explore Bridgwater which is one of Somerset's larger towns. There will be a lot of events going on in the town during the day. We will arrange a meeting place and time closer to the date. If you are intending to come along just for the evening procession please ensure that you leave enough time to park up and walk in as it will be very, very busy.
SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER 2018---WALK-MINCHINHAMPTON
Today we head up to the Cotswolds near Stroud for a five and a half mile walk at a high level so that there will be few undulations but with excellent views. At the very end there is a half mile steep climb but the going underfoot is good with few stiles.
We meet at the very good The Kitchen, a tea rooms in the main High Street at 10.00am and then set off aiming to reach The Black Horse at Amberley ( a lovely pub with great views) at 12.30pm and we will have to book. Outdoor seating with the view may be an option of the weather is good. Follow signs for the free car park on the common and walk down to the star
Minchinhampton itself is a very attractive town with a lot to photograph and the common itself is photogenic. The church is normally open and very impressive.
SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2018---PHOTOGRAPHY DAY---BURNHAM-ON-SEA
Today is a chance to do some coastal scenery photos-the beach, the beach lighthouse and the pier plus the church and the seaside terraced houses near the seafront.
We meet at the entrance to the pier at 10.30am and then have a tea/coffee. The main interest of Burnham is on the sea front although the main shopping street is just a short distance away running parallel. Dress warm as it might be very cold. Bring tripods, polarising and ND filters and a variety of lenses. You can aim for classic views or maybe quirky seaside images.
For lunch we will find a local pub, The Wetherspoon's Reed Arms and a couple of others are nearby.
SATURDAY 29TH DECEMBER 2018---WALK- KEYNSHAM TO THE AVON VALLEY RAILWAY
A very local walk of three and a half miles starting at the entrance to the car park opposite The Lock Keeper pub (free) or on the road leading up to the pub at 9.30am. We then head across fields to the Avon Valley Railway and return (floods permitting) along the riverbank back to the start. A level walk with only a couple of stiles. It will be very muddy. Café Crème on the High Street may be an option for a coffee.
I aim to book a table for us at 1.30pm at The Lock Keeper Pub which should be fine for us-a good reasonably priced pub.
PETER'S WALKS 2019
SATURDAY 5TH JANUARY 2019---STREET
Meet outside The Shoe Museum, next to the old factory and not far from the shopping village at 10.30am.There is little option for free parking but some side streets are free for parking if you can walk up to twenty minutes or so.
We then set off for a three and a half mile pavement walk around this very interesting village which grew up because of shoe production. Street is one of the largest villages in the UK. We will see factory housing and other planned building in this rare example of a town or village built to service the local factory- cf New Lanark, Saltaire or Port Sunlight. Don't be put off-this is a very interesting and easy walk and we will take it steady. Street is not all about discount shops.
There are not too many good pub options although The Bear is good and very popular and I aim to get there for 1.00pm-it might be worth booking.
SATURDAY 26TH JANUARY 2019---WALK- BECKINGTON & LULLINGTON
Down to a lovely area near Frome and just off the A36 (which used to go through the centre of the village) and we meet at Mes Amis Cafe at 10.30am which is opposite the village garage. This place is a real gem and you may be tempted by the cakes as I was. The walk is about three miles and has an incredible 24 stiles but the going, whilst muddy is not steep. Prepare to see a large number of pheasants. Lullington church is normally locked but the village is so pretty and Beckington is a large very attractive village with some photogenic buildings plus the church which is normally unlocked.
I aim to book a table at The Woolpack in Beckington at the end of the walk which is a pub/hotel with good reasonably priced food for 2.30pm-they serve food all day.
SATURDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 2019---WALK-HANHAM TO TROOPER'S HILL AND CONHAM VALE
A very local walk starting at Browne's Café in Hanham High Street where we meet at 10.00am and then set off for a five mile walk along Dundridge Lane and through the playing fields with a climb up to the chimney at Trooper's Hill where you see some great views over Bristol. Then down to the River Avon where we walk along the Avon Riverside Path until Conham and then walk up the valley back to Hanham High Street. Find some safe street parking as the Laburnum Road car park is only up to two hours.
There are lots to see along this very interesting walk. For a change we might have lunch at The Queen's Head, Hanham after the walk.
SUNDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 20190---EAST LAMBROOK MANOR GARDENS
These famous gardens created by Margery Fish are well worth a visit in early spring for the variety of snowdrops they have and whilst the gardens are small they are very interesting. The gardens are Grade 1 listed. Bring close up lenses. Meet at The Malthouse Café at 11.00am and after a couple of hours there we aim to visit The Rose & Crown pub on the village for 1.00pm and we will have to book. Afterwards another visit to the gardens or a walk around this very attractive village.
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.