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.