Winter Photo Walk Locations

Winter then in its early and clear stages, was a purifying engine that ran unhindered over city and country, alerting the stars to sparkle violently and shower their silver light into the arms of bare upreaching trees.’ Mark Helprin 

Put on your hat and scarf and keep active and creative over the winter season with Cotswold Photo Walks.  The winter season provides lots of great photographic opportunities of its own; our photo walk which teaches ‘Winter Landscape Fundamentals’ will help you capture this special season confidently.  We also visit the beautiful Pittville Park in Cheltenham as well as the classic Cotswold villages such as Lower Slaughter and Bourton On The Water and then perhaps drop by a classic Cotswold pub and warm up by a roaring fire.

Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Use the unique contours of the ships hulls to practice using leading lines
  • Work up close – the rust, the weather- beaten wood, the moss are all great subjects to test your macro photography skills
  • Use the unique textures and tones available at the Graveyard to create an interesting abstract
On this walk you will learn
  • When to apply a large or shallow depth of field to the creative process
  • How to improving your focussing technique with close up shots
  • To apply the rule of thirds (using the sky, horizon, land) to your composition
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: Car Park opposite St John Church, Riddle Street, Purton
  • Postcode: GL13 9HS
  • Grid REF: SO 69216 04184
  • Parking: Car Park opposite St John Church
  • Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful
  • Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), old clothes/walking boots/wellies
  • Terrain: Muddy footpaths and grass
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Look up, Look down – hone your camera skills on tall trees, skies, lake reflections, fallen leaves, fungi and of course the mansion
  • Bring on the colours – how many can you capture in one picture?
  • Autumn Abstract – get camera savvy with the detail, shape and texture of the micro landscape
On this walk you will learn
  • How ­­to keep your compositions simple with strong, leading lines to guide the eye
  • to use colour and texture to add impact to your pictures
  • to experiment with shutter speed, depth of field and ISO as part of the creative process
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: outside Woodchester Mansion, Woodchester Trust, Nympsfield, Gloucestershire
  • Postcode: GL10 3TS
  • Grid REF: SO 79528 01420
  • Parking: Ample parking in the National Trust Car Park (please allow 10 minutes to walk to the mansion)
  • Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge required
  • Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), old clothes/walking boots/wellies
  • Terrain: Hilly woodland. Muddy footpaths.
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Shoot the quintessential country landscape picture
  • Work with Water – get inspired with river reflections and waterfalls using a tripod, slow shutter speeds and your creative eye
  • Get to know your trees – improve your compositional techniques by using Pittville Park’s gorgeous trees to ‘frame’ your images
On this walk you will learn
  • How to work with slow shutter speeds to create silky smooth water
  • To compose impressive, large scale landscape images
  • When to apply the rule of thirds to your photography and when to break it!
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: Pitville Park Car Park, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham
  • Postcode: GL52 3JE
  • Grid REF: SO 95464 23777
  • Parking: Pitville Park Car Park (150 Spaces)
  • Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful
  • Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), walking boots/wellies
  • Terrain: Flat footpaths and grass.
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Create a dynamic Tower image incorporating the surrounding landscape
  • Use the trees creatively to frame your subject
  • Slow down the sky – using a tripod and a slow shutter speed, make the sky a feature in your Tower images
On this walk you will learn
  • To explore form to make images appear three dimensional – light, texture, angles, depth
  • How perspective can be introduced in to the creative process
  • To experiment with shutter speed, depth of field and ISO as part of the creative process
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: outside the Broadway Tower Café, Middle Hill, Broadway
  • Postcode: WR12 7LB
  • Grid REF: SP 11380 36211
  • Parking: Ample free parking in the Broadway Tower car park
  • Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful
  • Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), old clothes/walking boots/wellies
  • Terrain: Muddy footpaths. Grassy slopes
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Look up, Look down – hone your camera skills on tall trees, skies, fallen leaves, fungi and of course the mansion
  • Bring on the colours – how many can you capture in one picture?
  • Autumn Abstract – get camera savvy with the detail, shape and texture of the micro landscape
On this walk you will learn
  • How ­­to keep your compositions simple with strong, leading lines to guide the eye
  • to use colour and texture to add impact to your pictures
  • to experiment with shutter speed, depth of field and ISO as part of the creative process
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: outside Westonbirt Arboretum main visitor entrance
  • Postcode: GL8 8QS
  • Grid REF: ST 85313 89640
  • Parking: Westonbirt Arboretum Car Park
  • Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful
  • Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), walking boots/wellies
  • Terrain: Muddy footpaths. Grass and woodland
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Capture the essence of what is described as ‘the prettiest village in England’
  • Get down with the detail – medieval doors, the market square pump, the churchyard…
  • Shoot high, shoot low – experiment with angles and perspective
On this walk you will learn
  • To perfectly compose an iconic Cotswold village scene
  • To work ‘close up’/use macro camera settings
  • To shoot from different camera angles to add interest to your pictures
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: The Market Cross (next to The Castle Inn Hotel)
  • Postcode: SN14 7HN
  • Grid REF: ST 84199 77195
  • Parking: Dunns Lane Car Park, SN14 7HH (a 5 minute walk down to the village)
  • Skill Level: Beginner/intermediate
  • Essentials:  Camera, comfortable footwear
  • Terrain: Flat footpaths and grass
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Play with light and movement – slowing down the shutter speed for creative effect
  • Making the ordinary interesting – exploring different ways of shooting the urban landscape
  • Shooting Bricks and Water – Victorian warehouses, water reflections…
On this walk you will learn
  • How to get creative, sharp images in low light situations using a tripod
  • to capture abstract imagery using tone and texture
  • to get off Auto mode and take control of your creativity
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: Main entrance, Southgate Moorings Car Park, Southgate Street
  • Postcode: GL1 2DB
  • Grid REF: SO 82888 18244
  • Parking: Southgate Moorings Car Park. Others Available
  • Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful
  • Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), tripod, torch, comfortable footwear
  • Terrain: Flat footpaths and cobbles
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Capture the shape & form of the famous churchyard yew trees
  • Compose interesting, close up detail images from around the village
  • Shoot the classic postcard picture!
On this walk you will learn
  • Composition fundamentals
  • Camera settings – Best Practice
  • To experiment with depth of field
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: Outside The Falcon Pub, New Street
  • Postcode: GL6 6UN
  • Grid REF: SO 86594 09690
  • Parking: Stamage’s Lane Car Park, GL6 6UU (62 Spaces). Various lanes nearby but get there early.
  • Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful
  • Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), comfortable footwear
  • Terrain: Flat footpaths and grass
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here