Photographic Workshops > Peak District in Purple

Tuesday 13th August 2019 - Thursday 15th August 2019

Late summer in the Peak District National Park is a wonderful time to visit when days are long and warm and the heather-clad moorland turns from brown to shades of purple and pink. We will photograph at sunrise and at sunset looking over misty, stone-walled valleys. With our wide-angle lenses we will take in the breathtaking beauty of England's oldest National Park and with our telephotos, pick out distant sections of the landscape and produce stunning close-up abstracts of the colourful heather.

Over the last five years, the Peak District has become one of my favourite locations for landscape photography. Indeed, as a result of those images I took on my first visit, I had an extensive article published in Outdoor Photography magazine and have since held regular workshops in this region.

Our photography will be concentrated in the Dark Peak (north) region where huge gritstone edges, moorland plateaus, streams and tumbling waterfalls predominate.

The following will give you an idea as to the workshop's daily format, though as is always the case with landscape photography the weather dictates what and for how long we photograph at the various locations.  

Tuesday 13th
5.00pm. Meet at Millstone Country Inn for a meal. This is optional and you are welcome to skip this and meet us in the car park from where we will drive to our first location. 
6.30 - 9pm. Photography.

Wednesday 14th
4.30 - 7.30am. Sunrise shoot. Meet at Millstone Country Inn car park.
8.00 - 9.00am. Breakfast.
9.00 - 11am. Rest in your hotel room.
11 - 1pm. Image appraisal at the Millstone Country Inn.
1.30 - 3.30pm. Nearby photography excursion.
4-5pm. Dinner.
6-9pm. Photography till dusk.
Workshop concludes.

Please note
The first 3 that book will
travel with me in my vehicle to the locations. The last person to book (providing they can drive) will drive the other 2 persons. A price reduction of £15 will be made to the person that drives.  


The Millstone Country Inn
The Inn is located on the edge of the village of Hathersage looking up the Hope Valley, the gateway to the beautiful Peak Park. This old coaching inn has been welcoming visitors for centuries and makes an ideal base for exploring the many different attractions the Peak District has to offer.

How To Book

To book a place, simply download and fill out the booking form (see Downloads on the right) and return to Robert either by post or email. Your place will be confirmed upon receipt of both the booking form and deposit.

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"As always Rob knew just the right locations for the light conditions. We photographed sunrises and sunsets from beautiful, peaceful locations. Rob was always on hand to advise and help with both camera techniques and composition. He somehow manages to sense when you need to be left alone and when you are struggling and need help. His afternoon sessions on processing were really helpful and I learned a lot of new Lightroom tricks. The small group size meant that help, advice and a chat was always on hand. My landscape photography skills have really improved thanks to the workshop".
Jill Denis

"I drove up a day early to attend this "Peak District in Purple" workshop with Robert. That gave me an evening to relax, have a preliminary chat with him and enjoy a good fish'n'chips supper. Monday brought rain and as the workshop did not start until the meeting of members at 4pm I decided to revisit MamTor and Peveril Castle, places I had not been to for many years. Luckily, the rain stopped in the late afternoon and shortly after Jill and Andrew had arrived we set off for an evening shoot. The next two days were intense (in my opinion - NOT a complaint!), meeting in the carpark at 5am, shooting sunrise, back in time for breakfast, kip for a coule of hours, meet up to look at the morning's images where Rob performed magic on them (especially mine), meal and then out again returning to the Inn in time for a last drink and then bed. Did I learn? Yes. I learned a lot about the use of filters and composition. I learned that I want to get to grips with Lightroom as Robert made the post-processing look so easy, I learned that my hand holding for close-ups is not as good as I thought. Would I recommend his workshops? Yes, definitely. I'm off to Lapand with him next week"!
Peter Walker

Tuesday 13th August 2019
to Thursday 15th August 2019

Price : £215

Group size : 6
(Places left)


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Cost: £215
Deposit: £75
Group size: 6
Min. group size: 5
Location: Peak District National Park. 
Cost includes: Transport throughout the workshop.
Cost excludes: Accommodation (circa £90pn) and all meals. 
Accommodation: We will all be staying in a comfortable Inn close to the town of Hathersage. Each room is en-suite with Wi-Fi. You will be advised when to book.   
Level of fitness: Moderate. Weather permitting there will be one lengthy (60 minutes) walk to Derwent Edge giving amazing views across a heather-clad moorland, interspersed with rocky outcrops and formations looking down onto Ladybower and Derwent Reservoir. We will take it slow with regular stops.  
Experience level: Beginner upwards. A clear understanding of exposure is necessary.
Equipment needed: The workshop is suitable for those that own any type of camera (except point-and-shoot and mobile phone), with lenses (Bridge cameras aside that have a built-in zoom) ranging from a wide-angle to telephoto zoom. A tripod will be essential for those dawn/dusk shoots and polarising, ND graduated and ND filters will be useful though by no means essential.