West Cornwall in Spring
Discover Poldark Country
Thursday 13th - Sunday 16th May 2021
4 days €800
The Duchy of Cornwall, a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean in the far south west of Britain, is the setting for the TV blockbuster series, Poldark. With its rugged cliffs, golden sandy beaches and pretty fishing villages, Cornwall has some of the best coastline in Europe, and the quality of the light here attracted many top artists in the early-twentieth century, giving rise to the famous St Ives School. The Penwith area contains more ancient monuments and sites than any other place in Britain.
This is one of the longest consecutively settled landscapes in the world, where Neolithic megaliths, Bronze Age field systems, Iron Age hill forts and Celtic holy wells are sited cheek by jowl with medieval farmsteads and abandoned tin and copper mines. Cornwall was at the very vanguard of the British Industrial Revolution, producing the majority of its tin and copper, and its iconic engine houses and other industrial buildings now form part of the UNESCO Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
With its mild climate due to the Gulf Stream, spring in Cornwall is delightful, as a dazzling display of wild flowers pepper the cliff tops, moors and valleys. Read our bog Kartennow post a Dre (Postcards from Home): Photographing West Cornwall in Spring for more details.
Sharron is Cornish born and bred, has an intimate knowledge of the landscape and its history, and will guide us to the best locations. Our precise itinerary will be fluid and based on prevailing weather conditions, but we will take in prime locations, some of which have featured in Poldark, such as the Enys Dodnan sea arch at Land’s End; Crowns Engine Houses, Botallack Mine; Wheal Owles; Levant Mine; Lanyon Quoit and the Mên-an-Tol near Morvah; Porth Nanven (the 'dinosuar egg' beach) near St Just; Pednanvounder Beach near Porthcurno; St Michael’s Mount, Marazion; Godrevy Lighthouse, Gwithian; and Towanroath engine house at Wheal Coates near St Agnes.
The tour will include some cliff walking, so a moderate level of fitness is recommended.
The tour is limited to a maximum of four participants to allow for freedom of movement and sufficient space per client at each location. Spouses/partners are welcome to join this tour at the same rate as photographers.
We will be staying in a fully equipped self-catering property.
- 3 nights accommodation
- Transportation for the duration of the tour
- Tuition throughout
What’s not included?
- All flights to and from Newquay
- All food and drinks
- Travel and equipment insurance
What level of photography is required?
Whether you are a beginner looking to improve your photography skills, or an advanced photographer wanting to be taken to prime locations, our tours are open to all. Our only criteria is that you have a great passion for landscape photography, don't mind braving the elements, and have the energy and motivation to 'be on the go' every day and night!
What camera equipment do I need to bring?
- DSLR camera with full manual mode
- Sturdy tripod
- A wide angle lens
- A neutral density filter
- A polarising filter
- Hard and soft graduated filters
- Laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop installed (optional but recommended)
What clothing/footwear do I need to bring?
Cornwall enjoys a mild climate year round due to the Gulf Stream. In late April there are around seven hours of sunshine on average, but westerly weather fronts can sweep in off the Atlantic bringing blustery, unsettled weather. You must be well-equipped for various weather conditions, including mist and rain, so we recommend you bring the following:
- Sturdy walking boots
- Wellies or waders for beach photography
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
Book this tour
The cost is €800 euro per person. A non-refundable deposit of €250 euro is required to secure your place. Stage payments of balance by arrangement.
Cornwall is served by Newquay Airport with direct flights from Dublin and Cork with Aer Lingus, and from Belfast City and many other UK airports. Ryanair and Eurowings fly from several European destinations. Cornwall is served by The Great Western Railway with daily departures from London Paddington. Participants from Cornwall and/or other parts of the UK can rendezvous at Newquay Airport or at our accommodation.
In the event of the tour being cancelled, we will refund deposits in full. However, we will not be liable for any flight costs incurred by you.
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