Bolton Abbey Estate Photography Course

Location: Bolton Abbey Estate – Waterfall WalkYorkshire Dales
00.00 – Day Workshop – (10am until 2.30pm)

Exertion Level: Easy – Moderate (uneven sometimes wet/muddy terrain)


Available dates: New Dates Coming Soon

This is a stunning little walk in a very beautiful area of the Yorkshire Dales. Whether you are a total novice and only ever shoot in auto mode or you have some experience and want to expand on your kit and composition skills, we will help you get the most out of your camera. During the day you will spend time in this stunning location as we meander through the woodland from the Cavendish Pavilion to The Valley of Desolation Waterfall, taking advantage of the woodland scenery along the way.

With a maximum of only 5 students, this course is a lovely and gentle way of getting great tuition and meeting new people with your shared interests.

This is a wonderful location in terms of options for multiple compositions. A brilliant little course, great for scenic woodland shots and a good amount of wildlife. As with all of our courses we will teach you how to spot an interesting shot and how to look for leading lines in your composition and also how to use the available light and discussing good depth of field. The instructors do have some filters which you are welcome to use and share amongst. We will show you how to use the filters systems such as Lee filters ND filters and polarisers.

This course is based around a beautiful woodland and a stunning waterfall and has lots to offer in terms of expanding on your camera skills. Bolton Abbey Estate is a lovely place to explore photographically and the surrounding scenery is just beautiful. Fill your lungs with the fabulous country air and get the shots that stir your soul.

There will be some incline walking involved during the course but we won’t wander much from the beaten track. Photographic interests on this course are in abundance and you will come away with not only the knowledge but such a variety of shots to take home with you and be proud of your new skill set.

We aim to have you working in ‘manual mode’ for most of the course. The Bolton Abbey Estate photography course is ideal for total beginners.

Once we are back at the Pavilion Cafe the course will be finished but the instructors will decide if they want to stay to photograph around the Bolton Abbey estate themselves (more than likely) and you are more than welcome to join in with them and tag along. No extra charge for this.

Schedule of course

  • Midday photographic walk
  • Refreshments in the ‘Cavendish Pavilion‘ following the course (Not included in the price)
  • Extra: Afternoon photographic walk determined by the weather – no charge.
  • Please note: There is ample car parking at this location, Cost £10.

Photographic Equipment
Essential requirements:
– Camera and Lenses
– Memory Card/s. You should bring at least a 32GB card
– Camera manual
– Full battery plus at least 1 spare
– Tripod

Optional items (not necessary but may prove beneficial)
– Remote shutter release (usually a cable but smart phones can sometimes pair with certain cameras)
– Filters: e.g. Polarising / Neutral Density / Graduated Neutral Density
– Monopod – not required if you bring your tripod
Any other accessories
(If you would like some advice on any equipment, clothing or accessories please do not hesitate to just ask and we will help as much as possible. We can assist with some of these if required and we do carry spare kit and extra tripods etc. We can also arrange a rental service whereas all the gear will be ready for you to use on the day, all you will need is a memory card to take your amazing images home with you.
– Packed lunch – we can provide a cool bag lunch and drinks for the day (extra cost)

Other Clothing / Equipment
Clothing / Footwear / Protection
– Waterproof Jacket and Trousers. These should be Goretex or equivalent material.
– Windproof jacket for dry but windy conditions
– Fleece top & Jacket
– Walking Boots / socks and at least one other pair of footwear. Wellies are very useful for this course.
– A change of footwear other than your walking boots.
– Head protection: One or both of fleece or waterproof hat which protects ears
– Gloves. Waterproof and / or ‘Windblock’ Fleece pair. Fingerless gloves are also useful for
accessing dials.
– Golf umbrella made from carbon fibre. Wind resistant / storm proof ones are best for the landscape photographer. This is particularly handy for shooting in a changeable climate.

Other items:
– Mobile Phone. We will need your mobile phone number in advance
– Flask for hot drinks
– Walking stick to help on unsteady ground if you wish

Not included in the course:
– Insurance for your equipment
– Food and drinks unless pre-arranged at an additional cost

– We will be stopping for refreshments at the Pavilion cafe. Outside seating for pack lunch’s is also on site.

Cancellation or bad weather:
– If we need to cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances or bad weather then another date will be offered in replacement for the original date. Alternatively a full refund will be offered.