Co-led with Joe Cornish

Mawnan Smith,




24th April – 1st May

How Much


Over six full days of photography, Joe and I will take you to many of our favourite locations in the rugged West of the British Isles.


Here, the high cliffs are punctuated by rocky coves with attractive fishing villages and, occasionally, broader sweeps of pale sand. The geology is endlessly fascinating, from the monochrome rock patterns at Strangles to the contrasting green and purple rocks at Polzeath.

Framed by Mount's Bay and topped with a medieval church and castle, islands with tidal causeways don't get much more spectacular than St. Michael’s Mount. Although renowned as a dawn location, photographers can enjoy it an any time of day when we work around the tidal and weather conditions to find the best angles.


The small rugged cove of Porth Nanven was brought to public prominence by Andrew Nadolski's seminal book, The End of the Land. It is a classic Cornish cove where granite has been sculpted by storms and time into a form of art. Facing due west it would appear to be a perfect sunset location, yet its texture and colour array is so complex that it is actually a superb place to visit when the light is dull and overcast. It therefore provides the perfect location in poor weather.

The entire West Penwith coast has a fascinating human history; once populated by smugglers, dotted with mining remnants and neolithic tombs. But it is the landscape itself that will create the strongest appeal for us, with its immense cliffs, jagged headlands and plunging coves. Bosigran is one of the most spectacular of these. It is also renowned as the site where the 1953 Everest expedition members honed their rock climbing skills before their Himalayan adventures.


There are also signs of faded industry, such as the extensive remains of wheelhouses on the northern coast around Botallack and the always impressive St. Michael’s Mount. Inland, the landscape is one of gently rolling hills, deep wooded valleys and ancient Celtic remains.

What's Included
What's Not
  • All transport during workshop

  • Full board accommodation

  • Photo tuition from David Ward & Joe Cornish

  • Transport to venue

(Free transfer from Falmouth by arrangement)

  • Travel insurance

  • Alcoholic beverages

£2,050 for single occupancy

£350 fee payable at time of booking

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