The Northumberland coast is photogenic — with mile upon mile of long sandy beaches and big skies, its broad vistas and moody, changeable cloud formations are pleasing to the eye … and the photographer’s lens! This tour will be led by award-winning photographer Robert Harvey, an expert in landscape and wildlife photography. We’ll make daily excursions from our comfortable hotel base in search of the region’s wildlife, landscapes and castles. Our visits to the Farne Islands will provide excellent opportunities to photograph a tantalising array of seabirds at close range, from exquisite Arctic Terns to the ever-photogenic Puffins. Back on the mainland, our time will be spent photographing some of the county’s iconic castles, including Bamburgh, making the best use of light and tides to capture atmospheric images.
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Présente le mardi et vendredi toute la journée
Mon 6th Jul - Fri 10th Jul - 1038€
Accommodation: A comfortable hotel; all rooms are en-suite
Food: Breakfast & dinner are included in the price; lunches are not.
What's not Included?
* These tours are operated by Naturetrek (ABTA Y6206) for which Nature et Terroir acts as agent.
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Please note that the itinerary below offers our planned programme of excursions. However, adverse weather & other local considerations can necessitate some re-ordering of the programme during the course of the tour, though this will always be done to maximise best use of the time and weather conditions available. In particular, boat trips to the Farne Islands cannot operate if the weather and sea conditions are deemed unsuitable for sailing. If the forecast suggests that this may be the case, we will re-order the itinerary to maximise our chances of visiting Inner Farne and Staple Island, and landing on both islands.
Meet Newcastle, transfer Bamburgh
We meet in Newcastle in the early afternoon before transferring to the Victoria Hotel in Bamburgh, where we will be based for the duration of this short break. We will start with an introductory presentation on the Northumberland coast, and our expert photographer-leader will offer some advice on techniques for seabird photography that are sure to come in handy over the next few days. Then, after an early dinner, we will spend the evening on the coast around Bamburgh enjoying some coastal landscape photography. The evenings are long at this time of year in Northumberland, and we plan to use them to the full over the next 3 days.
Today we plan to spend a full day on Lindisfarne (Holy Island). We will arrive on the island before it is cut off from the mainland by the rising tide, and stay until just before sunset when the causeway will open again. During the day we will explore the castle, ruined abbey and the tremendous photographic potential around the harbour. This is an active fishing harbour and the likes of the highly distinctive fishing sheds made from upturned boat hulls offer the possibility of making many interesting images.
We will also explore the sand dunes on the north and west coast of the island, which are a National Nature Reserve. Eleven species of orchids flower in the dunes, and in early summer the purple Northern Marsh Orchid flourishes along with the pink Early Marsh Orchid and Marsh Helleborine.
Finally, when the tide once again retreats, we return to the mainland and our hotel for the evening where we will review today’s images and discuss our photographic techniques.
Days 3 – 4
For each of the next two days we will enjoy full-day visits to the Farne Islands by boat, allowing us close views of the spectacular seabird cliffs from the sea, along with basking Grey Seals.
Each day we will spend two hours on each of Staple Island and Inner Farne, where we will enjoy excellent photographic opportunities of Puffin, Razorbill, Guillemot, Kittiwake, Shag and Arctic Tern. Several of these species are highly confiding and we can expect to enjoy some close encounters. We will practice flight shots of Puffins bringing Sandeels to their young and Arctic Terns defending their nests. Puffins fly very quickly and require practice to track them with a telephoto lens and lock on focus. Arctic Terns, meanwhile, will approach us so closely that wide angle lenses will be the equipment of choice to capture images of them in flight.
Left: Grey Seal. Right: Arctic Tern (both by Robert Harvey)
Returning from the Farnes in the late afternoon, we will have an early evening meal and then end each day with landscape photography at one of Northumberland’s iconic coastal castles.
Dunstanburgh Castle is situated on a lonely crag, a mile from the nearest road, and we plan to photograph it during the late afternoon and early evening making use of the best light and rocks exposed by the tide to create interesting foregrounds. Bamburgh Castle occupies a commanding position on the edge of Bamburgh village and is best photographed from the rocky coast to its north-west.
St Mary's Lighthouse; transfer Newcastle
After breakfast, we will travel south to St Mary’s lighthouse, situated on another tidal island. Reached between the tides via a short causeway, St. Mary's has all the fascination of a miniature, part-time island. The surrounding Nature Reserve contains an area of rock pools, cliff-top grassland, a beach and newly created wetland habitats which provide good foregrounds for landscape images using the lighthouse as a focal point. We plan to photograph from the mainland as the tide covers the causeway. Finally, after lunch today, we make our way back to Newcastle where we will go our separate ways.