Jurassic Coast Photo Tour
An amazing 5-day / 4-night landscape photography tour to explore the picturesque Jurassic Coast!
Dates & Times
1) Wed 22nd – Sun 26th March 2023
Easy – Moderate
£895 (own room – sold out)
£695 (twin share – sold out)
Join us on an amazing 5-day / 4-night Jurassic Coast photography workshop as we explore the iconicand favourite locations of the Dorset coast.
With our small group tour – a max of just 5 participants – we’ll be including world-famous landscapes and iconic Dorset locations of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, plus some infrequently visited gems such as two stunning Beech tree avenues, plus a gorgeous old castle (possibly two) so there’ll be a variety of unique opportunities and stunning locations on offer.
As a bonus – as if the incredible scenery of the Jurassic Coast isn’t enough – the best filter company in the business, Kase filters, is kindly providing multiple sets of their Pro filters so each of our photography workshop participants can get the most out of this amazing tour! (over £3,000 worth – so you have a bonus practical filter photography course on top!) We’ll also be keeping an eye on the cloud cover at night to see if we can do any astrophotography. Since we’re staying so close to the landscape photographer’s favourite location of Durdle Door, we’ll have the opportunity to photograph this amazing natural arch at sunrise, during the day, at sunset, and possibly at night!
Jurassic Coast Tour – Daily Itinerary
Day 1 – Journey to the Jurassic Coast
Our photographic adventure begins!
You and your fellow travellers will be collected by your photo guide from the scheduled meeting point. From there, you’ll begin the journey to the Jurassic Coast. On our drive through Dorset we’ll stop off at Kingston Lacy’s bech tree avenue on our way to West Lulworth, our home on the footsteps of Durdle Door.
We’ll settle in and look to head to the beach for a sunset at our feature Jurassic Coast location, Durdle Door.
Day 2 – Durdle Door and Lulworth Castle
On day two, you’ll rise early as we prepare for the stunning views of Durdle Door, the natural limestone arch that soars out of the sea, as the sun rises behind it.
After we’ve captured the light from our morning session, we’ll head to Lulworth Castle to explore the grounds, and with any luck we’ll find some puddles to practice our reflection shots.
Following lunch, we’ll assess the weather conditions and consider one of our many options for a Dorset sunset.
Day 3 – Corfe Castle and Kimmerage Bay
After breakfast on the third day we may venture to the iconic Corfe Castle, a 1,000+ year old castle that was partially destroyed by Parliamentarians when it was captured by siege in 1647.
In the afternoon we’ll explore Kimmeridge Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic World Heritage Coast. We’ll look for compositions along the rock shelves and pools around the bay as the tide changes, and admire (and maybe walk up to) the four story Clavell Tower high on the cliff over looking Kimmerage bay.
Day 4 – Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, and Portland Bill
Day four sees us returning to Durdle Door for a different viewpoint, along with Man O’War Beach.
After sunrise, we’ll make our way to the unique rock formations of Lulworth Cove, where you’ll explore the bay and take the short climb up to photograph Stair Hole.
Following lunch, we’ll make the journey to Portland Bill, where our photograhy session will include capturing the crashing waves against Pulpit Rock and hopefully a colourful sunset featuring Portland Bill Lighthouse.
Day 5 – Return to London (via Durdle Door and Gold Hill)
Our workshop’s final day! We’ll rise early to photograph Durdle Door one last time, then our tour will say goodbye to the Jurassic Coast and start our journey back to London. During our drive back we’ll plan to stop off at some opportunistic Dorset locations such as Moor Crichel and Gold Hill, and arrive back to London with full memory cards having explored one of the UK’s greatest landscape photography locations.
- Wide angle lens – 16-35mm, 10-24mm, 14-24mm
- Walk around/kit lens – 18-55mm, 24-70mm, 24-105mm
- Longer focal length lens – 70-200mm
- Extra Batteries
- Battery Charger (we have charging facilities on our vehicle)
- Extra memory cards
- ND Filters – optional/recommended for long exposures during the day – we have multiple sets of Kase ND filters available to borrow (please let me know the filter thread size of your lenses prior to the workshop)
- Shutter trigger (wired trigger recommended)
- Full wet weather gear – just in case!
- Wellington Boots can be useful for Kimmerage Bay.
A full packing list will be provided prior to the tour.
Included / Not included
- Professional photo guide & tuition.
- Return transportation from London in our comfortable 8 seat vehicle.
- Cottage accommodation including own room. There may be supplements for premium rooms with ensuites (if available).
- Kase filter kits to borow if required
- Battery charging facilities in vehicle
- Personal & travel insurance
- Food & drink
- Travel to start point or from end point of tour.
- Anything not specified as “Included”
- Professional photo guide & tuition.
This tour involves walking of up to 30 minutes along paths/trails and requires occasional short steep steps or inclines. A person of average fitness level should have little difficulty.
Where we'll meet
Collection point for tour is outside West Acton Station at 10:30am.
West Action Station is on the Ealing Broadway branch of the Central Line. Post code is W3 0DS.
Return journey will have two drop off points. The first is in central London, close to Warren Street, Euston Square, Euston, & Great Portland Street tube stations.
Second drop off point will be West Acton Station.
We expect to return to London Sunday evening.
Thank you so much Dion for another great photo excursion (Dorset photography workshop). Very well thought out though flexible and as usual you were on hand to offer useful tips and helpful advice.
Great to use the Kase filters again too!
UK Photo Tours is owned and operated by professional photographer, Dion Hitchcock.
Dion brings over a decade of expertise in teaching and guiding photography. He is an expat Australian and when not running photography tours, resides in London, UK, running photography workshops or as a locum pharmacist. His extensive travel experiences, spanning over 40 countries, ignited his passion for photography as a means to chronicle his journeys. This passion quickly evolved into a profound interest, leading him to actively participate in various camera clubs, assisting them in conducting workshops. Today, Dion independently operates his own workshops mainly across the UK, and occasionally internationally.
His London-based photography Meetup groups have 7,000+ members and over 500 5-star ratings.
Dion still maintains his registration as a pharmacist professional, dedicating his time to aiding patients and educating pharmacy students. However, he has transitioned his time into the realm of photography, where he assists clients in understanding the craft’s technical and artistic aspects. This shift, though unconventional, aligns with his upbringing; both of his parents were artists who nurtured his appreciation for the world’s inherent beauty. His extensive photography experience, professional background, passion for teaching, and numerous five-star reviews ensures you’ll be in the best of care whilst on tour.
You can reach Dion at email@example.com
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Please note that our tours and workshops are always in high demand and usually sell out. We historically have over 90% occupancy so we strongly advise to book early.
As photographers ourselves, we always do our utmost to ensure each participant has the opportunity to get the best shots possible on every tour. However, we are dependent upon the weather, which is highly unpredictable. Your photo guide will monitor local weather conditions and adjust any proposed itinerary according to conditions and any local weather warnings.
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Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel your booking and the tour is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a £150 service fee. If you cancel and the tour does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of tour:
Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus the £150 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund
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UK Photo Tours cannot be held liable for any loss, damage, accidents, injuries or sickness during your tour. The same applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes, industrial action, viral pandemic, civil disturbance, wars, floods or sickness, or any other force majeure. UK Photo Tours reserves the right to change routes, schedules and itineraries if needed because of weather, road, boat route conditions or should the necessity arise because of unforeseen reasons. We advise all travellers to purchase comprehensive travel insurance to minimize possible losses due to unforeseeable situations during your travel.
We are taking great care to follow the current guidance from the government regarding Covid-19 ( https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus ), along with up-to-date advice from tourism organisations such as VisitEngland.com and VisitScotland.com in order to keep safety a priority.
All of our guides are fully vaccinated and have had booster doses. We encourage participants to be fully vaccinated if clinically able to.
To further reduce risk, we’re continuing with requiring masks to be worn in the vehicle (unless medically expempt). Vents will be open and windows lowered in the vehicle to increase fresh airflow. We provide antiviral hand gel in the vehicle and at any accommodation, along with spare surgical 3-ply face masks for participants if required.
We’ve adopted the tour industry standard of requesting a negative Covid-19 lateral flow test within 72 hours of the start of the tour, and ideally for the result to be logged on the government website. This test can be done at home.
By asking for a negative test we hope you’ll agree it is for everyone’s protection and helps to provide a smooth and safe tour. In the UK, you can obtain free lateral flow tests from either your local pharmacy scanning a QR code, or sent direct to your home through the website https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests , or by calling 119.
We ask or participants to please be vigilant in reducing their exposure risk to Covid-19 in the 10 days leading up to the tour, and remember to test if you have any symptoms and ensure that you have adequate travel insurance in place.