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Old 27-07-2005, 23:44   #1 (permalink)
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Places to visit and photograph in the UK

This all started when I wanted to take my family out for a drive out somewhere, and also take my camera along with me for some photography opportunity.
When my wife said "Where shall we go" I was stumped for ideas.

We ended up having a lovely walk round Hollinworth Lake nr Rochdale, but I think it would be beneficial if we had some sort of definitive list where people can get some ideas of where to go, should they need some inspiration.

Post your suggestions in here, and I'll copy them, format them in the correct style, and edit them into the top posts in here. I'll be regularly keeping this thread tidy so all information should be on the first page. You can use the convenient in-thread links in the next post to navigate the areas.

I think we would benefit from as much information as possible, so please try to add as much info as you can. I'll start with the first one, and lets take it from there. If you think any more information is required, or you have any ideas, then please don't hesitate to say so.

Also, I've tried to keep the list of areas down, so if I place your suggestion in the wrong area (eg, North West instead of North East), then sorry!
 
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Old 18-01-2006, 22:17   #2 (permalink)
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Old 18-01-2006, 22:19   #3 (permalink)
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Hollingworth Lake | Multimap | Web Site
(Submitted by Marcel)
Where : Littleborough, just outside Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Price : Free
Parking : On site. Pay and display. 50p for up to 2 hours. More if longer. Free parking 6pm-8am.
Food / Drink / Toilets : Visitor Centre with toilets
Photograph opportunities : * Sailing (rowing, dinghys, windsurfing) * Lots of people (busy in the summer months), inc. Families with kids, couples, elderly * Water (obviously) * Nice sunsets over the lake * Birdlife (via a hide). * Woodland (inc nature reserve)

"There is still something here for everyone with excellent lakeside restaurants and pubs, craft shops and entertainments. The one-and-a-half mile walk around the lake is an easy and relaxing stroll; call into the bird hide for to view the wide variety of birdlife in the nature reserve and there are picnic and play areas along the route."


West Kirby Marine Lake | Multimap | Webcam
(Submitted by Dave)
Where : West Kirby, Wirral. Looks out to River Dee (and Wales).
Price : Free
Parking : Free, waterfront.
Food / Drink / Toilets : Morrisons for Food, Tea Factory for decent sit down coffee. Toilets in Morrisons or waterfront.
Photograph opportunities : * Boats, Yachts, Windsurfers, sunsets, marine walkway, Hilbre Island for unique birds, seals, herons etc...



Chatsworth House and Gardens | Multimap | Website
(Submitted by Gary Bagshawe)
Where : Chatsworth, about 15 miles east of Macclesfield
Price : Parks=Free, the rest is dependant on which bit you visit, check website.
Parking : £1.50
Food/Drink/Toilets : Onsite, check website.

"The gardens alone will take a day to explore properly and the photo opportunities are everywhere."



Salford Quays Multimap | Website
(Submitted by Steve)
Where : Just outside Manchester
Price : Free (dependant on what you do there). The Lowry and Imperial War Museum are free to enter and look around.
Parking : Parking in the multi-storey car park is free for an hour and reasonable after that. It is free for the duration of your visit if you buy ANYTHING in the outlet and get your car park ticket run through a machine in the shop
Food / Drink / Toilets : Burger king, Harry Ramsdens et al inside the Lowry Outlet Mall. Various shops dotted around, and a Tesco Express nearby on Trafford Road. Toilets in the Lowry Outlet Mall.[/b]

"Regenerated area of Salford that now contains offices and residential property as well as the Lowry and Imperial War Museum. Many “quays” have been cleaned up and are used for boating, swimming and other water sports. A shopping centre/outlet village for the wife to mooch around, a multiplex cinema and many eating and drinking places for refreshments."



Formby Point and Squirrel Reserve Multimap | Website
(Submitted by Matt)
Where : Formby, Liverpool (Inbetween Liverpool and Southport)
Opening Times : Daily, Dawn til Dusk.
Price : Free
Parking : Onsite, £3.20
Food/Drink/Toilets : Picnic area and WC onsite, also Nearest Public House: The Grapes, Green Lane, Formby.
Photograph opportunities : * Red Squirrels and a large variety of birds. * Sand dunes * Lovely beach and coastline.

"As you enter head to the left of the road for the squirrels. Take plenty of hazel nuts to keep these little chaps interested.
Get there early as it can get busy."




Hebden Bridge and Hardcastle Crags | Multimap | Website
(Submitted by JBHammond)
Where : West Yorkshire
Price : N/A
Parking : Lots (Chargable)
Food/Drink/Toilets : Lots of food and drink/shops etc.

"Hebden Bridge is surrounded by a landscape of steep sided woodland valleys, above which are the open moors of the South Pennines. Of special mention is the village of Heptonstall, again a great place for photography. One mile away is the National Trust owned Hard Castle Crags. Again just like the town, full of good photo opportunities. There is a car park (charged) and a cafe (coming soon!).
Both sites are easily reach by road (15-20 minutes off the M62, or by public transport being on the rail link between Manchester & Leeds."
 
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Old 18-01-2006, 22:21   #4 (permalink)
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Northumberland Coast | Multimap | Website
(Submitted by Adrian)
Where : Northumberland
Price : N/A
Parking : Unknown
Food/Drink/Toilets : Unknown
Photograph opportunities : Coastline, white beaches, harbour villages, castles, the Farne Islands, seals, puffins, bridges, fortifications. Many more.

"From Tynemouth in the south with its magnificent Priory, there are long white beaches, especially Druridge Bay, beautiful harbour villages, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth castles, the Farne Islands, Lindisfarne, seals, seabirds (including puffins), to Berwick, with it's unique bridges and fortifications, the Northumbrian Coast offers any photographer thousands of opportunities."
 
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Old 18-01-2006, 22:22   #6 (permalink)
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Avebury Stone Circle | Multimap | Website
(Submitted by milou)
Where : Avebury, Wiltshire
Price :
Parking : £1, 500yds away.
Food/Drink/Toilets : Picnic Area and nearby "The Circle Restaurant".

"The most important and impressive ancient site in Europe."
 
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Groombridge Place Gardens & Enchanted Forest | Multimap | Web Site
(Submitted by EosD)
Where : Tunbridge Wells, Kent ()
Price : Adults 8.50, Seniors 7.20, Children (7-12yr) 7.00, Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 kids) 29.50
Parking : On site.
Food / Drink / Toilets : Restaurant on site, not sure of toilets. Would assume so.
Photograph opportunities : * Gardens, flora, people (see website for ideas)

"Great for the kids and a raptor display too, events during the summer including a Ferrari and Balloon fair."



Drusillas Park(Zoo) | Multimap | Website
(Submitted by EosD)
Where : East Sussex
Price : 8.00-11.75 per person, dependant on age, and peak/offpeak day. Family tickets etc available. Check website.
Parking : Onsite
Food/Drink/Toilets : Onsite
Photograph opportunities : Its a zoo, so...animals!. Best check the website for exact list, but most 'standard' zoo animals are there, including meerkats, otters, coatis, crocodiles, snakes, mongooses, flamingoes, lemurs and penguins, and many more.

"its a Zoo, has small animals like meerkats, prairie dogs, otters and monkeys, great for kids and us big kids with cameras, the shooting conditions are not perfect, but being tall or taking a box to stand on(picnic box anyone??) will get you just high enough to get some cracking shots."


London | Multimap | Website
(Submitted by Peyre)
Where : South of the Watford Gap
Price : NA
Parking : Good luck
Food/Drink/Toilets : Onsite
Photograph opportunities : People, architecture, greenspace, urban environment, famous landmarks, just about everything.
 
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Portmeiron | Multimap | Web Site
(Submitted by Mike)
Where : Llyn Peninsula in North Wales
Price : NA
Parking : Unknown
Food / Drink / Toilets : Unknown
Photograph opportunities : * Various

"Portmeirion on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales is one of my favourite places to visit - and photograph. I find the history of the Village and it's creator (Sir Clough Williams-Ellis) fascinating"
 
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