The Grand Pier at Weston-super- Mare was reopened in October 2010 following a devastating fire in July 2008. The new, modern pavilion, situated at the far end of the structure, makes a great photographic subject either at sunset or during the hours of twilight when the pier is lit along its entire length.
- How to get there Exit the M5 at junction 21 and follow the A370 through numerous roundabouts to reach the seafront at Weston-super-Mare (four miles). Turn left near the Ferris wheel, and follow the one-way system round to the right and on to Marine Parade. Continue past the entrance to the pier and take the third turning on the right to park in the Sovereign Centre car park. From here it’s only a short walk to the town’s pier.
- What to shoot Different views of the pier, and seascapes.
- Best time of day Sunset is good, ideally on a relatively high, receding tide.
- Nearest food/drink Boardwalk Café, Grand Pier, Marine Parade, Westonsuper-Mare, BS23 1AL, 01934 620238, grandpier.co.uk.
- Nearest accommodationThe Sandringham Hotel, 1-9 Victoria Square, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1AN, 01934 624891, thesandringham.co.uk.
- Other times of year The pier faces west, making it a great sunset location at any time of year.
This part of Bude in Cornwall off a variety of viewpoints. The large, sandy beach is good for capturing abstract patterns and reflections after the tide has gone out, and to the north there is a sea pool, which fills up at high tide. To the south of the beach is Efford Down, which offers spectacular views of the breakwater and coastline, and has a photogenic folly, the Pepper Pot.
- How to get there From the A39 (Atlantic Highway), take the A3073 to Bude. On entering the town, continue straight over the roundabout on Bencoolen Road and take the first right on to Ergue-Gaberic Way. Park in the car park on the left by Bude Canal. Walk along the canal, keeping it to your left, and enter Summerleaze beach from either side of the canal; Barrel Rock and Bude breakwater are directly ahead.
- What to shoot Dramatic sunsets; long exposures of breakwater and sea pool.
- Best time of day Late afternoon/evening.
- Nearest food/drink Life’s a Beach, Summerleaze beach, Bude, EX23 8HN, 01288 355222, lifesabeach.info.
- Nearest accommodation Atlantic House Hotel, 18 Summerleaze Crescent, Bude, EX23 8HJ, 01288 352451, atlantichousehotel.com.
- Other times of year Year round.
Situated in the grounds of Longshaw Estate, Padley Gorge is easy to access and off opportunities. Burbage Brook runs through the gorge ers a variety of photographic
and cascades over gritstone boulders. Its banks are flanked by dense, intriguing woodland and some abandoned millstones.
- How to get there Take the A6187 east out of Hathersage. Follow the road past Surprise View and Burbage Bridge and then turn right on to the B6521, just before the Fox House pub. After approximately half a mile, park on the right-hand side of the road and take the path down to Padley Gorge.
- What to shoot Flowing water, rocks, woodland, gnarled trees and views towards Higger Tor.
- Best time of day Good throughout the day, best after heavy rainfall.
- Nearest food/drink The Fox House, Hathersage Road, Longshaw, Sheffield, S11 7TY, 01433 630374, vintageinn.co.uk/thefoxhouselongshaw.
- Nearest accommodation The Fox House – as above.
- Other times of year The location is well worth a visit in autumn.
Rhossili Bay marks the western tip of the Gower Peninsula in south Wales and is rightly regarded as one of the UK’s premier beaches. Photo opportunities abound, from the small tidal island of Worm’s Head to the wide arc of sandy beach. It is also the resting place of the 19th-century shipwreck Helvetia, whose timbers are exposed at low tide.
- How to get there From Swansea, take the A4118. After approximately 15 miles,
turn right on to the B4247 to Rhossili and park in the National Trust car park. From here, either turn left and walk along the cliff top towards Worm’s Head or walk back up the road and follow the steep path down to the beach.
- What to shoot Telephoto silhouettes of Worm’s Head at sunset; panoramic views of Rhossili Bay beach; the graphic shapes of the Helvetia shipwreck.
- Best time of day Rhossili Bay faces west, so late afternoon and sunset.
- Nearest food/drink The Bay Bistro and Coffee House, Rhossili, Gower, SA3 1PL, 01792 390519, thebaybistro.co.uk.
- Nearest accommodation The Worm’s Head Hotel, Rhossili, Gower, SA3 1PP, 01792 390512, thewormshead.co.uk.
- Other times of year Late summer for heather and gorse on cliff tops; autumn when heather and bracken has turned golden brown; winter for dramatic seas and skies.