Spring 2009 UK APUG Weekend - WHERE to go

Discussion in 'UK All Regions' started by Bob F., Oct 29, 2008.

  1. Bob F.

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    Hi Folks.

    So... where to go in the Spring? I couldn't make it to the last autumn meeting so perhaps some people had some ideas of location(s) for next spring while there?

    The last two meetings have been been Northern England and North Wales, which may/may not be worth taking in to account...

    I will start another thread about when to go.
     
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  2. Martin Aislabie

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    OK folks, to save us all diving through the old threads I have pulled the following info together


    We have previously visited:

    Keswick, Lake District
    Wells-next the-Sea, North Norfolk
    Canterbury, Kent
    Avebury
    Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye
    Seahouses, Northumberland
    Hawes, Yorkshire Dales
    Anglesey, N Wales


    The Autumn proposals were :

    Anglesey
    Brecon
    Cornwall
    Cotswolds
    Dartmoor
    Dartmouth
    Dorset
    Exmoor
    Isle of Wight
    Marlborough area
    Oxford
    Peak District
    Pembroke
    Salcombe
    The West
    Wales


    Martin
     
  3. delphine

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    For the location, I am happy going with the majority. I am hoping to have taken my driving license by the time the spring meet comes up.

    I received my theory test books this week ! ... :D

    Dee

    PS: Cotswolds has been selected by the US group planning on visiting the UK in spring next year.
     
  4. Martin Aislabie

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    I would vote for the South-West

    Devon or Cornwall anyone?

    So far the South West has managed to escape the attention of the APUG weekend

    Martin
     
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    How about North Devon?
    Stunning beaches and just a stones throw away from Exmoor.

    Another vote here for the SW somewhere anyway. :smile:
     
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    SW for me

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    I'd probably prefer Devon to the further end, as I know it better. Somewhere central like Totnes offers both cute and quaint (Buckfast and Dartington) with Dartmouth, Brixham, Salcombe nearby and the rest of the coast (Slapton nudist beach anyone?) and of course the great Moor.
     
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    Havent been able to make any get togethers yet cos of long distances involved so the southwest/ Devon and Cornwall would be grerat for me.

    Bill
     
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    Is this meeting available to all APUGers?
     
  10. Bob F.

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    Most definitely! And their friends and family if interested...

    See posts on previous meetings for a taste of what it's about (talking, eating, drinking and snapping mainly - not necessarily in that order :wink: ).
     
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    I vote for the SW too.

    The Cotswolds have been mentioned but if we are looking for photographic locations then I don't think this area is best for a weekend. The countryside is not very accessible. It would need someone who knows the area very well to act as a guide.

    Tony
     
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    SW sounds good to me. Looking forward to the response.
    John
     
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    Happy to go along with the majority!
     
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    Do we have any willing "locals" to act as guides in either Devon or Cornwall?


    Martin
     
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    I know west Cornwall inside out so this would be fine with me. Not photographed in Devon/ east Cornwall though.

    Bill
     
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    I know North Devon very well (lived and photographed there for 30 years) so if you need assistance on locatiobs etc I can help. Now live in West Cornwall and can travel up to Devon or assist here as well. But Bill is a local chap and his Cornish knowledge would be greater than mine.

    Cheers,
    Neil.
    www.mono-inthedark.co.uk
     
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    Well, if it's an open invitation, I'm up for it. The only dates I'm definitely not up for are the weekend of 28 March as (a) my birthday's 26/3 and (b) my missus has bought us tickets to go see 'an evening with Joe Cornish' in Chelmsford (just round the corner from where I live) that weekend.

    Not fussed about venue as I've lived / travelled all over the place in my time and it'd just be great to meet some kindred spirits. SW sounds good, though, as it's a VERY long time since I had a holiday in Devon or Cornwall and the opportunity of some big seas and moorland in springtime sounds tempting. Happy to go with the flow if another venue is chosen, mind you.

    Do you tend to take over a guest house / hotel for the weekend? We booked all the rooms in a hotel in Windermere a few years ago as part of a fell-walking trip. It's incredible the discounts you can get if you pick an 'unpopular' weekend.

    Anyway, I'm more than willing to help with the logistics if help is needed.

    Paul
     
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    I live in east Cornwall and I'm more than willing to show people my neck of the woods if its needed.
    I know its a further drive for alot of folk but my vote would go towards west Cornwall, some really amazing coastline down there. I've just got back from a fortnight in Cuba and if I had to pick a place out of west Cornwall and Cuba to photograph again it would definatly be Cornwall!

    Mike
     
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    Guys, is it time for a vote ?

    Martin
     
  21. Bob F.

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    It looks like it Martin. The options seem to be Cornwall, Cornwall, Cornwall... or Devon... :wink:

    Any additions to:
    * West Cornwall (St Ives?)
    * Mid/East Cornwall (Newquay?)
    * North Devon (???)​

    Locals please feel free to suggest better bases - I don't know the area at all!
     
  22. Stoo Batchelor

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    You wouldn't be kind enough to elaborate more on this comment Mealers? Only, I have always thought that Cuba was 'THE' destination when you have a camera in hand.

    It would be good to hear why this was not the case fron someone who has experienced it.

    Cheers

    Stoo
     
  23. Martin Aislabie

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    Nope – reading back through the thread this is all we suggested :surprised:

    We seem strangely in agreement as to the next meet general location :confused:

    Outer Hebrides anyone ? :D

    Martin
     
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    Exmoor or West Cornwall are good photographic options? Depends how far people want to drive?

    Barry
     
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    The further west you go in Cornwall the narrower the peninsular gets, this gives easy access to both the north coast and south. St Ives would be a good base for this, in fact from here, any part of west cornwall can be reached easily : The Lizard, Godrevy, Penzance, Lands end, Cape Cornwall, Sennen area are all great locations with awesome coastal scenery.

    However, Exmoor/North Devon sounds interesting as I've never been there and would find it hard to choose between the two.

    Bill
     
  26. Martin Aislabie

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    Personally, I found the most westerly bit of Cornwall has the best weather.

    Of course it rains at Lands End/Penzance/St Ives but the weather fronts tend to move through quickly

    When using a LF camera it presents problems - it takes so very long to get the camera set-up that by the time I am ready to shoot - the light has changed - sometimes several times

    It can be quite character building :rolleyes:

    Martin