David Noton Photo-Explorer Adventure: Exmoor 2016

Saturday 29th October - Tuesday 1st November 2016

The Course

Join us for a long weekend of photographic indulgence on the first of our new Photo-Explorer Adventures on Exmoor this autumn. The course will comprise a 3-night stay at Edgcott House at Exford, with 3 full days of chasing the light, shoots and scouting as we delve into the full photographic potential of the National Park.

The size of each course will consist of a maximum of 5 photographic guests guided by David Noton. The framework of this course mirrors how David works when on his own photography trips. Dawn and dusk patrols, photo-shoots and location searching will fill the day, interspersed with the inevitable banter and informal interaction. Our guests will receive guidance and tutoring from David in a small group in-the field environment. These Photo Explorer Adventures are orientated to the needs of guests confident in their basic skills and techniques who would like to experience an adventure and indulge their photographic passion whilst chasing the light.

With our four-wheel drive vehicle we will transport you to locations with strong photographic potential when the light is best; at dawn and dusk. The days will be full, starting with a dawn photographic shoot and ending with dinner back at the hotel. Additionally we’ll ask you to bring examples of your own work for the group to discuss and enjoy and to enable us to advise on how best you can continue to develop your photography. Should the weather be unfavourable we’ll have the facility to demonstrate post-production techniques and show images from all over the world.

The Region

The cliffs and hills of Exmoor and the North Devon/Somerset coast in autumn are a blaze of colour. Autumn comes late to Exmoor and early November should be prime time for low slanting light on the russet tinged landscape. We’ll be visiting the Valley of the Rocks, the Hangman, Dunkery Beacon, the Ex valley, Porlock Hill and many other evocative spots in Exmoor National Park. The photographic potential is huge, from the open moorland to lush wooded valleys, the plunging cliffs and sweeping coast.

Your Accommodation

We’ll be staying at the family run Edgcott House in the charming village of Exford at the heart of Exmoor. In the comfortable and welcoming atmosphere of this quaint yet luxurious B&B we will all congregate after our full days to wine and dine. We’ll grab pub lunches as we go, keeping our options flexible to make the most of the light.


We positively encourage partners to come along. Whilst we can’t include non-photographic partners in the photographic excursions due to the fact we don’t have room in the vehicle they are welcome to join us at Edgcott House to enjoy an uplifting weekend on Exmoor. Wendy Noton will be on hand to accompany or assist partners in getting the very best out of the region. We will all dine together and it is a great area for contemplative walks, cycles, horse riding or simply relaxing.

The Cost

Photographic Guest - £1060.00

Non-Photographic Partner - £275.00

What this includes:

  • all the photographic tuition, excursions and activities
  • 3 nights accommodation at Edgcott House
  • breakfast and evening meals
  • all transport whilst on the course

What this doesn’t include:

  • travel to and from Exford
  • drinks from the bar
  • lunches on location
  • insurance


Equipment: Bring whatever gear you use. We only stipulate that you should be familiar with your own equipment. The only requirement is that you bring a tripod. Being November Guests will need to be adequately equipped with outdoor clothing and boots to cope with all the English weather could and probably will throw at us.

Language: All tuition will be in English.

Fitness: Although we will be using our 4x4 vehicles to access remote locations a reasonable level of fitness is required. Typically we may need to walk for 30 minutes over hilly terrain with our equipment to reach some locations.

Arrival Time: We kick off with a Meet and Greet at Edgcott House on the Saturday afternoon (October 29) at 1400. After introductions and a brief chat we’ll then be going out on location for a late afternoon shoot.

Arrival Time: Check in at Edgcott House by 1330hrs. Course commences 1400hrs on Saturday 29 October 2016.

Departure Time: We finish the course at 1100hrs on the Tuesday 1 November 2016.

Payment: We take all major credit cards. A deposit of £500.00 (plus a £150.00 deposit for a non-photographic partner) will be required to secure your booking(s), with the balance due 2 months prior to the commencement of the course.

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