Photography at Longshaw

Shafts of sunlight through trees

It’s hard to imagine a better location for photography than Longshaw, an inspiring place to put your camera through its paces, whether you have a snazzy DSLR or a snappy little point-and-shoot.

Hat Thrower or Cannon Fungus at Longshaw
Tiny alien-like fungi

There are amazing landscapes to capture: the magical moss-covered trees and rocks in the ancient woodland of Padley Gorge and the ever-changing light on Carl Wark and Higger Tor. You could try a long exposure to blur the rushing water of Burbage Brook or the clouds scudding over the gritstone edges on a bright, blustery day.

There’s something new in every season: shafts of sunlight through burnished leaves in Autumn, a dusting of snow on the Peak District scenery in Winter, the lush greens of budburst in Spring, and the purple heather–clad undulations in late Summer, all there for you to capture.

Frosty Padley Gorge
Frosty woods with rushing river


The wildlife here is very special too. A macro lens is ideal for capturing the bugs, wild flowers and fungi. If you have a telephoto, you might be able to photograph some of the birds that visit the Estate, such as Dipper on the brook, Woodpecker and Pied Flycatcher in the woodland and Curlew and Stonechat on the moorland. You may be lucky enough to see and photograph Brown Hare, Red Deer and Badger who make their home here too.

Pied Flycatcher at Longshaw
A pied flycatcher on a twig

The Estate provides a spectacular backdrop for photos of family and friends, whether it’s the kids hunting for those elusive boggarts, or flying a kite, a summer picnic or a snowball fight. If you like to try your hand at action shots, think of runners and cyclists on the trails or those brave souls climbing on the edges and flying along zip wires.

Photography courses at Longshaw

Get some support from the Going Digital team who run group or bespoke one-to-one courses here at Longshaw. They offer a £10 discount for National Trust members using the promotional code GDTRUST when you book.

Wildlife of Longshaw Estate Flikr page

See more great photos of Longshaw here, taken by staff and volunteers, many of whom are involved with surveying and monitoring wildlife at Longshaw.