A course designed to get the most out of the spectacular Pembrokeshire landscape and natural history. We hope to visit a number of different locations shooting not only fantastic landscapes but also plant life and animal life. Prior photographic knowledge is useful to get the most out of the course but advice and guidance will be given along the way.

Each day we will head to different locations for short walks and of course lots of photography. Weather permitting; one day will be spent in mid- Pembrokeshire enjoying the Marloes Peninsula and Wooltack Point (overlooking Skomer Island). On
another we can visit St. David’s city and a nearby headland for a mixture of architecture and prehistory, rock formations and coastal scenery. We may spend some time on Newgale beach if time and conditions allow. Another day can be spent exploring Pembrokeshire’s Preseli Hills and famous Gwaun valley or we may choose to go south to the limestone scenery. Please note the program will be flexible to meet participant’s needs and to suit the prevailing weather conditions.

In the evenings we can relax in the Centre with the options to have talks on photography and the natural history of the Park or participants may wish to spend time processing their images. There are some laptops in the Centre with basic image editing software on them but you may wish to bring your own equipment with your preferred image-processing package.

All images taken by John Archer-Thomson.

Tutor: John Archer-Thomson

For many years John Archer-Thomson was Assistant Head of Centre at FSC Dale Fort. He is now working as a freelance coastal ecologist, writer and photographer and runs a number of courses at Dale Fort each year. He co-wrote Rocky Shores, Volume 7 in Bloomsbury’s British Wildlife Collection.
  • Marloes Sands
  • West Dale coast, low tide at sunset
  • West Dale beach at sunset

Example Timetable

Tuesday: Intro to the course and Pembrokeshire.

Wednesday: Wooltack point looking towards Skomer, followed by Marloes Sands.

Thursday: For example: Newgale sands and beach. St. David’s City and a chance to walk in the area around St. Justinian’s and nearby headland. Other options to suit.

Friday: For example: Preseli Hills, prehistoric mounds, Gwaun Valley with woods and cascades or we can head south to Pembrokeshire’s limestone scenery.

Saturday: Depart after breakfast, packed lunch is provided.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

Start and Finish Times

Resident guests are requested to arrive on the first day at the office reception for registration between 4.00 – 5.30pm. An introductory talk will follow. Dinner will be at 6.00pm. Breakfast will be at 8.00am. Departure will be after breakfast on the last day. Non-resident guests are asked to arrive in time for the welcome talk at approximately 5.30pm.

What to Bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (can be borrowed from Centre)
  • Outdoor footwear – sturdy shoes or boots
  • Day rucksack
  • Warm hat and gloves for inclement weather.
  • Water bottles and/or thermos flask
  • Lunch box


Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item