Field Trips

Summer programme and weekend activities

Summer Programme

Our Summer programme is all about evening field trips to local places of interest. Every Thursday for eighteen weeks meet at various places around Penwith, although we have started to hold a few trip slightly further afield.

The summer programme is free to attend and open to anyone with an interest in photography, that wants to come along. Treated mainly as a social event for our members, where we go out as a group and shoot ideas had, or practice techniques learned, during our winter programme.

We return annually to many of the more popular (by our members) locations and rotate the others, throwing in the odd one off trip here and there.

Full Moon and the Stars

If the calendar allows we will target a full moon at Coverack or Porthcurno or a new moon at a dark location giving us the operuntiy of star trails or the Milky Way.


Three of our regular trips are the local harbours, because they are flat and accessible by all our members, with plenty on offer to photograph.

At least two of the harbours at Newlyn, Porthleven and St Ives feature in every summer programme. Coverack and Sennen are also included from time to time.

Our Big5

Images taken during our summer 2019 trips.

Landscapes and Seascapes

These play a large part in our coddiwomples and so they should with our location. When you have the likes of St Michael’s Mount, Godrevy, The Brisons, The Crowns at Botallack and Land’s End are on our doorstep… Why not?

You have probably heard photographers talking about going on safari and getting the Big5 animal pictures. Well our Big5 are all landscape/seascape and listed above.

Other trips

An evening at the Jubilee Pool in Penzance and a trip to the Rumps and Mouls at Polzeath are two that spring to mind.

Nature and Wildlife

Nature and Wildlife are included with evenings spent photographing Butterflies, Poppies, Heather, and the Purple Vipers Bugloss and Cornflowers at Boscregan Farm.


Our heritage also plays a part in our summer programme with trips to the Tin Mines at Botallack, Carn Galver, Geevor, Levant, Rinsey and South Wheal Francis.

The Coves

The coves of Kynance, Mullion, Church and Dollar at Gunwalloe, Priest, Prussia and Sennen are just a few we visit.


…and then there are the Ps… Porthmonia, Portheras, Porth Nanven, Porthgwarra and Porthcurno to name a few.

Members on location

We meet at a pre-arranged meeting point for a chat, hand out the walkie talkies and cover the necessary health, safety and risk assessment.

We then normally disperse in smaller groups for the session until the end of the trip when we return to the original meeting point at an agreed time.

Health and Safety

All our coddiwomples are covered by the club’s insurance and our generic risk assessment is available at the bottom of the page.

With several first aiders in our membership, along with ex-Security, mountain rescue and a retired pharmasist we have most things covered 🙂


Coddiwomples…. Basically means to go somewhere and then wonder around, which is a fairly good way of describing what a photographer does.

We have 10-12 coddiwomples a year, roughly one a month and normally involves travelling further than our summer programme. We meet locally, usually in Hayle and car share to the coddiwomple location.

We have a pub lunch on our coddiwomples. You can’t beat a quick ham, egg and chips (the photographer’s lunch) and a pint in front of a real fire when Dartmoor is cold and wet.

… and a coffee to go, on the way, is always a good start to the day.


Day trips

Our coddiwomples have a good mix of outdoor events and some inside, offering something for all our members.

We go to all three of the WCPF presentations. 2019 presentations were held in Bovey Tracey, Exeter and Poundbury. The CPA presentations are normally evening events near Truro.

On location with our members

So why not come along and check us out…

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