Birmingham Photo Walks

Photo Walks are about slowing down and really looking at the details of the city while learning from being in a group. More a meander than an exercising walk, we usually cover a mile in 90 minutes mixing in a bit of local history, myths, legends and tall stories. While not a formal workshop, I'm always on hand to offer advice and help you get the most out of your camera.

All cameras and levels of experience are welcome. I've even had people come without a camera for the experience of looking at the Birmingham in new ways.

A year-long pass for all my walks is available for £35.

Upcoming Walks

Jan 16: City at Night
Feb 3: Digbeth
Feb 20: City at Night
Mar 4: Digbeth
Apr 8: Spaghetti Junction
May 6: Digbeth
Jun 3: Digbeth
Jul 1: Spaghetti Junction
Sep tba: Digbeth
Oct tba: Spaghetti Junction
Nov tba: Digbeth
Nov tba: City at Night
Dec tba: City at Night

May 6: Digbeth
Jun 3: Digbeth
Jul 1: Spaghetti Junction
Sep 2: Digbeth
Oct 7: Spaghetti Junction
Nov 4: Digbeth
Nov 13: City at Night
Dec 4: City at Night

Digbeth

The classic two hour Digbeth walk weaving through the back streets, canals and hinterlands of this mysterious place. We take in (subject to the route) monolithic railway architecture, graffitied buildings, light industry, canals, artist studios, victorian urinals, repurposed factories, forgotten cathedrals, spectacular city views, neo-pagan stone circles and the mysterious terminating viaduct.

Suitable for: All levels of photography and all cameras.

Accessibility: Mostly pavements and canal towpaths. Pretty good accessibility.

Frequency: Monthly-ish all year.

Starting point: Custard Factory by the Green Man at 12pm.

Standard price: £10

Spaghetti Junction

Spaghetti Junction comprises two railway lines, two rivers, three canals and 13.5 miles of motorway. Underneath the monolithic flyovers is a unique landscape which the thousands of drivers who use it every day never see, from the calm of Salford Reservoir to the hidden forests under the concrete brutalism and noise of the flyover itself. The walk lasts 3 hours – bring a packed lunch and a flask.

Suitable for: All levels of photography and all cameras.

Accessibility: Off-road. Not very accessible.

Frequency: Quarterly, for each season.

Starting point: Powerleague 5-a-side car park. You can park there, get a 65/66/67 bus from Birmingham city centre or train to Aston station.

Standard price: £15

City at Night

This 3 hour Night Walk takes in the buildings, canals and roadways of central Birmingham with an emphasis on tripods and long exposures. Starting by New St Station we move up through Victoria Square, over the Queensway and on to the canals of Brindley Place before ending at the new Library in Centenary Square. If you’re a complete novice Pete will be on hand to show you how to shoot in Manual and use your tripod effectively. If you’re an expert you can benefit from safety in numbers.

Tripods can be hired for £5. This walk only runs in the Winter.

Suitable for: Beginner and Intermediate photographers with cameras that can do long exposures.

Accessibility: Mostly pavements and canal towpaths, some steps. Fairly good accessibility.

Frequency: Occasional on weekday evenings from Nov to Feb.

Starting Point: Cherry Reds cafe, John Bright St.

Standard price: £15

One Year Photo Walk Pass

If you're going to attend at least three of my photo walks, this is for you. For £35 you'll be issued with a Discount Code valid for one year, starting on the date of your chosing.

Needless to say, this makes a perfect gift!

It does come with some conditions, which I may update as loopholes reveal themselves:

  • It's only valid for one person. If you want bring a friend they need to pay.
  • It's not transferable. Your friend cannot use it in your place.
  • The pass is valid for walks listed on this page only.

This is a very small operation and I will spot any monkey business which will see me cancel your pass and, more importantly, be very annoyed and upset.

Is it worth it?

Every walk I run is different. The weather, people, buildings, everything changes over time and I always feel I'm seeing the area afresh.

I also get bored and want to mix things up, trying new routes or checking out a new place I've heard about. While I'll often hit the same landmarks the journey between them will always be new.

In 2017, when I had a lot of other committments, I ran 10 walks. As of January 2018 I have 14 walks scheduled through to December. If time permits I hope to develop new walks in Birmingham (city centre and Jewellery Quarter) on top of these.

Important Information

  • Walks have limited places. You can try turning up on the day but I recommend booking in advance to be sure.
  • Sturdy shoes are recommended for outside events as we may go off-road.
  • Routes are subject to change.
  • In the event of really bad weather outdoor events may be postponed in which case a refund will be offered or credit given for a rescheduled date.
  • If you need to cancel, please give 48 hours notice and I will happily reschedule you or issue a credit note. If you do not attend and do not give 48 hours notice I am unable to give credit.
  • Children under the age of 16 are welcome if accompanied by a paying adult.
  • While walks are guided and there is safety in numbers I cannot take any responsibility for the safety and security of yourself or your equipment. Please be careful and act responsibly.