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.

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: Birmingham Open Media, Dudley St.

Standard price: £15

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.