Walks with the Camera

Exploring the Derbyshire landscape through your lens

Stretch your legs and start snapping. Walks with the Camera provide structured yet informal leisurely walks through the Derbyshire landscape under the guidance of Visual Artist Valerie Dalling. Each walk focuses on enjoying time outdoors while exploring the landscape a little further through your lens. The walks are open to any level of photographer and all ages are welcome.


- Suitable for all abilities

-  Individuals or small groups

-  Visual and observational focused

-  Basic knowledge of camera operation             

-  Bring your own camera (a mobile will do!)

-  Two to three miles walking maximum

-  Half and full day walks

-  Weekdays and Weekends


-  Special events (eg steam train journey Rowsley to Matlock, 'ladies who lunch' to include afternoon tea)

-  Specific interests taken into consideration and walks planned accordingly


“My Twelve year old daughter and I booked a day with Val in Ticknall, which involved us taking photographic evidence to questions. Not only did we find out information about this pretty village but the activity gave purpose and meaning to our photographs. It also gave us the opportunity to practice some of the techniques that Val had demonstrated and patiently showed us throughout the morning. After a lovely lunch we decided on our own subject and refined the skills from the morning session. Throughout the day Val was very patient, encouraging and thought provoking…we now look at our surroundings a little differently, a five minute walk now takes thirty minutes, if we have the camera!”  Nicola

“I have had an absolutely wonderful day in the company of Valerie. From her very helpful communications before the walk and being incredibly accommodating, going out of her way to collect me. Her experienced creative eye for what makes a beautiful captivating image and her ability to impart that knowledge along with lots of other tips, advice and direction. She listened carefully to my interests and experiences and tailored the day to suit me, giving me the opportunity to explore ways I could develop these interests. She has an incredibly warm empathic approach and is a delight to spend time with. Her own work is stunning and very inspiring and she is so generous not only with her knowledge and skills but also with her time and energy. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her workshops most highly.” Sally

Current Programme

My visual and observational short walks of between 2-3 miles are intended to give you time to relax and enjoy your surroundings while encouraging you to become a little more creative with your photography.

The emphasis will be on what catches your eye, as I encourage you to develop a new way of seeing the world around you, rather than your technical skills, which can take as much time and practice to learn as knowing how your camera works. A basic knowledge of your camera is required, and any camera will be suitable, from a mobile phone or compact, to a high end dslr, depending on the workshop you’re interested in. You will receive many hints and tips on camera technique throughout the day, particularly on the phone walks, with plenty of suggestions to help you creatively. 

Locations for the walks will be based in Derbyshire, and primarily within the Peak District National Park.
Max group 3. Easy/Moderate Walks. 10am-5pm (flexible for sunrise/sunset interest) £50.00 per person lunch included.

Dates for your Diary - Autumn Walks

Walks With The Camera -

More dates tbc

Walks With The Phone Camera only

More dates tbc

For further details and to book please telephone 07969 324489 or email valeriedalling@mac.com

If you or your group would like to take a walk with the camera but dates advertised are not convenient, please contact me to arrange an alternative, as I'm always happy to accommodate where possible.

Gift Vouchers available.