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

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, and will 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, but as your day will be focusing on the visual, any camera will be suitable from a mobile phone or compact, to a high end dslr. You will receive hints and tips on camera technique throughout the day, but these walks are primarily about you and your vision. 

Locations for the walks will be based in Derbyshire and chosen with participants specific interests in mind, personalising the experience and providing as many opportunities to improve your visual skills as possible. 

Dates for your Diary

Walks With The Camera

October/November dates tbc

Walks With The Phone Camera only

October/November dates tbc

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 of £25 and £50 are available.  

To book please telephone 07969 324489 or email valeriedalling@mac.com