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Photographing South Wales


By Drew Buckley

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An essential companion to anyone with a camera who is visiting South Wales. With a foreword by the broadcaster Kate Humble.

In this comprehensive 448-page photo-location and visitors guidebook Drew Buckley takes us along the Pembrokeshire coast visiting the most photogenic locations for photography: sandy beaches, cliff tops, rocky stacks emerging from the sea, panoramic headlands, lighthouses, fishing villages and harbours, seaside towns, and woodlands filled with wild garlic and bluebells. Included is the Gower, with its towering sea cliffs and big vistas, Carmarthenshire’s Laugharne castle and Dylan Thomas’s writing shed, and many locations in South East Wales including the Welsh capital Cardiff and its bay.

Then it’s up the peaks of the Brecon Beacons for lofty views over the surrounding bucolic countryside, down the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal, and he guides us around Waterfall Country, perhaps the best place in the UK for autumn waterfall photography. Further north locations in Ceredigion are described and the dark sky area of the Elan valley, including the nearby red kite centre.

This guidebook Includes topographic OS maps, co-ordinates and directions for all locations, and recommendations on where to eat and stay, along with advice on the best time to visit and take photographs.




  • 62 locations including all the classics
  • Over 500 photographs
  • Detailed maps, directions and co-ordinates for each location
  • Best seasons and time of day to visit including a Sun compass
  • Accommodation and best pubs
  • Roadside and short walk locations
  • Longer photographic walks
  • Accessibility information
  • Photographic tips

The county is extremely popular with photographers, but there is much more to it than the classic viewpoints.

Cornwall and Devon

Cornwall and Devon are renowned for their beautiful landscapes and are rich with photographic potential.

The Peak District

The Peak District is a beautiful upland area at the southern end of the Pennines stretching from Ashbourne in the south to the M62 in the north.

North Wales

North Wales is a diverse place for outdoor photography.

Wimborne Minster

Just escaping the clutches of the south coast conurbation, Wimborne Minster is an attractive market town, dominated by the twin towers of the Norman Minster church. Its history dates back to the 8th century and it is recorded in the Domesday Book as a small market town. The current...

Peter’s Stone and Cressbrook Dale

Peter’s Stone is a distinctive limestone knoll that sits at the head of the narrow limestone valley of Cressbrook Dale. Geologists think this pinnacle slid downhill on a layer of clay from the main formation of limestone millions of years ago. It has a grisly human history. It is...

Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach (also known as Chesil Bank) stretches for 17 miles from Portland to West Bay. The beach is a shingle ridge which connects the Isle of Portland to the mainland. The stones are naturally graded, getting smaller in size the further west you head, and it is said...

Richmond Park

Situated in the middle of London, Richmond Park may not seem like the wildest of places to go photographing wildlife. The park’s accessibility and popularity means there are a lot of people about, especially at weekends. It is however surprisingly easy to lose yourself in the woodland and be...

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448 pages



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August 2018


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2 reviews for Photographing South Wales

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Norman Corner (verified owner)

    In this, the latest (Sep 2018) addition to this impressive series, Drew Buckley has written both an informative and beautiful book. Whether you are just an armchair traveller and lover of landscapes and wildlife images or an enthusiastic photographer who wishes to visit South Wales to capture some of its striking scenery and attractive wildlife, then this book cannot but serve you well. The text is both authoritative and clear, the photographs are stunning and well captioned, and the detail and practical guidance are thorough and comprehensive. The author has achieved a monumental task, and done so with flair and genuine affection for both his craft and the places he describes and illustrates. Rarely does a book encompass so much well researched information and at the same time serve both the coffee table and the rucksack or camera bag of the seasoned landscape and wildlife photographer. Drew Buckley has achieved this challenging task and his book deserves a wide audience. It will, I am sure, also draw more visitors to this part of the UK from both within the UK, and beyond. As a locations guidebook it is outstanding, and as a practical photographer’s ‘how-to’ manual it is impressive too. My only quibble, (and it is a minor matter given the clear structure and maps), is the lack of index which would serve those who hear of features or place names but do not know in which part of the region they are. I Despite this, am delighted to recommend this beautiful book highly, and to congratulate both publisher and author on an outstanding achievement. In my view, it represents great value for money, and pleasingly I can spot no weak photographs, poor reproduction or irritating text errors.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tim Scanlan (verified owner)

    If you’re a UK-based photographer you NEED to buy this guide. If you’re visiting the UK you MUST buy this guide.

    Laid out in logical geographical regions, Drew Buckley’s book is the definitive guide to getting the most out of this wonderful part of the UK. Drew’s knowledge of the region’s landscape, and it’s flora and fauna, are clear to see and his skill as a photographer adds a magical quality to each section.

    Photographing South Wales is a worthy addition to FotoVUE’s library and is already a permanent fixture in my camera rucksack. Congratulations to Drew, Mick, Stuart and all at fotoVUE for producing a future classic.

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