Member Led Event: Woodland at Ranmore Common
This is a Member-Led Event, with a maximum of 8 participants, led by Peter Stott ARPS. This field trip includes White Down and Old Simm’s Copse, to catch the early morning light in Beech Woodland and coppiced woodland. It follows a first successful, sold-out, edition in 2023.
This woodland is a small part of a much larger area known as Ranmore Common in Surrey. Most of the land is owned by the National Trust, but the area we shall be visiting is managed by the Wotton Estate in conjunction with Surrey County Council. This is an area of mature beech trees and coppices known locally as White Down and is popular with dog-walkers. This section of Ranmore lies at 725 feet and the rising sun comes a little after formal sunrise, then follows the natural slope of the land upwards towards the west. Sunlight filtering through the leaves along pathways creates innumerable and changing possibilities for photography. Mist makes it especially attractive.
Meet: at White Down Car Park (Free parking) at 08:00. (Golden hour starts 08:32). This is about half a mile south down Whitedown Lane from its junction with Ranmore Common Road. What3words: warns.mugs.props. Grid.Ref. 115495. The nearest post code is RH5 6SL which is a building on Ranmore Common Road to the west of of Whitedown Lane. Finish is around 11:00.
Parking: is free (above)
Toilets: there are no public toilets.
Terrain: stable and level with soft tracks, occasionally muddy after prolonged wet weather.
What to wear: Wear suitable outdoor clothing for the weather, including waterproof jacket (just in case). Walking shoes or trainers are advised. We shall not be walking more than 2 miles.
Food & drink: Bring Packed breakfast/lunch. There is a mobile cafe at National Trust Car Park 2 miles to east. Alternatively, pubs in Gomshall and Shere to south.
What to bring: camera; tripods and filters could be advantageous.
Bad weather plan: if heavy rain, then the trip may be postponed or cancelled.
Advice: This is a member-lead event, simply to introduce you to a location, with no professional guidance. The leader is also willing to offer general technical support and advice to inexperienced photographers.
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RPS Landscape Group Committee
Events organised by the Landscape Group of the Royal Photographic Society.
White Down Car Park, Whitedown Lane, RH5 6SL Ranmore Common
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