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St Austell
A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Charlestown view 1Chris Sampson/Flickr

St Austell

79 views to photograph
Mirror statue, the Eden ProjectKatherine/Flickr
Biomes at Eden ProjectTim Parkinson/Flickr
Dinosaurs, the Eden ProjectPaul Hudson/Flickr
Half face with moss, Lost Gardens of HeliganSue Lowndes/Flickr
Restormel CastleZaian/Wikipedia
Sleeping GoddessLoco Steve/Flickr
Statues inside the Eden ProjectDominic Simpson/Flickr
Waterfall, Tropical Biome, the Eden ProjectDavid Jones/Flickr
WEEEman, at the Eden ProjectJustin Warner/Flickr
Balsa Eden Eco-BoardSomeone/Flickr
The Bee sculpture, the Eden ProjectJustin Warner/Flickr
Charlestown view 2Chris Sampson/Flickr
Charlestown view 3Nigel Brown/Flickr
Diving suit, CharlestownOzzy Delaney/Flickr
Fowey Lifeboat StationMartin Bodman/Wikipedia
Inside the Tropical BiomeStevekeiretsu/Wikipedia
Lanteglos-by-FoweyRoger Geach/Wikipedia
London ApprenticeJohn Gibson/Wikipedia
Lostwithiel Stannary PalaceChris Downer/Wikipedia
Motorcycle sculpture, at the Eden ProjectHerry Lawford/Flickr
Pentewan HarbourMartin Bodman/Wikipedia
Pinetum Park and Pine Lodge GardensJonathan Billinger/Wikipedia
St Catherine’s CastleUlli1105/Wikipedia
Steel sculpture, the Eden ProjectKaren Roe/Flickr
Sticker [Cornwall]Tony Atkin/Wikipedia
Stone cross, on Dodman PointColin Park/Wikipedia
Sundial in St. AustellEdward Webb/Flickr
Two biomes, Eden ProjectTim Parkinson/Flickr
Wicker face sculpture, the Eden ProjectKathryn Yengel/Flickr
Carloggas DownsMike Hancock/Wikipedia
Charlestown BeachFabiform/Wikipedia
Eden Project PathwayRob Young/Flickr
Footbridge, at Lost Gardens of HeliganAnthony Stewart Vardy/Flickr
Hexagonal roof panelsEtan J Tal/Wikipedia
Holy Trinity parish churchAdrian Read/Wikipedia
Lower PorthpeanDerek Harper/Wikipedia
Palm trees, the Eden ProjectKathryn Yengel/Flickr
Polmear [Cornwall]Philip Halling/Wikipedia
The Red BankAlex Liivet/Flickr
Round pool and spider at Eden ProjectAirwolfhound/Flickr
St Austell BayFabiform/Wikipedia
St Austell River and cycle pathRon Strutt/Wikipedia
St Austell War MemorialBen Sutherland/Flickr
St John’s Methodist ChurchDerek Harper/Wikipedia
Sticks sculpture, Rainforest Biome, Eden ProjectRob Young/Flickr
Treffry ViaductTomhannen/Wikipedia
Well head, Lost Gardens of HeliganShellac/Flickr
window, Lost Gardens of HeliganUmbrellahead56/Flickr
Lost Gardens of HeliganChris Wood Chris J Wood/Wikipedia
St Austell BreweryTony Atkin/Wikipedia
St Austell Railway StationGeof Sheppard/Wikipedia
St Bartholomew’s Church [Lostwithiel]Matnkat/Wikipedia
Village SquareTony Atkin/Wikipedia


Map of St Austell


About PhotoSecrets



This book is dedicated to my wonderful brother, Pat, and his family — wife, Emily, and sons, Logan and Jake. They live on Bodmin Road, in an 1823 former mine-agents’s house, to the west of the town centre.

Our mother was born in nearby Truro and Pat moved to St. Austell in 2001 to work at the Eden Project. He met local girl, Emily, from St Mabyn and they married in 2009. They have two sons — Logan born in 2012, and Jake born in 2014.

Pat is studying to become a high-school teacher. He enjoys surfing, cycling and disc golf.

Hello also to Emily’s family: parents Anne and David, in Weybridge, and brother Ben and sister Rebecca in Exeter.


A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

Name:St. Austell
Population:34,700 (2011)
UK Parliament:St Austell and Newquay
Far:353 km (220 miles) from London

St Austell S. Austel) is a civil parish and major town in Cornwall, England, UK. It is situated on the south coast, approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of Bodmin and 30 miles (48 km) west of the border with Devon.

St Austell is one of the largest towns in Cornwall; in the 2011 Census, St Austell civil parish had a population of 19,958, with a total of 34,700 living in the wider area comprising several other civil parishes.


















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