Central Lakes photoshoot - FULLY BOOKED

28 April 2018

09:15 - 17:00

Lake District
Blea Tarn National Trust car park
Near Ambleside
United Kingdom
LA22 9PG

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Group Member£0.00 
RPS Member£10.00 
Non RPS Member£20.00 
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Image (c) Rob Duncalf

This group B event (some tuition available) will focus on getting some great landscape shots whether you’re a beginner or an experienced photographer. We will visit a variety of locations from Blea Tarn (with the Langdale Pikes in the background), Tilberthwaite and Hodge Close Quarry, Slater’s Bridge and Cathedral Cavern. Brilliant locations which pose different challenges for composition, especially with changeable weather in Spring.

Roads in the Lake District vary from wide and fast to very narrow, steep and tricky. You can expect to be held up by many things from slower drivers enjoying the views to roaming sheep - patience is a virtue. Petrol stations are scarce outside the towns. The timings (other than the start time) are approximate.

09:15 Meet in the National Trust car park at Blea Tarn, LA22 9PG (NY295 043) about 8 miles from Ambleside. If you are not an NT member you will need to pay for parking here. Wellies advised as it can get very boggy in places around the water's edge. Across the tarn the Langdale Pikes are dramatically framed by the slopes of Pike of Blisco and surrounding fells, with plenty of pine trees on the western shore. Hopefully, the meadows by the lake will be rich in spring flowers..

11:45 Leave for Hodge Close (NY 316 016), via ‘Chesters by the River’ at Skelwith Bridge (LA22 9NJ) for lunch in cafe if required - takeaway food is available.  Hodge Close - Free parking here. 

The Tilberthwaite area has a rich slate mining history and Hodge Close has plenty of Silver Birch trees (a photographers dream) as well as derelict quarry buildings, caves, giant slate spoil heaps etc.

From here, it is a 1.5km walk to a beautiful stone footbridge and a spectacular 12m high cavern (no torches required). A tripod is essential in the cavern and monochrome works well here. The cavern is a good shelter if it proves to be a very wet day!

17:00 Planned finish. Rob will be happy to stay later if participants wish to stay longer.


Most of the walking is easy but in some places the ground can be very uneven - with loose stones in the quarries.

The Lake District boasts the most beautiful scenery in England - but it rains a lot. “There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”  - Alfred Wainwright. Notwithstanding, late April can be dry and sunny - the variable weather can mean magical light. Don’t be reluctant about taking some iconic shots you have seen before - there’s a reason they’re iconic!

Please bring your walking boots (essential) and wellies, camera and lenses, ND filters and a tripod. Although this is not a workshop as such we will try and help you with composition, long exposures (big stoppers required), etc if you are struggling to get it right.

Change for NT pay and display machine, you will need £5 for 2 hours.

Lunch is available in the Chesters café or bring a packed lunch.


Rob Duncalf
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Region: NorthernGroup(s): Landscape