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Living and working in the Lake District is a real privilege - it's one of the world's premier photography destinations, with an abundance of mountains - the 'fells', set aloft from numerous Lakes and verdant green valleys. Without doubt, the best time to visit is Autumn with its early morning mists and a riot of colours in the woodlands and lakesides. On this holiday you'll visit some all time classic locations along with trips to hidden gems, away from the crowds.
The holiday will be 4 days / 3 nights, running from Tuesday 13th October to Friday 16th October 2020 . We'll be visiting some classic locations such as Ullswater and Borrowdale as well as some stunning lesser known photography spots around the Lake District. Rod's experience of living in the area for nearly twenty years means you'll be in great hands!
Maximum group size
5 People (excluding non-photography partners)
* Photography over 4 days at a variety of locations
* 3 Nights' Bed & Breakfast and packed lunches
* Photography tuition
* Image review sessions and post production tutorials
* Transport during the trip, to each photographic location
* Collection / drop of from Penrith train station if required
£799 per person (single occupancy of a double room). The rate for Photography couples, sharing the same double room is £599 per person. Non-photography partners are welcome to stay at the accommodation (sharing the same double room) for only £195.
We'll be based at Lake View, Watermillock a luxurious modern cottage that rests on the beautiful banks of Ullswater in the Lake District National Park. There are idyllic panoramic views and living accommodation of the highest quality.
It's perfectly situated as a base within striking distance of the best photography locations the area has to offer.
If we get a soaking on a day out, there's an alluring woodburning stove as well as a wine cooler waiting back at the accommodation for us! There's a local pub a short walk away and we're close to the popular Lakeland village of Pooley Bridge.
We're offering this as a self-catering break, which helps keep costs to a minimum for you and offers us greater flexibility when it comes to timing our forays with the best photographic conditions. Included in the price is all the breakfast food (cooked & continental) and a broad selection of ingredients for you to make up a packed lunch to your liking. (We'll ask when you book if you've any special dietary needs that you'd like us to cater for). If you fancy something different, the market town of Penrith is only 15 minutes away and has a great range of food shopping available.
There are some great pub venues nearby for evening meals (not included in the price) which we can go to every night, or the group might choose to eat in one evening. We'll decide as a group what you'd like to do at the time.
(Images by Sykes Cottages)
The area offers locations readily viewed direct from the roadside as well as many others that involve short walks. Some locations require a longer walk-in and the terrain may be rough and muddy, meaning a reasonable level of physical fitness is required to access them. We'll manage this accordingly within the groups abilities.
To give you an idea of what you'll be doing on the tour, we've set out an example schedule. Times and locations are arranged around prevailing weather to make the most of the conditions and light, so we'll always remain flexible around the exact details.
During mid-October in the Lake District, sunrise is around 07:43 and sunset 18:08. This means (weather dependant) there'll be plenty of opportunity to enjoy the best of the light, at a reasonable hour of the day. There are many nearby locations we can choose from to visit, including: Ullswater, Borrowdale, Buttermere, Derwentwater, Thirlmere and the Eden Valley.
Day 1 - Meet up at accommodation then On location
Meet at accommodation at 12pm (or we can collect you from Penrith Train station). You'll be able to drop your bags and then we'll head straight out to explore nearby locations. We'll then 'properly' check in after 3pm and let you get settled. Then, it's back out to catch sunset before returning for our evening meal together.
Day 2 – On location
Head out to catch sunrise before returning for a welcome breakfast. Then it's back out for a full day, visiting up to three different locations. During the evening, there'll be the opportunity to review our days work and see what we've managed to capture. We'll have our evening meal together as a group.
Day 3 – On location
We'll enjoy breakfast before heading out for our location visits. Sunset offers a different take on some of the locations and we'll try and work that into the schedule. During the evening, as well as image review, I'll spend some time showing you my processing/editing workflow before enjoying our evening meal.
Day 4 – On location and tour end
On our last day, we'll head out early again to make the most of our time, then back to the accommodation for breakfast and then checkout. For one last hurrah, there'll be the chance to enjoy another couple of hours photography nearby, before we conclude the course and head home.
* Transport to workshop start/end
* Travel insurance
* Bar drinks
* Evening meals
Rod Ireland Photography holds appropriate public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance, as well as Mountain Leader and first aid qualifications. However, we very strongly recommend that clients obtain appropriate personal travel / holiday insurance including cancellation and curtailment cover before attendance on the tour.
For full details of this trip, please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page and we'll send you a PDF document with and answer any questions you might have
How to book
Contact us and we'll email you a booking form. Simply return that, along with a deposit and your place is secured (all payment details included on booking form).