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Lake District mountain photography

Event info

A mountain photography day for up to six people led by Ade Gidney FRPS.  Tickets will go on sale on 1 August.


The day will start at Gatesgarth, taking in Scarth Gap pass, giving expansive views across Buttermere towards Grasmoor and the Newlands Pass, Haystacks and Innominate tarn (the final resting place of Alfred Wainwright). Haystacks is a rocky summit providing 360-degree views into the Ennerdale valley, Pillar rock, Great gable and Dale head. A medium telephoto lens will give numerous opportunities for compositions.

Continuing past Blackbeck tarn there will be opportunities for more intimate shots of the bogbean plants, reflections of the mountains and shoreline reeds. We will pass Dubs Hut and the old quarry workings above Honister. This gives views of quarry buildings framed by the mountains and close detail shots of quarried rock and historic rusting metalwork.

If time allows we will walk to the summit of Fleetwith Pike with its expansive views down Buttermere and Crummock Water and then finish with the hard to find Warnscale bothy; a classic location of the old mining hut (now a bothy).  A wide angle lens will give stunning location images from here. Our final descent alongside Warnscale Beck will give opportunities for images of the tumbling beck as it falls to the valley.

In the event of poor weather preventing access to the mountain tops we will choose a lower, less-exposed route around Buttermere lake with opportunities for expansive landscapes taken from the lake shore and the infamous ‘Buttermere tree’.

This is a mountain walk which will include significant sections of up and down hill, walking on occasionally steep and rocky ground. This day is not suitable for people of limited mobility.  We will walk at the pace of the slowest member and there will be lots of stops to take photographs.

The walk will total around 8km with a significant amount of ascent. Haystacks is around 600m above sea level.

Participants should bring a packed lunch with plenty of additional snacks, a hot drink and water.

Camera equipment should be kept to essential minimum e.g. body, wide angle and medium telephoto lens, filters if used (though not essential). A tripod is not essential but, if carried, should not be of the large heavy variety.

Participants should bring / wear waterproof clothing, several warm layers of clothing (including at least one spare), hat and gloves. Stout shoes or walking boots suitable for rocky wet terrain will be essential.  Walking poles are not essential but can be beneficial if owned.  

Bring cash for parking (see below).


Ticket prices for this event include a £2 carbon offsetting charge.  For more information click here.


Social distancing:

If still applicable, the workshop leader will be following safe practices in line with social distancing guidance and will require participants to do the same.  Please do not book if you do not wish to comply.  


This will be a category C event for up to 6 people.  Category C means events that focus on a particular skill or technique (such as long exposures, composition or night photography) and/or on getting the best from a particular location. The event leader will have good location knowledge to ensure that the best is made of the prevailing conditions and will be a skilled landscape photographer able to offer tuition at all levels. These events are usually led by professionals but sometimes by volunteer members of the landscape group.  


Your data

Please note: your personal data (name, email address and telephone number) that you supply when booking an event will be passed to the event / workshop leader in order to enable them to:

  • contact you in advance of the event to remind you or notify you of joining instructions (or changes thereto) etc.
  • contact you at short notice before or during an event in case of any emergency or last-minute changes (eg because of weather).

By booking this event you are deemed to consent to this transfer of your data.


Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


Venue Information

Parking currently costs £4 all day.  Cash only, no cards.

The nearest public toilets are at Buttermere village car park (behind the pub).  There are also toilets at Honister Slate Mine but these are intended for customers' use.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation by You

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be postponed or cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control. If an event is postponed we will transfer your booking to the rearranged event, with the option of a refund if the rescheduled date is not suitable for you.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.


Gatesgarth Farm car park



CA13 9XA