Jopplety How 1

Borrowdale Fells and Tarns

Event info

An on-location workshop for up to 6 participants. 

Tickets are now on sale. Bookings can be made direct with the RPS by phoning 0117 3164 464, or emailing with details of your booking request and a member of the booking team will get back to you regarding payment. This is an interim arrangement until the new RPS IT system is operational. Thank you for your forbearance.

This workshop is led by Ade Gidney FRPS.

Meeting Point: Watendlath National Trust car park, Keswick CA12 5UW.

From Watendlath we will walk to Dock tarn about 2km. Dock tarn is a little visited tarn in Borrowdale surrounded by small fells which are covered in heather. This provides a carpet of purple around the end of July and early August. Images of the tarn surrounded by purple fells can be obtained along with shoreline images of reeds reflected in the water. A small island and reed lined shores provides additional interest.

From Dock tarn we will retrace our steps and detour to Brund fell and Jopplety How. These fells give superb views towards Derwentwater, the fells to the West and Skiddaw to the north. Brund fell again has heather and birch trees in abundance, made famous by classic landscape image from Joe Cornish.



This workshop is not suitable for people of limited mobility as it involves walking over uneven fell footpaths with some steep paths up and down.

Not suitable for wheelchair users.



Participants should bring a packed lunch with plenty of additional snacks plus hot drinks and water. There is a farm cafe next to the car park although it cannot at this time be guaranteed to be open.



Camera equipment should be kept to essential minimum e.g. body, wide angle and medium telephoto lens, filters if used (not essential). Tripod may be useful but is certainly not essential, if carried should not be of the large heavy variety. The workshop organiser will carry a tripod and some filters which participants are welcome to use.

Participants should have with them waterproof clothing, several warm layers of clothing (including at least one spare), hat and gloves. Stout shoes or walking boots suitable for rocky and/or wet terrain.

Walking poles are not essential but can be beneficial if owned.



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



In the light of recent developments, the latest government guidance and leading industry practice the RPS Landscape Group has adopted the following updated guidelines for events involving meeting in person.

  • Before attending one of our workshops or events please take a lateral flow test and do not attend if the result is positive.
  • Unless you are medically exempt you are encouraged to be fully vaccinated (i.e. 2 vaccinations, plus a booster if applicable) to attend one of our events. If you are not fully vaccinated (for whatever reason) you must follow rigorous social distancing measures including:
    • maintaining a physical distance of at least 2m from other participants and the event leader whenever possible
    • wearing a face covering whenever it is not possible to maintain such a distance
    • following any other social distancing and infection prevention measures and advice issued by relevant public health authorities.
  • You must not attend any event if you have symptoms of covid-19 or have had a positive covid test result within the last 14 days.
  • The event leader may ask you to wear a face covering at certain times e.g. while indoors or while any tuition necessarily takes place in close proximity to the tutor or other participants. Unless you are medically exempt you must comply with the event leader’s requests.
  • Decisions regarding the implementation of these precautions will be those of the event leader, taking account both of current government guidance or regulations and, if this would lead to a more cautious approach, common sense. The event leader's decision will be final.  If you are not willing to comply with any such instructions, please don't book a place.

You should take out insurance to cover cancellation in the event that you contract Covid-19 and are unable to attend.


Carers and helpers

Any person who has a health condition or disability and needs a carer or helper may bring them along to an RPS Landscape Group event without charge. You must book a carer/helper ticket for your helper.

The carer/helper is there to assist you and will not be given any tuition or be permitted to participate in the photographic discussion. Attendance is free of charge but any out of pocket costs such as meals, transport or accommodation will be borne by the attendee.


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 charge £7.50 for all day.  CASH ONLY, no cards.

Free for National Trust members.

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.


Watendlath National trust car park



CA12 5UW