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Riverside Wildflowers, Swaledale

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This is an on-location workshop for up to six participants, led by Mark Banks.  Tickets will go on sale on 15th March 2022.

The late great Alfred Wainwright (fell walker and author) said Swaledale was the finest of all Dales and in early June each year the area is covered in colourful wildflowers such as Cornflowers, Wood Anemone, Daisy, Dandelion, Forget-me-nots, Wild Garlic and many more varieties. In the heart of Swaledale, around two miles east of the beautiful village of Muker, is Ivelet - a small hamlet with a picturesque packhorse bridge that spans the lazy River Swale.

Each year a mass of these wildflowers grow along this section of riverbank and woodland copse area where we will be based. Mark will be on hand throughout the day to give practical flower photography advice, tips and tricks on how to create beautiful, delicate wildflower images using a range of techniques. It is recommended that participants bring a macro lens and, although it’s totally optional, a Wimberley Plamp can be a very useful piece of equipment too (holds flowers steady in a breeze).



This workshop would be suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility as the terrain is flat, other than the walk over the packhorse bridge to the opposite river bank (which could be driven over if necessary). Please contact Mark if you would like to discuss this further.

Please bring a packed lunch and drinks to last the day or you may wish to travel the short distance to Muker where there is a cafe (although it can be busy at this time of year).

Toilets are available in Muker which are chargeable, so please bring change.



Please bring clothing and footwear appropriate for the predicted weather forecast and any medication necessary. An umbrella (ideally black) is useful as a parasol for shading flowers when in direct sunlight. Suntan lotion and a hat would also be advisable if the weather looks sunny.

Camera, a choice of favourite lenses including a macro lens, charged batteries, memory card and a tripod will all be necessary. A Wimberley Plamp is a very useful tool for macro photography but not compulsory (Mark will bring his with him but only has one, so if you can purchase or borrow one, that would be ideal).

There is free roadside parking before and over the bridge.


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


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 cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control.

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.





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