Ade Gidney

Winter at Tarn Hows and Elterwater - mobility friendly

Event info

An on-location workshop for up to 6 participants.  Tickets will go on sale on 1 December.


This workshop, led by Ade Gidney FRPS, is wheelchair accessible and open to all people with limited mobility and their helpers.  Helpers are not required to buy a ticket unless they wish to benefit from tuition.

Tarn Hows is a popular gem in the lake district at any time of year. The circular walk gives lovely views of the tarn with its mixed woodland and views across to Coniston Old Man and the Langdales.

We will visit a view point and walk around the tarn. This will give the opportunity to take a variety of landscape images, incorporating the wider view, the tarn and more detailed intimate landscape images of the woodland and reflections in the water.

In the afternoon we will move to Elterwater village and walk along the Cumbria way to Elterwater itself. Elterwater is a lovely little village, the path along the river gives views back towards the Langdales. 

Both the route around Tarn Hows and along the river to Elterwater are gravel paths suitable for all abilities. The path around Tarn Hows is 3.5km or 2miles. The return walk along the path to Elterwater is the same length.  The Tarn Hows loop has some steeper sections of path around 1:10 slope and so a helper will almost certainly be needed by wheelchair users.

The National Trust at Tarn Hows has two ‘Tramper’ electric motor scooters available for hire. These are free of charge both to members and non members and are available on a ‘first come, first served' basis. Pre-booking is highly recommended and can be done via the National trust website at

Wheelchair and mobility scooter users will have the same photographic opportunities as anyone else as there is no need to venture off the paths to make excellent images.

There are toilet facilities at Tarn Hows car park.  No public toilet in Elterwater but cafe & pub have toilets if used for lunch.

As well as the usual photographic equipment, participants should bring:
- a packed lunch with plenty of additional snacks
- a hot drink and water. 
- a mid-length (70-200mm) telephoto lens 
- 50mm or wide-angle lenses could also be useful.
- tripod (useful but certainly not essential)
- warm and waterproof clothing suited to the weather and time of year
- good walking shoes or boots
- hat and gloves
- National Trust membership card or coins for parking (see below).

The workshop leader will carry a tripod and some filters which participants are welcome to use.


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 at Tarn Hows and Elterwater is free to National Trust members (need membership card).

Charge to non-members is £6.50 for up to 4 hours.  Although parking can be paid for by phone app, there may be no signal on some networks so coins are advisable.

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.


National Trust car park

Tarn Hows


LA22 0PP