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.


This will be a category C event for up to 6 people plus helpers.  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 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