Photography Tour in the English Lake District
November 2021 (7 days / 6 nights) Guided by Phil Buckle & Dion Hitchcock
Small group tour – maximum 5 participants only! (with 2 professional local photo guides)
The picturesque Lake District is the largest of England’s National Parks and is situated in the North West of England, within the county of Cumbria. The area has recently been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site joining the esteemed company of such visual delights as the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon. With peaceful lakes scattered within a stunning mountainous region, it’s a photographer’s dream. Also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, it’s not only famous for the becalmed lakes but also for England’s highest mountains (which are called fells). These imposing mountains offer the waters protection from the wind, as do the fairy-tale forests which cradle up to the water’s edge creating an idyllic setting in countless locations, many of which we’ll explore in depth during our tour.
Past generations of notable artists were influenced by the Lake District’s beauty and splendor, including authors William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, along with the distinguished painters JMW Turner and John Constable. Just as history’s great painters were drawn to the beauty of this unique corner of the English countryside, discerning photographers now make the pilgrimage to its serene shores to capture nature’s impressive tints and tones, brushed with the golden glow of a sunrise or sunset across the landscape. We will be visiting The Lakes during the height of autumn/fall, offering us the best light to capture the sublime palette of deciduous leaves decorating the landscape, accentuated by the fells taking on their winter coat from the golden brown hues of the dying bracken.
This is a unique opportunity to explore this stunning area in a small group tour as we will have a maximum of 5 participants only (with 2 professional photo guides for bespoke guidance and tuition throughout). This is due to the narrower roads and access to shooting locations being restrictive in such an unspoiled area.
Day 1 – Journey to The Lakes
We’ll collect you at the arranged meeting point and we’ll begin our journey in our dedicated 8 seat vehicle complete with flip-down TV screen. As we approach our destination you’ll likely see some of the Lake District’s distinguished breed of Herdwick sheep, remarkable for their extreme resilience and unusual territorial nature. Don’t count too many of them though as we don’t want you to fall asleep on the way! Once we check into our accommodation we’ll be off to catch our first sunset of the tour.
Day 2 – Ullswater
We’ll begin our first morning with sunrise at the iconic Duke of Portland boathouse looking down Ullswater towards the distant fells. From there we’ll either pay a visit to Hallin Fell with a view down to two of Cumbria’s hidden valley’s in Martindale and Boredale, with Beda Fell in all its autumnal glory dividing them, or further down the Lake towards Glenridding with views towards Wall Holm and Cherry Holm Islands. During the day we will visit the captivating Aira Force which is probably the most famous of the Lakes’ waterfalls, falling 70ft below a slate bridge into a rock pool below and surrounded by Victorian landscaping.
Day 3 – Derwent Water
Just outside of Keswick lies Crow Park where we will start the day for sunrise looking down Derwent Water towards Derwent Isle with Borrowdale Valley and the surrounding Fells beyond. Nearby is Isthmus Bay where you will find the remains of some concrete jetties looking towards the Cumbrian Mountains. Depending on water levels we may visit the Centenary Stones which were placed in Calfclose Bay to celebrate the National Trust’s 100 year of involvement with The Lakes. Other options for later in the day are Ashness Jetty, Tewet Tarn or Castlerigg Stone Circle.
Day 4 – Buttermere
This morning we will head for Buttermere and once again put those ND filters to work capturing the famous lone tree with tranquil views down the lake towards Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks, followed by a short journey up the lake where we will have views of Char Hut and the autumn colours on the mosaic slopes of Haystacks. Later in the day we will explore the Southern shore of Crummock Water where we’ll have several composition options of rocks or trees to choose from.
Day 5 – Great Langdale
We’ll start the day at the River Brathay near Elterwater hoping for a touch of mist at sunrise with a couplet of oak trees and a small copse reflecting in the calm water. Later we will head down the Great Langdale Valley towards Side Pike and Blea Tarn both of which have gorgeous views towards the Langdale Pikes.
Day 6 – Lowther Castle
After another stunning sunrise location, our last full day will see us visit the incredible Lowther Castle, deservedly winning Cumbria’s Attraction of the Year in 2018. We’ll explore the beautiful & uniquely cultivated gardens amongst the gothic ruins & have a chance to photograph red squirrels and red deer.
Day 7 – Return Journey
For our final day in the stunning Lake District we will begin with a visit to Tewet Tarn, or even Castlerigg Stone Circle for sunrise with views towards Blencathra and Skiddaw fells. We’ll head back to our accommodation to check out and time permitting will call in at another photographic opportunity on our way to the designated drop off point.
Phil Buckle is a professional landscape photographer, specializing in the stunning scenery of northern England and Scotland. Living on the edge of the Lake District inspired Phil to take up walking in this beautiful part of England and eventually, photography. Self taught, he quickly gained accolades for his imagery by being shortlisted for both Landscape Photographer of the Year and Outdoor Photographer of the Year in 2015. Phil has continued every year since to be shortlisted, plus commendations for his work in 2016 and 2018. Along with having his images in several publications (including photographic guide books) and giving presentations to camera clubs throughout the UK, Phil has run workshops for 4 years. His knowledge, experience, and easy-going style helping to put fellow photographers at ease and improve their techniques whilst immersed in some of the most beautiful landscape locations.
Dion Hitchcock is based in London, United Kingdom. A prodigious traveler, after visiting 40+ countries he decided it was high time to learn about photography so he could better document his travels and quickly caught “the bug”. He became involved in several camera clubs assisting them running workshops and now runs his own (5200+ members), including in the UK, Iceland, and his home country of Australia. A qualified pharmacist, he’s now swapped helping patients and teaching pharmacy students for helping clients with both the technical aspects and artistic side of photography. Although an unconventional transition, he sees this as a natural progression as both of his parents are artists who instilled in him an appreciation of the beauty of the wondrous world around us.