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7 Day Photography Tour of England's Lake District

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Manchester Piccadilly Train Station, Manchester, England, UK
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November

Explore the jawdropping sights of England's largest national park on this 7 day photography tour of the Lake District with Dion Hitchcock plus Phil Buckle, a photography guide who has 3 decades of experience in the area!

Situated in Cumbria and designated a UNESO World Heritage Site in 2017, the wild and untamed beauty of the Lake District is what makes it such a wonderful destination for landscape photography. This diverse area is home to stunning glacial lakes, emerald green valleys, majestic mountain peaks and extensive moorlands, combining to produce a spellbinding atmosphere like something straight out of a fairytale.

Numerous opportunities for unique photographs will be just a stone's throw away from your clutches during this autumn photography workshop to the splendid English countryside. This time of year is characterised by the charming, earthen hues of fall. Throughout the tour, your photo guides will ensure that you'll be in all of the best locations to witness the glorious autumn colours painting the landscape in a layer of vibrance. They'll teach you everything that you need to know to enhance your photography skills so that you can take home a collection of truly stunning photographs. Please note that due to the dynamic nature of the weather in the Lake District, your tour itinerary will be flexible to accommodate for the conditions.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to experience and capture the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District. Places are limited to just 5 participants on this small group adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

Two professional photo guides
Accommodation
Transportation
All meals

Activities

Sight Seeing
Photo Tours
Photo Workshop

Daily itinerary

Day 1
7 Day Photography Tour of England's Lake District - day 1

Arrival and Journey to the Lake District

The adventure begins! You and your fellow travellers will be collected by your photo guides from the Manchester Piccadilly Train Station at 12pm. From there, you'll begin the journey to the Lake District National Park. Along the way, you'll witness the scenery changing before your very eyes, as we pass through the storybook landscapes to reach our accommodation in the north west of England. Expect to see vast fields dotted with Herdwick sheep and quaint cottages as we get closer to our destination, reaching it just in time for a tranquil sunset session.

Day 2
7 Day Photography Tour of England's Lake District - day 2

Ullswater

On day two, you'll rise early for a sunrise session capturing the stunning views of Lake Ullswater from the shores by the Duke of Portland boathouse. This is one of the most popular locations for photography in the Lake District and you'll soon see why. The fells in the distance make for an enchanting scene when lit up by the early morning light. It's a gorgeous place to welcome the first rays of the sun upon your skin as you take in the unparalleled scenery.

Thereafter, there will be two options: you'll either make your way to Hallin Fell, on the southern end of Ullswater, or head towards the village of Glenridding. The former offers a grand vista of the rolling green valleys of Cumbria, including Martindale and Boredale, separated by the rocky knolls of Beda Fell. Meanwhile, the latter is where you'll be treated to picturesque views across the lake towards Cherry Holme and Wall Holm. Both locations are glorious in their own right so your guides will take the weather and lighting conditions into account when making a decision.

You'll spend the rest of the afternoon at the attractive Aira Force waterfall, which makes for a wonderful scene surrounded by woodlands as it cascades across several tiers into a gorge.

Day 3
7 Day Photography Tour of England's Lake District - day 3

Derwent Water

After breakfast on the third day, you'll head out for a sunrise shoot at Crow Park, soaking in the magnificent views over Derwent Water. On a clear day, you'll be able to see all the way towards Derwent Isle, with the idyllic sscenery of Borrowdale Valley in the distance.

Later on, you'll make your way to the still waters of the Isthmus Bay, where an old concrete jetty makes for a delightful foreground with the fells as a backdrop. If conditions are favourable, then you'll also have the opportunity to capture the modern sculpture known as the 'Centenary Stones' in Calfclose Bay. They make for a mystical sight on a misty morning.

The rest of the day will be spent exploring the surrounds. Possible locations for a sunset session include Ashness Jetty, Tewet Tarn and Castlerigg Stone Circle. Your guides will keep an eye on the weather to ensure a smooth and seamless shoot.

Day 4
7 Day Photography Tour of England's Lake District - day 4

Buttermere

Day four sees us continuing the journey to Lake Buttermere, which sits alongside a number of dairy pastures. We'll spend our time here practicing long exposure photography as we focus our sights on the region's famous lone tree, pointing towards the mountains in the distance.

After sunrise, we'll make our way to a local viewpoint where you'll be able to capture the wonderful hues of fall surrounding Char Hut and the popular Haystacks fell. The afternoon will then be spent unearthing unique and fascinating compositions along the southern shores of Crummock Water, a deep lake flanked by fells on either side, offering panoramic views of Grassmoor and Mellbreak.

Day 5
7 Day Photography Tour of England's Lake District - day 5

Great Langdale

On day five, we'll rise early to catch the misty sunrise at River Brathay by Elterwater. The atmosphere here can take on a truly enchanting edge as the light casts a magical glow over the oak trees in the crisp morning air.

The afternoon will be spent immersing ourselves in the natural beauty of the Great Langdale Valley, as we explore a number of areas including Side Pike and Blea Tarn. This part of the Lake District has some incredible, breathtaking scenery as well as a number of viewpoints that will allow you to capture the dramatic landscapes all around.

Day 6
7 Day Photography Tour of England's Lake District - day 6

Lowther Castle

Day six begins with an early sunrise session before we make our way to the incredible Lowther Castle, one of the most treasured sites in all of the Lake District. This beautiful Gothic building is surrounded by woodlands, providing many opportunities for fascinating compositions. We'll spend the day exploring the ancient gardens as we keep our eyes open for red squirrels and deer.

Day 7
7 Day Photography Tour of England's Lake District - day 7

Return Journey and Departure

This will be the final day of the tour. In the morning, you'll head out for a sunrise session at Tewet Tarn or Castlerigg Stone Circle. Your destination will depend on the conditions, though both have a lot to offer in terms of stunning compositions, especially in the early morning light with uninterrupted views of the surrounds.

Thereafter, you'll return to pick up your belongings and to check out of your accommodation, before your guides will drop you off at the Manchester Piccadilly Train Station around 1-2pm. From there, you'll be able to make your way home or onwards to your next destination, no doubt with a treasure trove of photographs from an unforgettable journey to the English Lake District.

Disclaimer

We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas. The tour will always dependent on weather, as the weather can be highly unpredictable.

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7-13th Nov 2020 – Guided by Phil Buckle & Dion Hitchcock

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Dion Hitchcock Photography

Dion Hitchcock Photography

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Born in Perth, Australia, Dion embarked on the usual antipodean right of passage collecting passport stamps through 40+ countries and is currently based in London, United Kingdom.

He qualified as a pharmacist and after many years in the dispensary he swapped helping patients and teaching future pharmacists for helping photographic clients with both the technical aspects and artistic side of photography. Although an unconventional transition, it could be seen as a natural progression following in the footsteps of both his artists parents who instilled in him an appreciation of the beautiful and wonderous natural world.

From assisting in workshops at his camera club in 2011 whilst learning photography, he's progressed to successfully running his own photographic group with over 5,500 members. This journey from novice to professional has highlighted to him how important friendly encouragement is together with learning the technical aspects in a step-wise manner, something which is evident in his workshops today. Running his camera club and designing the varied workshops for the photographers keeps him on his toes with many different genres of photography but his focus keeps returning to landscape and wildlife.

He currently leads Iceland Photo Tours’ Scottish Highlands workshop and is excited to be continuing to explore the UK, in partnership with sponsorship from Kase Filters.

Born in Perth, Australia, Dion embarked on the usual antipodean right of passage collecting passport stamps through 40+ countries and is currently based in London, United Kingdom.

He qualified as a pharmacist and after many years in the dispensary he swapped helping patients and teaching future pharmacists for helping photographic clients with both the technical aspects and artistic side of photography. Although an unconventional transition, it could be seen as a natural progression following in the footsteps of both his artists parents who instilled in him an appreciation of the beautiful and wonderous natural world.

From assisting in workshops at his camera club in 2011 whilst learning photography, he's progressed to successfully running his own photographic group with over 5,500 members. This journey from novice to professional has highlighted to him how important friendly encouragement is together with learning the technical aspects in a step-wise manner, something which is evident in his workshops today. Running his camera club and designing the varied workshops for the photographers keeps him on his toes with many different genres of photography but his focus keeps returning to landscape and wildlife.

He currently leads Iceland Photo Tours’ Scottish Highlands workshop and is excited to be continuing to explore the UK, in partnership with sponsorship from Kase Filters.

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