Western Lake District






9th – 16th July

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The Lakes holds a special place in my heart as it is where I took my first faltering steps in landscape photography as a teenager. I borrowed a folding medium format camera that my dad had bought during the war - and probably hadn't used since the 1950's - and shot some rolls of colour negative. Nothing more than postcards but it was a start!

It’s difficult for us to imagine now, but two hundred years ago the Lake District was thought ugly and quite literally terrible! The English Lake District was one of the birthplaces of our modern Western love of rugged and ‘wild’ landscape. Wordsworth, the great Romantic poet and a Lakeman through and through, lived in Grasmere in the heart of this beautiful region. Through his glorious verse, he did much to change the public's perception of the landscape.

This compact National Park is often thought of, by both British and overseas visitors, as the most beautiful region in the British Isles. Surprisingly this iconic landscape is only 35 miles across. Lake Windermere, the largest of the sixteen lakes, is just ten and a half miles long.

We will be based in Muncaster, at the far western end of Eskdale, just a stone's throw from the Irish Sea coast. There are numerous great locations close by: the beautiful River Esk with its waterworn granite outcrops; the awesome Hard Knott Pass with its Roman Fort, and a commanding view of the towering Scafell range; quiet, wooded Dunnerdale with its tumbling cascades and a secret beech forest; and, lastly, the huge dune system along the sea shore at Drigg, with Windscale nuclear power station to the north and the Roman port of Ravenglass to the south. No visit to this area would be complete without seeing Great Gable from the western end of Wastwater, a view chosen for the Lake District National Park's emblem. The dramatic Wastwater screes, plummeting down the fell on the southern shore, also make a fascinating subject for photography.


Over six full days of photography I will take you to many of my favourite locations and help you to make the most of the opportunities, tutoring you not only in technical matters – such as exposure and filtration – but also helping you to see with a keener eye in order to make more compelling compositions.


The days are long in July but to maximise the time spent on photography we will generally concentrate on locations within an hour’s drive of our base. We will also spend some time indoors on critique and post processing sessions.

What's Included
What's Not
  • All transport during workshop

  • Full board accommodation

  • Photo tuition from David Ward

  • Transport to venue

  • Travel insurance

  • Alcoholic beverages

£1,850 for single occupancy

£350 fee payable at time of booking

N.B. We will follow strict COVID-19 safety protocols throughout the workshop.

You must bring a mask with you.


David Ward Photo Tours are certified Good to Go by Visit England.

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