Wild Light Retreat – The Lake District, England

Lake District Trip summary 

I only visited the  Lake District with camera in hand in for the first time in 2020. I was instantly hooked.  Compact, timeless and packed full of interest there’s nowhere else like it. After running a Capture and Create workshop last year I’ve decided to run a dedicated practical location to dig a little deeper and devote more time capturing this beautiful little corner of England.

The lakes are a destination that can be revisited many times as there’s so much to see and photograph. So why not join me this Autumn in the stunningly beautiful Lake District in the which  is guaranteed to provide plenty inspiration, fresh air and stunning imagery.

This trip also runs through the week to avoid the busier weekends.

This Lake District photo retreat will combine evening and days session and some early sessions around the northern, central and quieter western lakes.

Some of my favourite locations we’ll explore include    Ullswater, Derwent water, Buttermere, Grassmere, Rydal, Waswater and the Langdales.

During the evening  we’ll take some  time to edit and review our work at the end of the week.

You’ll also get to explore some of the classic village locations that are full of interest, colour and texture, such as Conistion, Ambleside and Grassmere.


Your base for four nights and five days will be a comfortable self catering cottage with single  occupancy rooms located in Waterfoot Park near Ullswater just a short drive from the pick up point in Penrith.

Meals – for ultimate flexibility while in the field we may   prepare one or two of our own group meals (your preferences will be noted) and we  may also nip out to a local restaurant or pub for a meal.

Not your usual photography workshop

You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Lake District photo retreat spending our time in the central and quieter spots where possible.

Some low grade walking and a few short hill walks will be required but these are optional.

There are only 4 places available for each trip, making it a more  intimate learning experience.

The Learning

Your guide Glen has 18 years experience as a photo educator. You’ll be immersed into the process of camera control, shot selection, composition, light quality, use of filters,  long exposures and final execution of image capture. It can be challenging photographing  in tough conditions but this can also yield some dramatic imagery when the light is at its most dynamic as the weather changes rapidly*. You can read some testimonials from previous participants here

You’ll learn how to adapt and capture transient moments of wonderful light as they happen.  An introduction to aerial photography can be part of the program too if you wish to learn or are interested.    Finally in the evening we will review some of days images with the use of a high resolution projector over a cold beer or glass of wine.

The Accommodation

Self-catering semi – rural cottages, retreats  or small guest houses close by to our locations will ensure we can stay safe and make the most of our time whilst creating a sociable and fun environment. As with most of my trips  everyone gets their own room.

Feel free to  check out some recent trip testimonials here

Getting there

Pick up options exact details will added shortly

A.  Under your own steam – Meet at Penrith station at 12:30 – 13:00 2nd October 2023

B. Need lift* – Halbeath Park and Ride near Dunfermline or Edinburgh South Gyle station located between Edinburgh  Airport and Edinburgh Haymarket station. 10:00am *max 2

Trams – every 7 mins and takes 7 mins from airport or city

Trains from Edinburgh Haymarket /Waverley stn frequent and takes around 10 mins

Workshop ends

Penrith station  13:30 6th October 2023

Edinburgh Gateway / South Gyle stations 15:30*


* Penrith times are flexible to a degree let me know your transport availability and eta.

If you need any further information on pick up or drop off please just ask.

Lake District Photo Retreat - 5 days
2nd - 6th October 2023
Places available - max 4 - 2 places left
Trip fee: £1595.00
Deposit £200.00


  • 4 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfast and refreshments
  • Practical photo sessions
  • Image editing sessions
  • Guiding at locations
  • Inspiring locations

Not Included

  • Flights or transport to pick up points
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Lightstalker Highlights

  • Day and evening sessions
  • Key Lake District locations
  • Balanced itinerary
  • Time to wander and explore
  • Image critiques