Wild Light Retreat – The Lake District, England

Lake District Trip summary 

I first visited the  Lake District with camera in hand in 2020 and instantly fell in love. Compact, timeless and packed full of interest there’s nowhere else like it. After running a Photoshop retreat last year I’ve decided to run a dedicated Photo workshop to dig a little deeper and devote more time capturing this beautiful little corner of England.

So join me this Autumn in the stunningly beautiful Lake District in the north of England, which  will provide plenty inspiration, fresh air and stunning imagery. This trip runs through the week to avoid the busier weekends.

This Lake District photo retreat will combine evening and days session with a couple of early sessions (if your an early riser) around the central and quieter Western Lakes with a session or two at Derwent water to the north also in the mix

The featured practical sessions will also feature  Grassmere, Rydal, Waswater, the Langdales and Coniston water.

During the evening  we’ll take some  time to edit and review our work, get creative with Photoshop and Lightroom. We’ll also 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 comfortable self catering house located as conveniently as possible to our locations. Single occupancy rooms will be the norm unless stated with our own shared facilities.

Meals – for ultimate flexibility while in the field we will prepare our own group meals  and your preferences will be noted prior to the trip, 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. Its a popular place but post Easter holidays and with some weekdays scheduled it should be a little quieter.

Some low grade walking and a few short hill walks will be required but these are optional.  Plus as mentioned there are  only 4 places available for each trip, making it a more  intimate learning experience.

The Learning

Your guide Glen has 16 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.

Fell 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*


* AlL 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
2nd - 6th October 2023
Places available - Yes (max 4)
Trip fee: £1495.00
Deposit £200.00


  • 4 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfast
  • Practical photo and editing sessions over 5 days
  • 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