Introduction to Digital Photography in the Lake District
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Learn the simple science behind great digital photography. If you’re new to digital photography, this holiday will take you step by step from composing and capturing the image to storing and printing your photographs. Suitable for the less experienced users of basic compacts through to top of the range SLRs. During the course of each day we'll walk up to 3 miles (5km).
- Our professional photography leader will guide and encourage
- Learn how to get the most out of your camera
- Visit inspirational vistas of the southern Lake District
- Gain knowledge to continue your photography at home
Great Reasons to Join Us
- Great value: all prices include full-board en-suite accommodation, transport to photography locations and tuition from our expert leader
- Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at our Country Houses
- Expert leaders: all our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
- Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment
As an historic National Trust property, Monk Coniston is full of romantic, gothic-style charm. With a most attractive Lake District setting, it is well suited to a relaxing holiday. A perfect holiday whether it's walking or leisure you seek in this wonderful part of the country.
Monk Coniston has 33 bedrooms. Some are located in the main house, with others in the adjoining cottage and counting house.
Choose your room
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Dining room with lake views
|• Range of board games and books
• Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
• Our traditional Lakeland barn can be used for dancing, or as a games room
|• Large garden with views down to the lake
• Putting green and croquet lawn
• The National Trust maintains a collection of rare trees in the grounds
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Monday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Tuesday: Getting to grips those buttons on your digital camera
Today begins with a short walk down to the lake shore, where we look to capture images of the lake, with it’s backdrop of the Old Man of Coniston and surrounding mountains. Our tuition will focus on the use of techniques such as composition, aperture, focus, exposure, white balance, depth of field, shutter speed, and light. Cheryl will give us a simple and memorable mnemonic to enable you to easily remember the steps we need to take before we press the shutter button!
After lunch we head out to the old copper mines above Coniston town. Following the old miner’s road, we stop at several points to photograph the old miner’s bridge, the river and its dramatic waterfalls that run close to the road. At the top of the road we will be able to capture views of the old mine works and views back down the valley toward the town and Conistonwater. After dinner Cheryl hopes to offer an optional excursion to capture on camera the beautiful sunset light.
Wednesday: Taking images of the spectacular Lake District at Skelwith Bridge, Elterwater, Rydal Water and Grasmere
Today we take a circular tour around some of the most spectacular Lake District scenery, stopping to capture images of Skelwith Bridge, Elterwater, Rydal Water and Grasmere.
Thursday: Big and little - Shooting magnificent vistas and urban detail in and around Kendal
The day starts with a short discussion on the objectives for the day’s photography. We drive to the Scout Scar to the west of Kendal, which will give us the opportunity to capture the magnificent views out across the valley to Windermere. For lunch we will head into the historic market town of Kendal, where we can photograph this busy town with its many colourful shop fronts and rustic architecture
Friday: Capturing landscape and water features at arn Hows, Ambleside, Waterhead and Stockghyll Force
Today we explore Tarn Hows, Ambleside, Waterhead and Stockghyll Force. There will be numerous opportunities to explore how to capture some great landscapes and water features on this round trip.
Saturday: depart after a leisurely breakfast
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
What to bring
- your camera and other essential accessories
- memory card
- battery and chargery
- our camera’s instruction manual
- waterproof clothing and outdoor footwear, ideally walking boots
- bag for your camera equipment, spare clothing, lunch, water, etc
- notebook and pencil (pencils work better in the rain!)
- a laptop plus accessories for viewing, editing and sharing images (whilst it’s not absolutely essential, bringing your own laptop will mean you get more from your photography holiday if you shoot digital)
Optional camera accessories (remember you will have to carry some of these)
- spare memory cards
- a spare camera battery
- a spare camera (you never know)
- a small selection of lenses: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example
- filters: neutral density and graduated, polarising
- memory stick or CD for storing images
- a tripod or monopod if you feel more comfortable with one
- camera rain-protector—a shower cap or plastic bag, or something more expensive if you prefer
Discover the Lake District
Monk Coniston is an imposing Gothic property leased from the National Trust and set in 8 acres of grounds, including a restored walled garden and the impressive arboretum. Some particularly impressive specimens, including a giant sequoia (the largest tree in the world) and the wollemi pine can be explored on the Monk Coniston Tree Trail.
Views from the property offer breathtaking glimpses of Coniston Water and the surrounding mountains.
Coniston village is about one mile away – there is a direct path from the house to the village. Here you’ll find a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and a Barclays Bank (open 3 times a week). A wider range of facilities is available in Ambleside, the nearest town, about 8 miles away. The Ruskin Museum is also well worth a visit - find out more about the lake's connections to Donald Campbell and Arthur Ramsome. www.ruskinmuseum.com
During your visit to Monk Coniston you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Steam Yacht Gondola
First cruising Coniston Water 150 years ago, the restored gondola is now operated by the National Trust, stopping at the Monk Coniston jetty at the bottom of the meadow below the house before gliding across the lake, calling at Coniston village and Brantwood House. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/steam-yacht-gondola
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Ride ‘L’al Ratty’ a highly scenic narrow gauge railway which runs from the coast at Ravenglass along beautiful Eskdale. You could combine a visit with a walk over Muncaster Fell, or to Stanley Gill waterfall. www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk
Just a couple of miles from Monk Coniston, John Ruskin's former home commands superb views over the lake. www.brantwood.org.uk
A short walk from the Country House, this man-made water was created by Monk Coniston’s resident owner, James Garth Marshall in 1865, as he continued to develop the estate and expand his pleasure grounds. He built a dam to flood the area, amalgamating several smaller tarns, before planting the shores and islands with new woodlands and specimen trees.
Nearby Grizedale Forest is ideal for mountain biking and also has a popular sculpture trail. You can also experience the Go Ape! high-ropes course – a great option for active teenagers. www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale
Visit this stately home, famous for its magnificent formal garden and topiary displays. www.levenshall.co.uk
Grasmere is about 30 minutes’ drive from Monk Coniston and is famous for its connections with William Wordsworth. The poet’s homes at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount can be visited, the former of which includes the Wordsworth Museum. www.wordsworth.org.uk
Take a cruise along the length of Windermere - England's largest lake. Ferries connect Ambleside in the north to Bowness and Lakeside in the south, where you can connect with the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk, www.lakesiderailway.co.uk
Gondola image ©National Trust Images/Paul Harris
Travel to Conistonwater
Our address is: Monk Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AQ
The nearest train station is at Windermere. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
The 13 mile journey from Windermere railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £27. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Monk Coniston Manager.
From Windermere station you can catch the 505 bus direct to Monk Coniston - the bus stop is right outside our Country House. Journey time is around 50 minutes. For bus times see www.traveline.info
From Ambleside take the A593 signposted to Coniston. Turn sharp left over a narrow bridge, then after half a mile turn left onto the B5286, signposted to Hawkshead. About 3 miles along this road, and just before Hawkshead, turn right onto the B5285, signposted to Coniston. Follow this road over Hawkshead Hill. The road descends then goes around a 180° bend to the left. The entrance to Monk Coniston is on the left about 100yds after the bend. There is car parking available within the grounds.
Travelling from overseas
For most guests the most convenient option is to book a flight to Manchester Airport. There are direct trains every hour from Manchester Airport to Oxenholme - this is straightforward journey - allow 1½ hours to Oxenholme. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Oxenholme station you can complete the journey to Monk Coniston by bus or taxi (see above).
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4 hours to reach Oxenholme. From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. Next take the Underground train to London Euston. Finally the main line train from London Euston to Oxenholme takes 2½ hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Cheryl is a professional photographer with her own workshop and holiday company based on Anglesey. Cheryl’s first great love is the landscape; she loves being outdoors soaking up the atmosphere of a location, making a ‘connection’ with something ‘bigger’ and channelling that in her photography. Cheryl has an innate ability to simplify the technical aspects of photography, she also strives to help people really get a ‘feel’ for the landscape and translate that into creativity and ‘making’ rather than simply ‘taking’ beautiful photographs.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person