The Lake District , also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in the northwest corner of England, in the county of Cumbria. Covering 885 square miles it is home to William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, England’s highest mountain, Cumberland Wrestling & the Cumberland Sausage! With its panorama of craggy hilltops (fells), mountains, tarns and lakes it attracts over 16 million visitors a year. Visit in the Autumn to catch the spectacular colours of the leaves and fells with mist covered lakes and valleys or in winter to capture the snow capped fells in their majesty. There are few if any restrictions regarding photography within the Lakes
Although there is public transport within the Lakes, this is limited and having your own transport is therefore advisable. The Lake District is one of the safest places to live, work and visit having relatively low levels of crime compared to other areas in England and Wales. However, normal common sense should be applied regarding your camera gear, don’t leave it unattended or in plain view in your vehicle when parked. You can photograph throughout the National Park with confidence both day and night. Care needs to be taken when on the fells as the terrain can be slippery and treacherous; stick to the pathways at all times. You should always let somebody know of your planned route and avoid being alone where possible. The mobile network within the Lakes is patchy at best and in most of the valleys nonexistent due to the terrain. Although most of the built up areas have coverage. The weather is unpredictable in the Lakes so check the local forecasts before venturing out, always take adequate warm and waterproof clothing with you.
It’s difficult to choose a favourite from within the Lakes but the Keswick area is packed with little gems. From the ancient monument that is Castlerigg Stone Circle, the remoteness of Tewet Tarn nearby, the ever popular Ashness Bridge & Surprise View, along with all the bays, jetties and shores of Derwent Water. The bustling market town of Keswick is an ideal base to visit the North Lakes with Buttermere, Crummock Water, Ullswater, Thirlmere and Borrowdale all within easy reach from there. An ideal base for the Southern Lakes would be the bustling town of Ambleside with Rydal Water, Grasmere, Windermere and Coniston Water all close by.
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About the author of the guide
Born in Cumbria I’ve lived on the edge of the Lake District for most of my life and have slowly become more passionate about the area and its rugged beauty. As a latecomer to photography I love nothing more than spending time walking and discovering new locations to shoot on the fells and lakes. I find myself returning to the same locations time and time again, this enable me to truly understand its beauty and how to get the best out of its mood, light and atmosphere. My love of photography for me, means early starts where there’s a new challenge each day bringing excitement whilst also wondering if the light and weather will play..