The Most Popular Photography Locations in the Lake District


There's an immense number of beautiful landscapes to photograph in the Lake District. Views from the highest mountains, panoramas over lakes, images of dappled woodland... it really is a photographer's dream! Whether you're a complete pro, an enthusiastic amateur, or a casual phone photographer, you can snap away to your heart's content.

But there are some Lake District photography locations that stand out above the rest and never lose their appeal. Read on for our guide to the most popular photography locations in the Lake District - a set of must-have landscapes for any photographer's portfolio!

1. Buttermere Pines

Photo of the Buttermere Pines in the Lake District
Whatever the season, the famous pines at Buttermere look stunning. Reflected in the tranquil waters of the lake and backed by the craggy hulk of Haystacks fell, this is quintessential Lakeland in a single image. Get there early to catch the dawn light before the crowds - the serenity is well worth the early alarm.

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2. Great Gable and Wasdale Head

Photo of Great Gable, Wasdale Head and Wastwater in the Lake DistrictThe imposing view of Great Gable over Wastwater is the very picture of the Lake District. We mean that literally, as it's this image that's represented in the National Park's official logo! Conjuring thoughts of adventure and remoteness, this is a photo that always packs a punch.

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3. Duke of Portland Boathouse, Ullswater

Photo of Duke of Portland Boathouse on UllswaterIt's widely agreed that Ullswater is the most beautiful of all the Lake District lakes, so it will come as no surprise that photography opportunities abound here! The Duke of Portland Boathouse shows up again and again thanks to its location right on the water's edge, looking out on views that will ignite romance in even the hardest of hearts!

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4. Firar's Crag, Derwentwater

Photo of bench on Friar's Crag looking over Derwentwater to BorrowdaleTake a short stroll from the centre of Keswick, through tranquil woodland, and you'll end up at a perfectly-placed bench that looks over Derwentwater towards the impressive Jaws of Borrowdale. This is Friar's Crag and, thanks to its easy access, it's a must-see for all visitors to Keswick, whether you come armed with a camera or not!

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5. Striding Edge, Helvellyn

Photo of Striding Edge on Helvellyn in the Lake DistrictThis photo op isn't for the faint hearted! If you're an experienced hiker, though, Striding Edge on Helvellyn is an iconic image that you must snap. The steep, craggy climb is a hair-raising route that requires good balance and nerves of steel. But if you have the grit - and the skill - this is an excellent addition to your portfolio!

6. The Langdales

Photo of the Langdale Pikes over Elterwater in the Lake District"No mountain profile arrests and excites the attention more than that of the Langdale Pike." We couldn't put it better than Alfred Wainwright! Made to look even more spectacular behind the diminutive village of Elterwater, the sharply-rising peaks of the Langdales are everything you would expect from Lake District mountain scenery.

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7. Aira Force

Photo of Aira Force in the Lake DistrictThere's something strangely magnetic and fascinating about a waterfall, and Aira Force is one of the best in the Lakes. Dropping 20 metres under a picturesque stone bridge, this is one where you'll want your waterproofs! The more rain that falls, the more spectacular the photo. If you're very lucky, you may even catch it frozen in winter, which is simply magical.

8. Tarn Hows

Photo of Tarn Hows in the Lake DistrictThough Tarn Hows is man-made, it's still one of the best loved and picturesque spots in the Lake District - and for good reason! It's surrounded by the Coniston fells and wooded landscape, with a pretty island standing proudly in the centre of the water. There's easy access, too, with a car park nearby, and a Miles Without Stiles route to a viewpoint that's perfect for a picture or two.

9. Ashness Bridge

Photo of Ashness Bridge in Borrowdale, the Lake DistrictUp a steep road in Borrowdale and with views of Derwentwater, Ashness Bridge is a pretty stonebuilt bridge with a river tumbling beneath it. It's an ideal spot for a lunchtime jaunt and a picnic while you immortalise the view with your camera. You can drive up and park in the National Trust car park, and don't forget to head uphill a little further to take in Surprise View!

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10. Catbells

Photo of Catbells and Derwentwater in the Lake DistrictFor an iconic image of the Lake District, you couldn't do much better than with a photo of Catbells. Between Derwentwater and the Newlands Valley, the shape of this fell is instantly recognisable. Take your pick of a photo from down below, or head to the top for a spectacular panorama. Either way, it's a photographer's dream!


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