The A Word's Lake District Filming Locations


Popular BBC drama series, The A Word, is back for a second series.

The show, starring Christopher Eccleston, which follows the family life of a young boy with autism, was filmed around the Lake District, and you can spot many of the area's beautiful locations in both seasons. If you'd love to know where the A Word is filmed, we've got a handy guide to satiate your curiosity!

Birkrigg Cottage

Birkrigg Cottage in the Newlands ValleySally's Cottages' own Birkrigg Cottage features prominently in the series as the main family's home. Why not book a holiday at the cottage?

The Newlands Valley

The Newlands Valley in the Lake DistrictThe Newlands Valley is the location of the Huges family's home, and the scenery is just as breathtaking as you see on the show. The area is a walker's paradise with steep ridges and high fells for experienced walkers and climbers as well as gentler walks for families and those who want to see the scenery without the hard slog! The area is also synonymous with Beatrix Potter's Mrs Tiggywinkle, who lived in a tiny cottage in the valley.

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Thirlmere from Helvellyn in the Lake DistrictThrilmere is a gorgeous reservoir to the west of the Helvellyn Ridge. The dam at its northern end was constructed in the 19th century, raising the water level and flooding the valley bottom. A small road winds its way along the western edge, and this is the best place from which to appreciate the surroundings. Park your car at one of the numerous lay-bys or car parks and take a walk along the peaceful lakeshore paths and forest trails.

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Keswick Shops in the Lake DistrictKeswick, on the shores of beautiful Derwentwater, is a Lake District favourite, and it's easy to see why! Set amidst breathtaking scenery, this bustling market town offers activities galore with plenty of shops and eateries as well as outdoor adventure activities, museums, an art-deco cinema, an award-winning theatre, and unlimited walks. Derwentwater is just a short potter away from the town centre and is well worth exploring. You can head off on a walk along the shores, into the jaws of Borrowdale, and then catch a stately Launch back to Keswick, where you can enjoy some tasty food.

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Honister Pass

Honister Slate Mine in the Lake DistrictConnecting the Buttermere and Borrowdale valleys, Honister Pass is one of Cumbria's highest roads. This picturesque, winding road makes up part of a wonderful route for confident drivers to explore, as it passes Buttermere and Crummock - two of Lakelands most picturesque lakes that nonetheless remain relatively untouched by heavy tourism. At the top of Honister Pass is Honister Slate Mine and a Via Ferrata. The mine offers tours and the Via Ferrata boasts Europe's longest rope bridge, the Infinity Bridge - not for the faint hearted! From the Honister Slate Mine, walkers can set off up Great Gable or Dale Head.

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Bridge House in AmblesideDramatic mountains provide a stunning backdrop to the little town of Ambleside, which has a busy market place, lots of interesting shops, and three cinemas. Bridge House, a quirky little 17th century building sitting on a tiny bridge, is a must-see: it now serves as a shop for the National Trust and is one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District!

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Morning light over Buttermere in the Lake DistrictA new addition to The A Word in season two, Buttermere is regularly voted as one of the best views in the whole of the UK. The small lake is a twin to neighbouring Crummock Water and the two lakes are knotted together by the small village of Buttemere, which has two inns, two cafés, and an ice cream parlour. Buttermere makes for a perfect, easy stroll, with a gentle, four and a half-mile circular route bringing you back round to the village. The scenery here really is stunning with, amongst others, Haystacks - Alfred Wainwright's favourite fell - towering over the southeast edge of the lake.

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Broughton town squareAlthough the main town in The A Word is made up of a number of different areas, the lovely, cobbled town square of Broughton-in-Furness is easily recognisable. Set in the picturesque Duddon Valley, this ancient market town boasts a wealth of interesting history. Its location in the valley means it was an important strategical spot for Celts, Romans, and Vikings, and it has a 300-year-old pub, The Old King's Head.

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Coniston in the Lake DistrictA small portion of the series was filmed in The Black Bull inn, a 400-year-old coaching inn in Coniston. This lovely village is already well-known for a host of reasons. Arthur Ransome, the author of Swallows and Amazons, was inspired by the lake, and locations in his book are directly influenced by the area. It is also the place where Donald Campbell was tragically killed whilst trying to break the world water speed record, and where Victorian thinker, John Ruskin, bought a home (Brantwood House, which is now open to the public).

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Kendal in CumbriaSet just off the southeast border of the national park, Kendal is known as the southern gateway to the Lake District. You simply can't visit this town without having a taste of their famous Kendal Mint Cake - a delicious treat for anyone with a sweet tooth! There are also two castles, lots of shops and eateries, two museums, and photo-worthy surroundings.

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We hope you enjoyed learning about some of the stunning filming locations from The A Word. Find your own perfect cottage from which to explore these beautiful spots yourself.


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