Lake District Location Guides

 
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In this section I’ve put together a bit more information and some helpful tips to photographing some of my favourite areas in the Lake District.

The idea behind this is to give you a bit of an insight into my approach and methods when tackling these various locations and also to showcase some other images I have from the Lakes which might not appear in the Portfolio section.

I’ll continue to populate this section as I cover more and more ground, hopefully this will prove to be an invaluable resource for your own photography.

Stuart

The Western Lakes

Wastwater

Wastwater

The western lakes is what i would call ‘home’

Wild, rugged, changeable, remote. Just how I like it.

When I started my photography, naturally I gravitated towards shooting the immediate area around me, luckily for me, that area was the Western Lakes and most notably, Wasdale.

In order to break this down better I’ll cover the areas I know in sepearate detail and provide a little information on each location in terms of when is best to shoot and any local knowledge you should be aware of.

Wastwater

Rocks and boulders dominate the area around the top end of the lake

Rocks and boulders dominate the area around the top end of the lake

This is perhaps the area I know the best in the Lake District, with living only a short 10 minute drive from this beautiful place. I consider myself to be extemely fortunate to be in this position, as photographers from far and wide flock to this place all year round to try and capture something special here.

Wastwater itself is the epitome of all those adjectives I used earlier, and then some. With its close proximity to the coast, the wind will often whip off the sea and turn the lake into something more resembling a seascape, which is often when it’s at its best. The lake is surrounded by the highest ground in England, the Scafell massif, and also the rather grand looking fells of Yewbarrow and Great Gable.

What to shoot?

The first place people tend to go to is the lake, starting at the area immediately surrrounding the main layby’s simply because it provides easy access to the shoreline. Shooting this area is a great choice if the water is relatively low, revealing many of the large rocks that scatter the shoreline, providing plenty of foreground interest (see image right). The one issue you have to be careful of however is the island in the mid-distance when can encroach on many compositions. I’d tend to avoid this area if the water levels are really high, where many of the rocks then become submerged and hidden.

The second place I would perhaps look at is much further down the lake, about 500m before you get to Overbeck car park. There is a small pull in which is often empty, leaving a short walk down to a small secluded bay where there is a rather nice fence which leads into the water. This can be shot from either side of the fence, and is a great option as an alternative to higher up the lake near the layby’s if the water level is high. This spot also offers probably a better view of the Scafells which are partially hidden from further up the lake.

The fence posts at this secluded bay make a great lead-in

The fence posts at this secluded bay make a great lead-in

The third place I would consider shooting here is much further up from the lake itself - Lingmell Beck feeds Wastwater from the north end and flows down from the valley which separates Lingmell and Great Gable. You can access this small series of waterfalls by following the path past