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A love-letter to the timeless beauty of the English Lake District

I love the Lake District. I know its been photographed to death, and it can be busy - it can make the London Underground at rush hour look like an oasis of calm at times. Oh, but the water and hills! The play of light across the fells; by turns dark and gloomy, then bathed in a golden glow. Some of my most enjoyable photographic experiences have been spent in the Lake District. More about the Lake District


ABOUT THE LAKE DISTRICT

Like any photographer who has spent any length of time in the Lake District I have my favourite locations. A few may be obvious to anyone who has explored the Lakes; the jetty at Hawes End on Derwent Water is a favourite of mine, as is the shore of Buttermere by Dalegarth Wood, and the shallow waters of Brothers Water with its collection of lily pads. Other favourite spots might be a bit more obscure, even for seasoned Lake District enthusiasts. I love the view over Ullswater from Hallin Fell, on the 'other' side of the lake. And the trail along the Derwent from Rosthwaite is wonderful. One of my favourite locations, though, is one that relatively few visitors get to; that's the road over Birker Fell between Ulpha and Eskdale. This is a real undiscovered pleasure, and the views towards the peaks of the western Lakes in late evening is absolutely stunning.

Perhaps one feature of the Lake District landscape that doesn't get as much attention as it should are the waterfalls. My goodness there are some beautiful waterfalls in the national park! A few a quite popular with visitors, primarily because they are relatively easy to get to. Places like Lodore Falls and Aira Force draw hordes of vsitors each year. Lodore even has its own poem, for goodness sake. But other falls are less well know though just as impressive. Scale Force, near Buttermere, is a beautiful waterfall, and Taylor Gill near Seathwaite has a stunning, almost sheer drop. But there are others, like the one on little Angletarn Beck, near Hartsop, or Spout Force, near High Lorton. Another of my favourites is the series of falls on Stickle Ghyll, above the Langdale valley.

One of my favourite places is Castlerigg Stone Circle, just outside Keswick. Castlerigg has almost a split personality. Come at dawn, and it seems remote and possessed of a timeless mystery. But come on a warm summe evening for a glorious sunset and you might find that half the population of Keswick has come along, too. Or so it seems.

I haven't even mentioned one of my favourite locations; Wast Water, in the western Lakes. Many people pass by Wast Water on their way to popular walking trails from Wasdale Head, including a very picturesque trail up Scafell Pike. But the lake itself offers wonderful views towards Scafell, Great Gable, and Lingmell, a view that made a recent shortlist for favourite British views.

I know the Lakes can be crowded; there's even a special name for the long, sinuous line of vehicles you can sometimes find trying to edge their way along narrow lanes meant for small carts; the Lake District crocodile. And yet for all that, there's a reason people flock to this area. It offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain. And that will keep me coming back.