The Eastern Lake District
The eastern Lake District is the most accessible region in the national park. The shores of Ullswater are less than 5 miles from junction 40 of the M6.
The dramatic scenery that includes the Helvellyn mountain range provides some wonderful scope for photography.
The Duke of Portland Boathouse
The view of Ullswater from the Duke of Portland Boathouse has to be one of the most iconic in the whole of the Lake District.
The boathouse can be found sitting alongside the A592 just west of the village of Pooley Bridge. When the lake is high you will have to shoot from the road so beware of passing cars!
It is best photographed in the morning when the rising sun lights up the front of the boathouse.
Parking: Lay-by in front of the boathouse
Walking: <100m on the roadside, mobility scooter friendly but potentially not necessary
Glencoyne is one of my favourite locations in the whole of the Lake District. Whenever I visit it feels like meeting up with an old friend.
I like to shoot here around May and July when the run rises directly behind Pooley Bridge.
There are many compositions to be found if you are prepared to explore in the shoreline, particularly if you head south towards Glenridding.
Parking: National Trust car park at Glencoyne
Walking: <100m, but not mobility scooter friendly
Brothers Water is a small lake south of the village of Patterdale at the foot of the Kirkstone Pass.
If you park at the wonderfully named Cow Bridge car park and take the path to the west of the lake you will find a couple of nice compositions.
However, I think the best shot is at the other end of the lake. On a still day you get wonderful reflections of High Hartsopp Dodd, Middle Dodd and Cauldale Moor.
Parking: Cow Bridge car park
Walking: 800m on gravel paths
Nestled hill up in the hills above the small village of Hartsop Angle Tarn is an area of rugged natural beauty.
Its jagged shore provides almost endless scope for photography. You could spend a week here and still not explore every possibility.
Perhaps it is this overwhelming variety that has stopped me getting a shot that I am happy with here. One thing is for sure. I will keep coming back!
Parking: Cow Bridge car park
Walking: 3 miles including a 400m ascent. Allow at least 90 minutes.
For such a diminutive fell Hallin Fell certainly punches above it’s weight!
It’s just a short climb from the St Peter’s church in Martindale to the summit but with views in all directions it serves as both a sunrise and sunset location.
The 12 foot summit cairn is impressive and makes for an excellent subject. There are also numerous rocky out crops that work well as foreground interest.
Parking: St Peter’s Church, Martindale
Walking: 800m including a 120m ascent
The view of Rough Crag rising out of the Haweswater Reservoir up to the summit of High Street is one of my favourite in the eastern Lake District.
The reservoir is of course man made yet in many ways it enhances the rugged beauty of the surrounding landscape. In this respect it is a metaphor for the Lake District as a whole.
For me the view from Whiteacre Crag is not to be missed. To my eye it is as impressive as any in the Lake District.
Parking: Lay-by at the foot of the Old Corpse Road
Walking: 500m on tarmac roads