The Southern Lake District
The southern Lake District is the most visited region in the national park. It is best known for England’s largest lake and the Lake District’s largest town, both called ‘Windermere’.
Given its popularity it’s no surprise that it contains some of the finest photography locations in the Lake District.
Located just south of the busy town of Ambleside, Waterhead is at the northern end of Windermere lake.
From Borrans Park there are wonderful views of the lake. A still day offers great opportunities to photograph the boats that are moored there.
However, when the wind is up you are probably better heading south to Holme Crag. From here you can shoot the view across the lake towards the Coniston fells.
Parking: Car park at Waterhead
Walking: Borrans Park – 200m on tarmac paths, mobility scooter friendly. Holme Crag – 1km on tarmac and grassy paths
Millerground lies directly between Windermere town and Windermere lake.
Here there are a number of jetties to photograph and who doesn’t love a jetty shot?
The other side of the lake can be a little messy. Therefore it’s best to shoot here at sunset when there is interest in the sky or in the morning when there is mist sitting in the lake.
Parking: Lay-by on the A592
Walking: 250m on rough paths
A comparatively little known location High Dam near Finsthwaite is a hidden gem.
This small reservoir surrounded by trees offers countless photographic opportunities particularly when conditions are poor. This makes it ideal for a spot of black and white photography.
The island on western edge makes for a wonderful subject and misty conditions can help to isolate it from the background.
Parking: Car park at High Dam
Walking: 1km on rough paths, up hill!
Extremely popular with visitors to the Lake District Tarn Hows is another location with infinite possibilities.
The 1.5 mile path that runs around the edge of the tarn is a joy to explore with a camera. Be warned though, Tarn Hows can get very busy so it’s best to arrive early.
Again this is another location that works when the light is not at its best.
Parking: National Trust car park at Tarn Hows
Walking: 200m on good paths, mostly mobility scooter friendly but it is hilly in places to make sure you are fully charged! If you’ve left yours at home you can still hire one from the National Trust.
Kelly Hall Tarn
One of my favourite locations in the whole of the Lake District Kelly Hall Tarn is just a few hundred metres from the Land Rover dealership near Torver.
There are wonderful views across the tarn towards the Old Man of Coniston which looks particularly fine in the winter when there is snow on the upper slopes.
My favourite composition involves shooting south west across the tarn towards the lone tree. Therefore this is probably a sunset location.
Parking: The car park opposite Lakeland Land Rover
Walking: 200m on rough paths
Many of us will forever associate Coniston Water with the crash that killed Donald Campbell as he attempted to reclaim the water speed record in 1967.
There are many locations from which to photograph Coniston Water but my favourite has to be the beach at Brown How.
From here you get wonderful views looking north towards the village of Coniston.
Parking: Lay-by on the A5048
Walking: <100m on the roadside, mobility scooter friendly but potentially not necessary
The southern Lake District has many wonderful photography locations. If I have missed out your favourite why not let me know by leaving a comment below.