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Lake District - Explore the heart of English (Part 2)

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 ‘Optimism is the name of the game, it’s no good moaning about the weather.’

Let’s not forget to explore the remnants from an industrial era; visit Hodges Close, a slate quarry to the south of Little Langdale. This wonderful location provides the opportunity to shoot fine art landscapes as well as a much lesser known location, Cathedral Quarry. This huge cave has a large slate ‘knife blade’ that is still intact, supporting the ceiling from imminent collapse. With a large hole pouring light into the cave, it’s possible to shoot reflections and abstract images, making it perfect to visit on one of those rainy days.

Description: Little Langdale

Hodges Close, a slate quarry to the south of Little Langdale

Move to the town of Keswick and gain access to some of the Lakes’ best panoramic scenery. On the edges of Derwent Water, this town offers a great base to photograph some special viewpoints. The Lake itself has an array of opportunities, but if your online research has unveiled some characterful and weathered jetties, they have sadly been replaced with modern ones. Begin a dawn shoot at Latrigg viewpoints as this is an easy starting point. Drive to the car park and walk along the gravel path to a truly spectacular view over Keswick. Derwent Water and to the mountains beyond. The fells rise steeply here with High Crags and Causey Pike standing like a gateway to the remote, more mystical upper fells.

Catbells, a cousin of these peaks, is easily accessed and considerably high, offering panoramic views for mils around. Park beneath the peak in any number of laybys and climb the steep pathway on the top. Although exhausting, the photography from this point can be sublime, and views across Derwent Water never disappoint. Those hidden behind in the Newlands Valley, a plateau of farmland, mark the end of the agricultural fields as the fells rise majestically upward. Finally let’s not forget Castlerigg Stone Circle, a simple roadside shoot that can give surprising results, even in complicated weather.

Optimism is the name of the game in the Lake District. It’s no good moaning about the weather, just like Scotland it can change remarkably quickly. A slate grey sky can open out, blasting the landscape with a dramatic sidelight. Then again, don’t be surprised if extended walks remain a test of stamina rather than unlocking new potential. It’s a tough place, but when it all comes together, the results are more than worth it, and there is no better place to be.

Lake District, England

Description: Windermere - Lake District, England

Windermere - Lake District, England

The towns of Keswick, Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness are ideal places to stay, shoot and explore.

Langdales

Description: Langdales

Langdales

Unlike the Peak District the Lakes can be sparse on health, and this view from Side Pikes over to Langdale Pikes one of the most breathtaking.

Castlerigg

Description: Castlerigg

Castlerigg

Don’t let uninspiring summer weather pull the creative handbrake. This is mountain country and the unexpected can happen. An intense burst of side light illuminates stones at Castlerigg Stone Circle like a torch shone through a crack in a door.

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