It can be hard to put into words the beauty of the Lake District – you have to visit to appreciate how wonderful it is – although many have tried. Here’s one of the best, and certainly the most famous, opening lines from one of our local poets:
I wandered lonely as a Cloud
Wordsworth composed the poem in 1804, two years after he saw the flowers while walking with his sister Dorothy near Ullswater on a stormy day. In her diary for 15th April 1802 Dorothy described how the daffodils tossed and reeled and danced, and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind, that blew upon them over the lake …
John Keats wasn’t from the Lake District – he was a Cockney in fact – but the opening line from his poem Endymion seems very appropriate:
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever
We certainly hope that the Lake District is a joy for ever, and won’t apologise for quoting Shakespeare out of context:
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
You get the gist – this marvellous part of the country is indeed a thing of beauty. And here’s why!
Recommendations from a Lake District Photographer
I live locally, and in my time have travelled extensively all over the Lake District – naturally to all the better known locations but also to some of the less touristy out-of-the-way places, which ordinarily people wouldn’t find.
What I’ve learned is this. You’re never far from a wonderful photograph. And it doesn’t matter about the weather – some of the best shots come in the snow and rain. And some of the very best photographs come from the out-of-the-way places! So here’s a list of twelve of my favourite places in the area, some of which we’ve already mentioned:
- Wastwater (note that in 2007 this was voted Britain’s favourite view) – England’s deepest lake
- Rydal Water
- Bassenthwaite Lake
- Derwentwater (used as background photography in the new star wars film)
- Tarn Hows near Coniston
- Scafell Pike (England’s highest mountain at 978m)
- Borger Dalr
- Corpse Road, Loweswater
- Stagshaw Gardens (especially between April and June for the flowers)
- Friar’s Crag, Keswick (a view described by John Ruskin as one of the three most beautiful scenes in Europe!)
There are so many more wonderful views, but this list gives you some excellent places to start.
Find a photographer who knows the area
Follow my recommendations, and use local knowledge wherever you can, but go off the beaten track for the real gems …
You can of course – and should! – have your own adventures and take your own shots. But if you want a professional Lake District Photographer – who knows the area intimately – to capture moments and views for you … whether it’s for a wedding, family portraits, commercial use, or whatever … then you’re in the right place.