With smartphone cameras constantly improving, you are almost never without a high-quality camera wherever you are. When holidaying in the Lake District, you should be making the most of the mountains by recording some memories amongst those fantastic views. Today we will be considering some of the best places to take those pictures that will give your friends holiday envy.
Boats on Bowness
The boats on Bowness are an all-time favourite and easily accessible for anyone staying in our luxury self catering accommodation in the Lake District. There are so many different possibilities for taking photos on Bowness; you could start with a panorama of the bay before progressing to a family selfie on one of the boats themselves, but for a super swanky boat selfie you should consider boarding a private charter such as My Lake Cruise based at Windermere Marina Village.
On the other hand, a rowboat for two is a beautifully romantic experience!
For one of the best views of Windermere, why not travel to Kirkstone Pass? You can either take the 508 Lakes bus which travels from Windermere to Penrith and will stop outside of the Kirkstone Pass Inn, or you can drive up and park in the numerous lay bys and car parks that afford great views.
Kirkstone Pass is elevated high above Windermere in far off hills and has a few much-loved nearby walks for experienced climbers, such as the clamber up Red Screes. You can take some amazing pictures by ascending Red Screes on a clear day, but for an easier photo opportunity everyone will enjoy a stop off at the Kirkstone Pass Inn.
Have a bite to eat outdoors on one of their picnic benches so that you can capture the ultimate food picture overlooking the lustrous Lake Windermere.
Yet another picnic-perfect place, Skelwith Bridge on Brathay river is en route to Little Langdale if you are driving so you could easily manage both in one day.
To reach Skelwith Bridge, we recommend parking outside the Britannia Inn by Elterwater, then walking towards the bridge which is less than two miles away. Along the way, you will have plenty of photo opportunities by the river, as well as wildlife shots such as lambs in the Spring.
The bridge does make for a good photo opportunity, but there are other spots along the way that you should consider visiting too, such as the elegant Elterwater and Skelwith Force Waterfall.
Loughrigg Fell & Tarn
On the walk between Rydal Water and Grasmere, the circular walk around Loughrigg begins. This fell is noted for providing some of the best views in the Lake District looking out over Windermere and Ambleside, but be warned because there are some boggy areas to watch out for as well as some particularly steep sections.
Rydal Water & River Rothay
For a tamer walk than Loughrigg Fell, you should try Rydal Water. Easily a family favourite, this walk from Ambleside, past Rydal and up to Grasmere almost always sports an ice cream van to cheer up weary walkers on a hot day. For tired legs there’s always the option of an open top bus ride back o the starting point.
Rydal is especially perfect in the summer as many take to swimming in the rivers and lakes on this walk. If you are an adventurer, you’ll want to get some pictures here.
Aira Force by Ullswater
Aira Force is probably the most photographed spot in the Lake District. This waterfall walk is breathtaking for two reasons; it’s a wonderful waterfall and a work-out to get there. You can reach Aira Force by driving or you could take one of the many Lakes Buses that can provide you with stress-free transport across Cumbria. There are many popular picnic spots overlooking the waterfall on this walk, on top of the opportunity to make a pit stop by Ullswater and take a few scenic pictures there too.
Unlike many of the fell walks, pictures taken at Aira Falls will not be spoiled by a rainy day. In fact, misty weather may even add an element of atmosphere and fantasy.
The Lovely Langdales
Langdale might not be as well photographed as Aira Force, but many would quote this spot as their favourite hang out in the Lake District. The walk is steep and challenging but very rewarding, featuring a pristine mountain tarn at the summit and a quaint pub at the base of the walk. If you want a chance to celebrate your fitness goals, then you should be taking a selfie atop these gorgeous summits.
Some Extra Tips
Anyone can take a picture of a view, and most probably have, but you can make your album your own by including some selfies, getting the dog involved and taking some energetic shots of you and the kids enjoying your adventures. Remember to prepare for all weathers and follow advice from Mountain Rescue and the Lake District National Park Authority before setting out.
There are so many other views left for you to see in the Lake District, so don’t hesitate to visit us during your next holiday or free weekend. We look forward to supporting you!