The Lake District National Park is a mountainous region of England. While the mountains do not scale the heights of the Rocky Mountains, they are an impressive sight. This photo essay focuses on the southwest region of the Lake District, an area which is home to Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Kirk Fell and Illgill Head, as well some cracking country pubs.
Storm in the Lake District
The clouds roll through the fells of the Lake District, within mere minutes the view in the distance was shrouded in dark clouds.
Wast Water is England’s deepest lake with a depth of 258 feet (79m). Stretching three miles in length and one-third of a mile across, Wast Water is owned by the National Trust. This photograph was taken looking towards Wasdale Head, with Great Gable in the background.
Wasdale Head: This small, scattered hamlet in the Lake District National Park has a few claims to fame. Firstly it is homes to the aforementioned deepest lake in England (Wast Water), secondly, it is also home to England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. This photograph was taken looking back towards Wasdale Head, the large white building is the Wasdale Inn, a welcome sight for weary fell walkers.
Down the Valley
While the mountains or fells as they are known in the Lake District are not particularly high by Canadian and Fernie standards, they are steep, rising rapidly. This photograph is looking back down the valley towards Wasdale Head. This part of the Lake District is home to England’s highest peaks, including Scafell Pike, Sca Fell, Great Gable, Pillar and Kirk Fell.
Illgill Head is a Fell in Lake District National Park, better known for the screes which line the shoreline of Wast Water. This photograph was taken just shy of the summit of Illgill Head. The Lake District is renowned as the home of British mountaineering and while the Illgill Head hike is somewhat challenging, there are more daunting hikes to be done in the park, including the infamous Mt. Helvellyn hike and her striding edge.
Burnmoor Tarn is one of the largest tarns in the Lake District National Park. The tarn is accessible from four different directions, Scafell, Boot, Miterdale and Wasdale Head. Set in a large hollow between Boot and Wasdale Head, Burnmoor Tarn is surrounded by boggy grassland. Across the tarn from the Wasdale Head side is an old fishing lodge. This photograph was taken using a 10-stop ND filter.