The haunting allure of the Lake District captures visitors imagination long before they set foot in this beautiful corner of England. The words of William Wordsworth, Arthur Ransome, and Beatrix Potter reverberate throughout the landscape of this protected national park, while artists such as John Ruskin captured the beauty of the land on canvas.
The landscape is mesmerizing. Rich, a golden light illuminates the peaks, wildflowers glisten in the meadows and the lakes sparkle throughout Britain’s finest scenery; A photographer’s dream location.
The Lake District National Park covers a total area of 885 square miles and has been protected since the early 1950s. Its patchwork of woodlands, lakes, valley bottoms and mountain tops make the Lake District England’s adventure playground.
The Lake District is an array of bedazzling lakes, peaks, and valleys, where mountaineering and climbing were first pioneered in England and where you can escape to for a weekend adventure.
Of course another attraction, for photographers at least, is the unpredictable nature of the weather. It is not unusual to experience all four seasons in a day, rain showers and clouds only add to the dramatic scenery.
Tips for exploring the Lake District National Park
1. Hire a car – hiring a car is essential for a visit to the Lake District. The Lakes, as they are affectionately known, are remote and while there are excellent transports links to the main towns which surround the Lake District, if you really want to explore the far-flung corners of The Lakes, your own mode of transport is a must. Then, park up, put on your hiking boots and get yourself up that mountain.
2. Get your bearings – this can be done even before you get to the Lake District. Thanks to google maps and their excellent 3D maps, you can really get an idea of the lay of the land. Perfect for photographers and hikers who wish to get to the topology.
3. Home to England’s Poets – the above point is to give you a visual of the Lake District. This point allows readers to get a literary feel for the Lake District. Read Wordsworth, Ransome, Potter and Ruskin. Learn the literary past of the Lakes.
4. Check the weather and plan ahead – planning ahead is key to a great trip to the Lake District. Check the forecast as the weather can change in mere minutes.
5. Hike England’s Highest Peak (or any of the other mountains in the region). Scafell Pike is the reason why so many people head to the Lake District, yet it is not the only Fell worth hiking. In the Wasdale Head area alone there are numerous hikes to get your legs burning, including Great Gable, Kirk Fell, and Red Pike.
6.Find a country pub and settle in – sometimes when the weather is close your best bet is to hurry down the mountain and hole up in the nearest pub. Luckily in the Lake District, there are a ton of quality, quirky and cosy pubs.
7. Camp – be in the heart of the lake district and wildness and camp. Wild camp above the highest Fell wall and you’ll find you have an amazing campsite all to yourself. The view at sunset and sunrise will also be second to none.