My Best Lake District Views

My Top 8 best views in the Lakes for photography

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This view of Wastwater was voted Britain’s Favourite View in 2007 by television viewers.

I've visited the Lake District quite a bit over the years and being a keen walker & photographer I've explored many of the fells, valleys and lakes in search of the best views and I have came across lots of beautiful places. There are many stunning sights in the lakes around every corner and I'd recommend anyone with a love of the outdoors and landscapes to visit the area.

In terms of my best views for photography - some places are really accessible that anyone can walk too (such as Friars Crag - even accessible by a wheel chair), whereas others require more effort! Anyway below are my favourite views:

My Top 8 Best Lake District Views I have been lucky to photograph

#1 View from Low Fell, looking towards Crummock Water, Lake District

Low Fell Walk, Crummock Water, Buttermere, Loweswater, Best Lake District view
This view is from Low Fell over Crummock Water. Low Fell is not a particularly well-known fell in the Lake District and is a little away from the main tourist areas - so it's not as popular as some of the more well-known summits. And whilst Low Fell is not particularly difficult to walk up - it presents some stunning views and is well worth a visit, particularly on a summers evening when the sun is going down behind you, illuminating this magnificent landscape.

#2 Looking over Buttermere Lake towards Fleetwith Pike & Haystacks, Lake District

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Looking over Buttermere lake towards Fleetwith Pike (near the tree) and Haystacks (Alfred Wainwrights favourite Lake District mountain) to the right of Fleetwith Pike. 

#3 Ullswater from Gowbarrow Fell, Lake District

Ullswater on this Gowbarrow fell walk, looking towards Glenridding and the Helvellyn range. This is a lovely walk providing some of the best views of Ullswater, and also including Aira Force.
Ullswater from Green Hill on this Gowbarrow fell walk, looking towards Glenridding and the Helvellyn range. This is a lovely walk providing some of the best views of Ullswater, and also including Aira Force.

#4 View from Haystacks

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Possibly the best sunset I have witnessed in the Lake District - from Haystacks near Buttermere - looking towards Crummock Water & Ennerdale. Haystacks was Alfred Wainwrights favourite Mountain and with this view you can see why. In terms of walking to the summit of Haystacks - most people start from Buttermere lake and whilst there is some steep walking - it's not as strenuous as some of the higher peaks in the Lake District.   © Photo by Stuart Hodgson

#5 Blea Tarn looking towards the Langdale Pikes, Lake District

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Blea Tarn in the Lake District - looking towards the Langdale Pikes. If I could try and imagine the perfect tarn - then this would be it! This place looks remote - but you can still drive here through the windy roads and park up less than 5 minutes easy walk away from this view point. © Photo by Stuart Hodgson

#6 View over Derwent Water towards Borrowdale, Lake District (from either Friars Crag or Calfclose Bay, near Keswick)

View from Friars Crag, near Keswick looking over Derwent Water towards Borrowdale, lake district, lakes
I love the view over Derwent Water towards Borrowdale - I think it's because much of Borrowdale is still cladded in native forest and so the view is quite close to how it must have looked hundreds of years ago. This particular photo was taken from Calfclose Bay looking over Derwent Water towards Borrowdale. The view from Friars Crag is similar, a 5 min walk away from this point, and closer to Keswick and much more accessible, even by wheelchair along a well marked path. The view was John Ruskin's favourite view and he said it was amongst the best in Europe - I can't disagree with that. © Photo by Stuart Hodgson

#7 Fairfield, from Deepdale Valley, Lake District.

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Looking towards the summit of Fairfield - from Deepdale. The river in the foreground made for a nice little composition. And because this Fairfield walking route isn't one of the most well-known - the valley is quite quiet.

#8 Waswater, from Wasdale Head, Lake District

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I will end this 'Best Lake District Views' post with this view of Wastwater, perhaps the most iconic Lake District view as it was voted Britain’s Favourite View in 2007 by television viewers. Wastwater is perhaps the most dramatic looking of all the lakes due to being surrounded by the towering peaks of Red Pike, Kirck fell, Great Gable and Englands highest mountain Scafell Pike.

What's your favourite view in the Lakes? Do you have some that are not featured on here? Leave a comment and let me know :-)

Blog Post by Stuart Hodgson, 'The Hiking Photographer'

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