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Where to Photograph From Lake District Viewpoints

We are attempting to list all places where photographers can photograph from spectacular viewpoints within the Lake district and Cumbria. This is the start of a list that will both grow over time and hopefully we will be able to add more columns or information.

Where the names in the first column is hyperlinked this links to a Location page with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added, we will be delighted if some of you would like to also produce location pages.



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Barrowdale and the Bowder Stone Borrowdale Cumberland NY255164

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The Bowder Stone is a 2000 tonne boulder balanced on one corner stands 30ft high and 50ft wide, set in woodland. At the north end of Borrowdale, on the B5289 Keswick to Seatoller road at Grange. Parking in a National Trust car park, and a short, mostly level with some gradual incline walk to the stone.
Blea Tarn Great Langdale Cumberland NY293043

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Corney Fell Road Broadgate to Broad Oak Cumberland SD171897






From the A595 past Broughton in Furness take the minor road through Broadgate and follow, pass Swinside Stone Circle footpath and over the cattle grid and up onto Thwaites Fell, at the Y junction take a left, this road is very narrow and wiggles across the top and down the other side across a bridge over Buckbarrow Beck and on through Corney Fell going on down to Broad Oak where you can rejoin the A595. From this road you get some fantastic views of the mountains, but also as you're coming back down towards Broad Oak there are some fantastic views of the sea.
Fell Foot Park Newby Bridge Westmorland SD381869


Near Lake Windermere
Gummers How Windermere Westmorland SD390885


overlooking lake Windermere
Hardknott Pass Eskdale Cumberland NY225012



Very Steep, gradient 30%, and wiggly with Hardknot Roman Fort on the roadside, there are a few parking places for those who want to stop and look
Helvellyn Patterdale Cumberland NY337155



Honister Pass Seatoller Cumberland NY225135

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On the B5289 at the southern end of Borrowdale. One of the most scenic and most popular routes, the road over the Honister Pass follows the route traveled by Victorian sightseers on circular day trips from Keswick. The road climbs from Borrowdale, to a height of 1176ft, before plunging down a precipitous grade through the Wrynose Pass and ending up at Buttermere below. An historic slate works is located at the summit, and a National Trust car park allows visitors to see the fabulous views.
Kirkstone Pass Ambleside Cumberland NY401084


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The Inn

From Ullswater on the A592, between Patterdale and Ambleside, head through the hamlet of Patterdale and begin the long climb up to the summit of Kirkstone Pass, at 1481ft it is the highest pass in the Lake District. The scenery is fabulous, with views across the Patterdale and Troutbeck valleys. Near the summit is the Kirkstone Inn, the 3rd highest Inn in England.
Post Knott Bowness on Windermere Westmorland SD406965


A viewpoint offering vistas of the surrounding fells and lakes, accessed via a steep footpath close to Bowness-on-Windermere.
Whinlatter Pass Braithwaite Cumberland NY194245



Wrynose Pass Little Langdale Cumberland NY273026

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The other side of Hardknot Pass at the bottom being Little Langdale.


See Also:

Viewpoint photography

Finding viewpoints

This list will continue to grow as we come across new places. REMEMBER if know of somewhere that you feel is a good place please let us know.


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