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The following images are of the Glenridding area of the Lake District.
From Glenridding the Grisedale valley takes you up to Grisedale tarn, at the head of the valley, and on to Dollywaggon pike,Helvellyn and Striding edge, a rocky ridge with a great sense of exposure on both sides.
To the east of Grisdale can be seen St Sunday crag and Fairfield. The valley is also on the Coast to coast walk.
Additional information on the Lake District posted on the forums
Where do you start?!!? Ullswater is beautiful and the villages of Glenridding and Patterdale are lovely. Cartmel is the most beautiful village but how you would get to these places without a car I dunno. Ambleside and Keswick are lovely towns. Grasmere is beautiful and you'll have plenty near you, the Kirkstone Pass has some great views and Windemere is also very beautiful.
dalischone 07th Dec 04
That Boathouse , If you leave the A66 onto the A592 and head for Ullswater at the road juntion beside the lake there is a small car park on the right side of the road, park there. cross the road and you are there.
After photographing the boathouse head towards Glenridding about 5 miles down the road you come to car park on the right, park here and walk the short distance to Aire Force a good waterfall. In Glenridding call into the tourist info office and pick up more free info for your stay.
stevenb 18th Mar 04
Favourite places in the Lake District ? How many hours do you have ?
Here's a few to be going on with
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Hutton Roof Crags
Stock Ghyll Force
Ullswater from Glencoyne
Ullswater Boathouse (grid ref NY 462 242, directions as given by Bill)
Phoenix 18th Mar 04
Has to be Langdale for me - a fantastic sweeping glaciated valley. The Langdale pikes are very photogenic. And after a hard day's walking / photography, pop in to Old Dungeon Ghyll for a great pint.
kit-monster 18th Mar 04
Blea Tarn is lovely, easy to get to and has plenty of photo ops. Aira Force is also very attractive (photo here)
Elterwater is very nice and there is a lovely walk all the way around it and up through the hills. Great pub with a big fire in the town too (photo here).
We also did a walk from Hawkshead up to Tarn Hows (about 6ish miles) which was great fun and lovely views all the way along. Tarn Hows is said to be the most attractive tarn, although it is man made.
We got the Pathfinder guide to walks in the area and found it very useful.
minoltaandy 18th Mar 04
My first stop at the lakes is always Castlerigg stone circle just outside Keswick.Its easy to reach as its well signposted.But that means it can have quite a few other visitors hanging around making a people free image very hard, especially over the bank holiday weekend.
A wide angle lens is a good choice if you want to get all the stones in but a standard zoom will help single out groups of stones and give more opportunity for people free shots.Also don't forget the macro lens.The clean air makes the stones a great place to photograph lichens that grow on them.
One of the best times of day to photograph Castlerigg is early morning, when the warm qualities of the low sun can make the stones turn almost golden in colour, as well as casting long dark shadows on the ground.
The early start also means less chance of other sight seers to get in the way of your view,apart from other like minded photographers of course!
And finally,if its been raining,look out for reflections of the stones in the pools that often gather around their base.
fletchphoto 22nd Mar 05
Nicky, Here's a list of a few places I would suggest :-
Castlerigg Stone Circle
And here's a list of the kit I usually take :-
2 Cameras (Canon 35mm SLRs)
Polarising, ND Grad & Warm Up filters
20 rolls of Velvia 100F
Pastrami & Wholegrain Mustard on Rye sandwich
Camera cleaning Kit
swiss Army knife
Mind, I am fortunate enough to only live a 45 minute drive from the south Lakes
Phoenix 22nd Mar 05
The landscape (and other) photographic opportunites are endless in the Lakes. Unfortunately Monday will be a bit crowded, so it will pay to make an early start. My suggestions are:
If you're in the southern area, around Windermere (very commercialised): early morning mist and boats on Windermere, early morning light on Rydal water (just north of Ambleside on A591 with convenient car park just off road), a trip over the Kirkstone Pass from Windermere to Ullswater (stop at Brother's Water, there's a nice typical 'fence in the water' there) and Ullswater itself, plenty of 'lake and fells' shots here especially if the light is right, boat houses and jetties.
Northern aree - Derwentwater is a great area for photography - even if you don't venture much further than Keswick the lake here has a wonderful setting, boats and jetties, little islands in the midddle of the lake. I agree, Castlerigg is well worth a visit.
If you're heading to the western side the Langdales are particularly beautiful in spring, Blea Tarn (some nice foreground rocks at the south end, quite near the car park). The Wrynose/Hard Knott passes are dramatic with some good panoramic opportunites and lead to Wastwater which is lonely, surrounded by high fells and very beautiful.
stevie 23rd Mar 05
For me it would have to be Buttermere & Crummock - that area is as beautiful as it gets.
stinky_pete 23rd Mar 05