Lake District uncovered in stunning photography series

  • Stuart Holmes is a photographer based in Keswick, Cumbria, and he has published many guides on the area
  • In one book, Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places, he shows his top spots
  • One particularly striking image shows the majestic 2,949-foot-high Great Gable mountain

These breathtaking images of gaping green valleys, glassy lakes and snow-capped peaks echo a sense of peace and quiet.

Stuart Holmes, a landscape photographer based in Keswick, Cumbria, said after travelling the world he realised there was an abundance of natural beauty on his doorstep.

In his book Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places, Holmes reveals some of his favourite spots to snap.

Close to home: Stuart Holmes, a landscape photographer based in Keswick, Cumbria, said after travelling the world he realised there was an abundance of beauty on his doorstep (above, the majestic 2,949-foot-high Great Gable mountain)

Close to home: Stuart Holmes, a landscape photographer based in Keswick, Cumbria, said after travelling the world he realised there was an abundance of beauty on his doorstep (above, the majestic 2,949-foot-high Great Gable mountain)

Shifting light: In his book Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places, Holmes reveals some of his favourite spots to snap (above, views over the Wasdale valley from the slopes of Great Gable)

Shifting light: In his book Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places, Holmes reveals some of his favourite spots to snap (above, views over the Wasdale valley from the slopes of Great Gable)

Stepping back in time: Slater's Bridge is an ancient pedestrian walkway constructed out of local slate stone

Stepping back in time: Slater’s Bridge is an ancient pedestrian walkway constructed out of local slate stone

One particularly striking image shows the majestic 2,949ft-high Great Gable mountain, which lies at the very heart of England’s largest National Park. 

Other picturesque photographs capture the looming Derwentwater with mist simmering over the lake’s surface and Hardknott Roman Fort, which was founded under Hadrian’s rule in the 2nd century.

Holmes says he believes the Lake District boasts just as many ‘scenic elements’ as places such as the Alps, despite being smaller in scale.

He recites a quote by the late Keswick climber and photographer Ashley P. Abraham, who once described the Lake District as containing ‘more natural beauty, more literary associations and more diversity of charm than any other similar area of the whole of the Earth’s surface’. 

Seeking solace: Hawkshead church is situated in stunning scenery in the southern Lake District, between Windermere and Coniston. A chapel existed on the site in the 12th century

Seeking solace: Hawkshead church is situated in stunning scenery in the southern Lake District, between Windermere and Coniston. A chapel existed on the site in the 12th century

Capturing a walk through the woodland close to Clappersgate Bridge near the town of Ambleside

Holmes injected a sense of movement into a sunset sky using his photography skills

Golden hues: Holmes took his camera for a stroll through the woodland close to Clappersgate Bridge near the town of Ambleside (left), while he injected a sense of movement into a sunset sky using his photography skills (right)

Moment of reflection: Blea Tarn, nestled in Little Langdale, is a must-visit for many. The sediment mountain lake hasn't been disturbed since the last Ice Age and it's a haven for flora and fauna, such as Alpine flowers, brown trout, perch and pike

Moment of reflection: Blea Tarn, nestled in Little Langdale, is a must-visit for many. The sediment mountain lake hasn’t been disturbed since the last Ice Age and it’s a haven for flora and fauna, such as Alpine flowers, brown trout, perch and pike

The road over Birker Fell climbs to more than 850 feet as it crosses one of the most isolated and wild parts of the Lake District. Devoke is the largest mountain lake in the area

The road over Birker Fell climbs to more than 850 feet as it crosses one of the most isolated and wild parts of the Lake District. Devoke is the largest mountain lake in the area

Today the the Lake District is a top holiday destination, attracting more than 17.32million visitors from the UK and overseas each year.

It is particularly popular with hikers, boasting thousands of trails and picturesque camping spots.

For first-time visitors, Holmes’ book also features guides on how to get to each location by car.

It then suggests what elements to photograph once you arrive and the different viewpoints you can experiment with.

The outdoor photographer concluded: ‘Dedicated photographers come to the Lake District with the sole purpose of exploring the photographic potential of the area, in order to catch the golden moments when landscape and light combine to dramatic effect.

‘If it’s your first visit or you’re a regular Lake District visitor, this book will point you to some of the best locations and hopefully inspire you to explore the limitless photographic possibilities of this unique area.’  

Misty morning: Derwentwater, pictured, is one of the principal bodies of water in the Lake District National Park with a maximum depth of 72 feet

Misty morning: Derwentwater, pictured, is one of the principal bodies of water in the Lake District National Park with a maximum depth of 72 feet

Bridge House dates back to the 17th century and thousands of people visit the kooky abode every year

Stepping stones feature smooth edges where they have been worn away over the years

Standing the test of time: Bridge House dates back to the 17th century and thousands of people visit the kooky abode every year (left) while stepping stones feature smooth edges where they have been worn away over the years (right)

Archaeological wonder: The site of the Hardknott Roman Fort, which was founded under Hadrian's rule in the 2nd century 

Archaeological wonder: The site of the Hardknott Roman Fort, which was founded under Hadrian’s rule in the 2nd century 

Perfect place to picnic: Tarn Hows is an area of the Lake District National Park containing a picturesque mountain lake and a thick carpeting of trees

Perfect place to picnic: Tarn Hows is an area of the Lake District National Park containing a picturesque mountain lake and a thick carpeting of trees

Blooming lovely: A shot taken from Loughrigg Terrace looking down across the bluebells and lake to the village of Grasmere

Blooming lovely: A shot taken from Loughrigg Terrace looking down across the bluebells and lake to the village of Grasmere

To the summit and beyond: Holmes hiked to the top of Cat Bells in Cumbria to get this shot of Skiddaw in the distance. It is the sixth-highest summit in England at 3,054 feet

To the summit and beyond: Holmes hiked to the top of Cat Bells in Cumbria to get this shot of Skiddaw in the distance. It is the sixth-highest summit in England at 3,054 feet


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