The English Lake District

The Lake District National Park - or the Lake District, as it's more commonly known - is the most beautiful corner of England. It's a beauty that is sublime and exquisite. Here is nature at its best.

The National Park covers 866 square miles and comprises much of the county of Cumbria. There are sixteen major lakes in the area, and an almost countless number of smaller tarns. But it's not just the lakes that make Cumbria such a scenic gem. The Lake District is the only corner of England that can be described as mountainous. These are not mountains like the Alps, the Himalayas, the Andes or the Rockies. There are no wildernes areas, no shimmering glaciers, no jagged peaks only accessible to mountaineers. These are mountains on a human scale. Mountains that can be conquered by anyone who is reasonably fit and posessed of sufficient determination. Mountains set within a landscape of lakes, forests, pastures, farms and picture-book villages. And yet mountains that yield nothing to the greatest peaks in the world in their capacity to inspire awe. The Lakeland mountains are known locally as fells, a corruption of "fjell", an old Nordic word for mountain. The fells rise to a maximum height of 3210 ft. There are more that two hundred fells that rise to a height of a thousand feet or more. Just about all of them are worth climbing, and most are hills of great character and individuality. A vast network of paths leads the hiker around, among and over the fells. Their relatively modest scale and the compactness of the area allows ridgewalks that can encompass several significant summits in a single day. From the town of Ambleside, for instance, one can walk northwards along Sweden Bridge Lane and take in Low Pike, High Pike, Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar before arriving back at Ambleside in the late afternoon. The walk is eleven miles in length, reaches a maximum altitude of 2863 ft and involves around 3400ft of ascent. An infinite number of similar walks is available.

I've been exploring the Lakeland Fells since 1982, initially by joining guided walks, later mostly on my own. I've always taken my camera with me. The weather can be fickle at times but the fells are beautiful in most weathers, and hopefully the pictures of the area will speak for themselves. I hope you enjoy them.

Gallery Index

The Lake District divides down naturally into distinct areas and mountain groups. Each area has its own index page, and each area index lists individual walks, each with its own photo gallery. Click the thumbnails in each walk index for a full-size (800 x 600) image.



The Helvellyn group

The Fairfield group
Grasmere and Rydal


Buttermere, Crummock and High Stile

The Central Fells
The Scafell / Bowfell group
The Great Gable group
The Langdale Pikes

Borrowdale and Derwentwater

The Dale Head group
The Grasmoor group
The Skiddaw Group
The Blencathra Group
Whinlatter Forest
The Caldbeck Fells

John Butler, Biggleswade, Bedford, England.

Back to Landscape Photography home page


  Ann Bowker's "Mad About Mountains" site - new digital images daily.
  Andy Bannister's PC wallpaper images of the Lakes
  "Striding Edge" illustrated Lakes walking diary, continuously updated.
  Let's Stay - Accommoation and tourist guide to the Lakes
  Lakeland Hideaways Cottages
  Lake District Walks and Walking Holidays UK
  English Lakes
  The UK Walking Routes website
  Cumbria County Council
  The Lake District National Park
  Cumbria Tourist Board

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Page updated 4 November 2011