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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

Latrigg viewpoint, Keswick

I follow a couple of photographers and film-makers who post images and sequences from the English Lake District to their social media channels. Jason Chambers’ landscape photos are terrific and make me want to visit the region even more often, while Terry Abraham’s films go a stage further by adding sequences and interviews which go beyond the static beauty of a good landscape image.

One of the huge gains of social media for me is the ability to tap into local knowledge and get inspiration for places to visit, which I’d never otherwise find. I am currently putting together a personal project for the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland, which shows the best places to go in the region for landscape photography. Places which aren’t necessarily on tourist guides, but which are inspired by “local knowledge” and my incessant interest in exploring little lanes and hidden tracks.

One of the tips I picked up when preparing for a recent trip to the Lake District was a viewpoint at Latrigg, near the southern slopes of Skiddaw. It’s a superb view point above Keswick and Derwentwater and easily accessible. I turned off the A66 at Crosthwaite roundabout onto the A591 and then immediately right towards Underscar and Ormathwaite, following the small road right to its end, over pot-holed tarmac to a small parking place next to the Skiddaw Path.

From there, it’s a gentle stroll to the viewpoint, which affords panoramic views over the town, lake and surrounding fells. Although the weather wasn’t great when we were there, the drifting rain and low cloud made for some moody photographs.

The viewpoint is now on my list of must-visit places in the area, and one to which I may walk on a future visit.

Jenkin Hill (Skiddaw) from Latrigg

Jenkin Hill (Skiddaw) from Latrigg