The Lake District (England)

The English “Lake District” is a very picturesque, mountainous region in the north-west of the country, which has been a national park since May 1951. Its beauty draws many thousands of visitors every year, including regular tourists, hikers, artists and photographers. The region has become a favourite place since I began visiting during the mid-1990s, when I began learning how to take landscape photographs amongst the high peaks and myriad lakes.

My England

My England is green and pleasant. In my mind’s eye, the countryside is green and rolling, with occasional villages surrounding leafy, oaked cricket pitches or busy duck ponds. The lanes of my youth lead past scattering pheasants and floral hedgerows which echo the sound of a slightly ropey semi-classic British sports car. Towns are timbered and bricked, with low-ceilinged pubs smelling…

My England
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Helvellyn with Mark Richards

Helvellyn – the third highest peak in the English Lake District and therefore the third highest in England – has long been a goal of mine. The peak draws me much more than the higher Scafells, with a famous ascent via the rocky and precipitous Striding Edge and what must be a breath-taking view from the top. Ever since I…

Helvellyn with Mark Richards

The Way to Green Crag

I don’t usually bother celebrating my birthday in any great fashion, but as I turned forty this year, I decided to make an exception and plan a short break away with Jo, so that I could look back on the arrival of mid-life with some fondness. After some to-ing and fro-ing on a destination, I finally decided on the Lake…

The Way to Green Crag

Coniston Water

In all the times I've visited the Cumbrian Lake District in the north of England, I'd only ever been to Coniston Water once before. After all of the dramatic, deep lakes lined with craggy fells and forests, the long, flat, placid body of water didn't inspire me photographically and so I quickly passed on. However, after a rather photographically…

Coniston Water

Conquering Catbells

It had long been a goal of Jo's and mine to extend our walking and “bag” one of the Lakeland fells. However, we hadn't anticipated doing so in quite such a challenging way.

Conquering Catbells

Patience

As I reached the curve in the road, I saw that the red car was still there, so I decided to pull in and see what all the fuss was about. I’d been past earlier that day, on my way down to Tom’s with the new rope that he needed, and the car had been parked there then. But that…

Patience