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Gallery of Pictures of The Lake District

The Lake District is one of the most popular areas in Britain, famous for its mountains, forests and lakes offering a peaceful environment with appeal to all ages. Here, within a compact area of less than one thousand square miles, are to be found some of the most challenging and spectacular walking and climbing routes in England and equally a wealth of roadside and elevated locations to satisfy the objectives of even the most demanding photographer.

The character of the region owes much to its geology, which is complex. The rock formations, although not as ancient as those to be found in the Scottish Highlands, have been similarly folded and uplifted before being subjected to the actions of glaciers and meltwater. The valleys and lakes radiate outwards like the spokes of a wheel and at its rocky heart stands England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, 978m (3,210ft) overlooking its deepest lake, Wastwater, perhaps the most awe-inspiring and most photographed of all the lakes and embraced by an amphitheatre of peaks including Great Gable, Lingmell and Yewbarrow.

Equally magnificent and only slightly lower in stature are Helvellyn, 950m (3,116ft) and Skiddaw, 931m (3,054ft) rising above the lakes of Ullswater and Derwentwater respectively. Some might consider the Helvellyn range to be the backbone of the Lake District, extending as it does, north to south, for nearly ten miles never dropping below six hundred metres. Its famous cirque of ridges, Striding and Swirral Edge, offer some of the finest scrambling expeditions in the region.

The most westerly of all the lakes and set in the shade of their narrow valleys, Buttermere, and particularly the roadless Ennerdale, offer a slightly more tranquil scene. Rising high above, and overlooking both these valleys is one of my personal favourite Lakeland viewpoints, Fleetwith Pike. Whilst other mountains may reign supreme, few are as immediately identifiable nor offer such an excellent and expansive view of a significant part of this entire region from just one location.

Helvellyn and Ullswater, The Lake District
Helvellyn, Ullswater and Glenridding
Derwentwater Alpenglow, The Lake District
Skiddaw and the Anti-Twilight Arch
Derwentwater Reflections, The Lake District
Derwentwater Reflections
Wastwater, The Lake District
Wastwater, Great Gable and The Scafells
Striding Edge, Helvellyn, The Lake District
Striding Edge, Helvellyn
Ullswater Morning Mists, The Lake District
Ullswater Morning Mists
Skiddaw Saddleback and Derwentwater, The Lake District
Skiddaw Blencathra and Derwentwater
Skiddaw Winter Sunrise, The Lake District
Skiddaw and Derwentwater Winter Sunrise
Great Gable and The Scafells, The Lake District
Great Gable and The Scafell Pikes from Wastwater
Blencathra Summer Sunrise, The Lake District
Blencathra Summer Sunrise
The Derwent Fells from Friars Crag, The Lake District
The Derwent Fells from Friars Crag
Derwentwater, The Lake District
Derwentwater
The Buttermere Fells, The Lake District
The Buttermere Fells
The Scafells in Winter, The Lake District
The Scafells in Winter
Spring in Buttermere, The Lake District
Buttermere in Spring
Langdale, The Lake District
Langdale
Great Gable from Wastwater, The Lake District
Great Gable from Wastwater
High Street and Haweswater, The Lake District
High Street and Haweswater
Pillar Fell and Ennerdale, The Lake District
Pillar Fell and Ennerdale
High Crag Buttermere, The Lake District
High Crag Buttermere
Great Gable, The Lake District
Great Gable from Lingmell Beck
Buttermere, The Lake District
Buttermere and Fleetwith Pike
The Langdale Pikes
The Langdale Pikes
Foule Crag Blencathra from Bannerdale Crags
Foule Crag Blencathra from Bannerdale Crags
The North-Western Fells from Skiddaw
The North-Western Fells from Skiddaw
Sharp Edge, Blencathra
Sharp Edge, Blencathra
Blencathra and the Pennines from Skiddaw
Blencathra and the Pennines from Skiddaw
Blencathra from Tewet Tarn
Blencathra reflected in Tewet Tarn
Scafell from Scafell Pike, The Lake District
Scafell from Scafell Pike
Great Gable and the pack-horse bridge, Wasdale Head
Great Gable from Wasdale Head
Ullswater Morning Mists, The Lake District
Red Tarn from Helvellyn
Helvellyn and Catstycam from Sheffield Pike
Helvellyn and Catstycam from Sheffield Pike
Ullswater from St. Sunday Crag
Ullswater and Grisedale from St. Sunday Crag
Dovedale and Dove Crag in Winter
Dovedale and Dove Crag in Winter
High Street from Dove Crag
High Street from Dove Crag
Buttermere and Grasmoor from Brandreth
Buttermere and Grasmoor from Brandreth
Grasmoor from Buttermere
Grasmoor from Buttermere
High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike
High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike
Windermere Sunset
Windermere Sunset
Windermere from the Fairfield Horseshoe
Windermere from the Fairfield Horseshoe
The Langdale Pikes from Side Pike
The Langdale Pikes from Side Pike
The Old Man of Coniston from The Bell
The Old Man of Coniston
Coniston Water and the Southern Lakes from the Old Mann
The view from the summit of Coniston Old Man
The Scafells from Wasdale, The Lake District
Scafell and Scafell Pike from Wastwater
Buttermere and Grasmoor from Brandreth
Buttermere and Grasmoor from Brandreth
Summer Morning Light on Ullswater and Glencoyne
Summer Morning Light on Ullswater and Glencoyne
Helvellyn and its adjacent summits from Sheffield Pike
Helvellyn, Catstycam and Glenridding Common
Wasdale from the Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable
Wasdale from the Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable
The Ascent of Yewbarrow from Wastwater
The Ascent of Yewbarrow from Wastwater
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