This collection of Prints of The Lake District focuses predominantly on the mountains surrounding the most popular walking and climbing centres of Keswick, Wasdale, Glenridding, Buttermere and Ambleside. 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.
Of the many other popular mountains in the region, the prints of the Lake District that I have chosen to feature are Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Helvellyn is the third-highest point both in England and in the Lake District, with its deep glacial hollows and the two sharp-topped ridges on the eastern side (Striding Edge and Swirral Edge). Skiddaw is the sixth highest peak and lies just north of Keswick beside the lovely Derwentwater; along with its neighbour Blencathra (also known locally as Saddleback) it dominates the skyline and forms the northern boundary of the Lake District.