The Lake District's most Instagrammable spots

One of England’s prettiest areas, the Lake District is packed with panoramic views and glorious colour. From the glistening lakes to the towering fells and mountains, it’s the stuff of dreams for photographers. Take a look at some of our must-visit spots for that perfect Instagram post.

1. Aira Force Waterfall



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Found just to the north of Ullswater, Aira Force is a natural waterfall that has been inspiring creatives for centuries; poet William Wordsworth directly references the falls in three different works. Aira Force remains a must-visit location to this day; it’s unlike anything else in England.

Aira Force Waterfall

2. Loughrigg Fell



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Many popular walking routes through the Lake District go via Loughrigg Fell, and it’s not hard to see why. Seemingly surrounded by water on all sides, Loughrigg Fell offers unparalleled views across the heart of the Lakes. Best of all, it’s an easy walk to the peak, meaning you don’t have to work too hard for your perfect shot.

Loughrigg Fell

3. Buttermere

Surrounded by sloping mountains, Buttermere looks like something out of a JRR Tolkien novel. This atmospheric section of the Lakes provides great photos regardless of season or weather; its crystal clear waters capture perfect reflections of the neighbouring mountain tops in summer, while the whole area looks extra dramatic during frosty winter nights.


4. Cathedral Quarry



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This network of caves is found just to the south of Little Langdale, and looks rather intimidating at first with its huge black opening. However, if you steel your nerves and venture inside you’ll be rewarded with a natural treasure – the Cathedral Cave. This forty-foot-high chamber is most notable for the picturesque rock pillar in the centre of the room; take advantage of the natural light that seeps in through the walls for a suitably striking photo.

Cathedral Quarry

5. Ashness Bridge

At first glance, this tiny bridge on the edge of Derwentwater might not look like much, but when combined with the bubbling stream beneath and the panoramic views through the surrounding valley, it’s easy to see why Ashness Bridge is one of Britain’s most photographed spots.

Ashness Bridge

6. Side Pike

Yes, the views from Side Pike are exceptional (particularly when looking east towards the heather-covered Lingmoor Fell), but the journey here is equally photogenic and somewhat exhilarating. Near the summit, you’ll find the path leads through a series of narrow crags, known as the Squeeze or Fat Man’s Agony - brave the tight gap and your followers will end up mistaking you for Indiana Jones in his prime.

Side Pike

7. World of Beatrix Potter



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Beloved children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter called the Lake District home and it served as the influence for her most famous creation – Peter Rabbit. Celebrate the legacy of this British icon at this special exhibition on the edge of Windermere; explore a picture-perfect recreation of Peter Rabbit’s Garden, then enjoy a special afternoon tea in the on-site café.

World of Beatrix Potter

8. Windermere



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Arguably the most famous feature in the Lake District, Windermere is England’s largest natural lake. Long and narrow, Windermere offers a range of panoramic views – take them all in on a classic steamer ride up and down the lake. Alternatively, rent a boat for one to two hours and explore the area for yourself.


9. Derwentwater

Derwentwater feels like something of a hidden gem in the Lakes; the expansive dark blue waters are surrounded by wooded slopes and pocketed with islands. Pitch up at Friar’s Crag and take in the views from the lakeside bench; it’s the perfect spot to make everybody at home feel envious of your trip to Britain.


10. Whiteless Pike

It might not quite compare to Giza, but the Lake District has a pyramid of its own! When viewed from the south-west, Whiteless Pike’s peak forms a perfect pyramid shape, making it one of the stand-out mountain tops in the Lakes for holiday snaps.

Whiteless Pike

11. Ullswater



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Explore the Lake District’s second largest lake in style on an Ullswater Steamer. These vintage-style boats have been used for pleasure cruises and transportation along Ullswater since 1855; one boat in the modern fleet (the Lady of the Lake) has been running near-continuously since 1877!

27 Mar 2020(last updated)