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Lifestyle and Family Photography in the Lake District

A brief guide to the Northern Lake District and West Cumbria


The history of Cockermouth dates back to Roman times and was established as a market town in the early thirteenth century. This Gem Town was also the birthplace of William and Dorothy Wordsworth. Cockermouth (or ‘mouth of the Cocker’) developed at the confluence of the Rivers Cocker and Derwent. The Cocker’s name comes from the Celtic word “Kukrã” meaning the crooked one. There are a number of great locations in Cockermouth to meet your Family Photographer, for your Lifestyle Photography. Harris Park offers many winding, tree lined footpaths with easy access to the River Cocker. Nearby is the old railway line, now a footpath that runs through the centre of town. There is also the Memorial Gardens alongside with River Derwent, with views of Cockermouth Castle near Mill Race.

Crummock Water

Situated between Loweswater and Buttermere, Crummock Water is approximately 8 miles from Cockermouth. Grassmoor is on the west of the lake and the fells of Mellbreak are on the east. The River Cocker starts here flowing towards Cockermouth where it meets the River Derwent. Crummock Water is owned by the National Trust. There are a number of great locations alongside Crummock Water for your Family Photography, or to meet your Lifestyle Photographer. From the Lanthwaite Wood car park it is about a 10 minute walk to the waters edge and nearby boathouse. Further down the lakeside is Lanthwaite Green and Rannerdale Knotts which are also perfect locations for photographs, boasting spectacular views.


Buttermere is a small village next to the lake of the same name. as you look down the Buttermere Valley from the top of Honister Pass and nearby Slate Mine you can see the lakes of Buttermere and Crummock Water were originally one post-glacial lake. There are two small hotels in Buttermere, The Bridge Hotel and the Buttermere Court Hotel, formally known as the Fish Inn as mentioned in Alfred Wainwright’s guide books. You can easily walk around Buttermere from the footpath that circumvents the lake. This makes for a great place for a Family Photo Walk with your Lifestyle Photographer. From the National Trust car park in the village it is about a 10 minute walk to the waters edge. There are many place to stop and take photographs with spectacular views across the lake on a short ramble for your photoshoot.

Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter Forest, often known as England’s only true mountain forest, boasts spectacular views of the surrounding lakes, fells and mountains. From the visitors centre there a many forest trails to walk along as well as play areas nearby. Whinlatter is also popular for dog walkers, cyclists and runners, with many facilities for those who are more adventurous. There are numerous options for photographs at Whinlatter Forest and it is great location to bring dogs too. Any of the forest trails are great place to go with your Family Photographer for some natural Lifestyle Photography. As are the play areas near the visitors centre. We could meet at Siskins Cafe and go for a mini adventure at this spectacular location.

St Bees

St Bees is the most westerly point of Cumbria overlooking the Irish Sea. There is a large sandy beach with a promenade which leads to the coastal footpath of St Bees Head. The cliffs of St Bees Head are made of red sandstone that add some beautiful colours to any photograph. Only a few miles from the Lake District National Park, St Bees is also known for having Saint Bega land there in 850AD. Who doesn’t love a seascape? & with it’s beautiful vistas out across the Irish Sea, St Bees is a fantastic place for Family Photography with a local Lifestyle Photographer. There is excellent parking facilities right by the beach. From here we can walk along the beach, walk over the red sandstone cliffs or go up onto St Bees Head. All of which give us a beautiful backdrop for some relaxed photographs.


Ennerdale is the most westerly lake in the Lake District. Owned by the Forestry Commission and surrounded by many conifer trees. The nearby Village of Ennerdale Bridge is well appointed with local amenities. You are not far from the cycle path that runs between Whitehaven and the Village of Rowrah too. There are many forest walks around Ennerdale and forest walks are great for relaxed natural photographs. A walk along the lakeside or through the forest makes for an excellent location for lifestyle photography with your family photographer.


Allonby is a picturesque village on the Solway Coast. The village lies within an area of outstanding beauty with fantastic views across the Solway Firth to Southern Scotland. On a clear day you can also see the Isle of Man in the distance. Allonby is also a great place to visit for some spectacular sunsets from it’s long sandy beach. There is a long cycleway that runs all the way to promenade of Maryport to the South. The Sandy beach is a great place for children to run and play on too, and is popular with beach goers from all walks of life. Allonby is popular location locally and is a a great location for lifestyle photography with your family photographer.

Dodd Wood

Dodd Wood is situated on the east shore of Bassenthwaite Lake. A part of the Mirehouse Estate and managed by the Forestry Commision. About halfway up Dodd is an Osprey viewing area. From the summit of Dodd the views of Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake are spectacular. On a clear day you can even see the Sollway Firth and mountains of Southern Scotland in the distance. From the car park at the Old Sawmill Tearooms there are many places to walk around the forest. Great for families, couples and pets and another beautiful backdrop for photography. Dodd Wood is another of the many amazing location in the Lake District for family photography with a lifestyle photographer.


The Linghom Estate on the western shore of Derwentwater is centred on a Victorian mansion. From a café you have access to a walled garden and footpath running through the grounds to the lake. Nearby is the village of Portinscale and you are also with walking distance of Keswick itself. From woodland footpaths you can also go for a hike up Cat Bells follow the trails around Derwentwater towards Borrowdale. The estate is also home to Alpacas where you can meet them and even go on a walk with them. There are a great many places around Lingholm, Portinscale and alongside Derwentwater to meet for a photo walk. There are many fells, woodland walks and lakeside paths for family photography. Maybe you would like to book a lifestyle photographer to capture you heading up Cat Bells too. There is a huge amount of choice and with so much to do capturing fun photographs will be a breeze.


What can be said about Keswick that hasn’t been already said? Keswick is one of the most well Lake District market towns and is the gateway to the Western Lake District. Keswick sits on the shores of Derwentwater and is surrounded by mountains such as Skiddaw and Blencathra. On a hilltop to the east of Keswick is Castlerigg Stone Circle which dates back to neolithic times. In the centre of Keswick is The Theatre By The Lake. From the town you can also head down into the Borrowdale Valley where you will find Ashness and Surprise View, Walla Crag and the Bowder Stone. There really is a lot to see and explore if you are visiting Keswick. From Keswick you can travel anywhere on foot and you will always be within easy walking distance for some great photography locations. The town is a great place for couple photoshoots too Especially if you are planning on getting married nearby and would like an engagement photoshoot, or pre-wedding photoshoot. There are numerous lifestyle choices including walking, hiking and cycling. Keswick is very dog friendly of you are interested in photographs with your four legged friends. Lifestyle photography or family photographer, Keswick and the surrounding area is a great place to create some special memories.