Lonely Planet Writer

You will be packing for England's Lake District after seeing these breathtaking photos

The Lake District in England is renowned for its stunning scenery, and the diversity of its beauty has been magnificently captured in a new book. Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places, showcases the work of landscape photographer, Stuart Holmes, from Cumbria, and it will certainly whet the appetite of anyone planning to visit the area.

"Catbells to Skiddaw," from the book, Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places.
“Catbells to Skiddaw,” from the book, Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places. Image by Stuart Holmes / mediadrumworld.com

The Lake District is a region and national park in Cumbria and it covers an area of 912 square miles. It is a popular vacation destination, attracting 15.8 million visitors annually, and is best known for its glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains and historic literary associations. It is very much associated with English literature of the 18th and 19th Centuries, particularly with the writings of Thomas Gray and William Wordsworth. During the early 20th Century, children’s author Beatrix Potter was in residence in the area, and she set many of her famous Peter Rabbit books in the Lake District.

"Derwentwater, "from the book, Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places.
“Derwentwater, “from the book, Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places. Image by Stuart Holmes / mediadrumworld.com

“I have been a keen photographer since childhood, and living in the Lakes means it is easy to find great subjects and locations to photograph,” the book’s author, Stuart Holmes, tells Lonely Planet News. “I was approached by my now business partner Mick Ryan,who asked me if I would be interested in doing a photo-location guidebook for the Lake District. That’s how our company,  fotoVUE, started.”

"Gable Stars," from the book, Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places.
“Gable Stars,” from the book, Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places. Image by Stuart Holmes / mediadrumworld.com

Stuart says that most of the locations he covers in the book don’t involve a lot of physical effort or mountain climbing. “They are purposely chosen to be accessible to most people, and many locations are suitable for those with disabilities too,” he explains. “We tried to note in the accessibility section for each location if the place is suitable for wheelchairs or those less mobile. I climb mountains and paraglide too, meaning I can get above the mountains on good days.”

"Hardknott Fort," from the book, Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places.
“Hardknott Fort,” from the book, Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places. Image by Stuart Holmes / mediadrumworld.com

The book took three years to photograph and write up, and it involved lots of early mornings to catch sunrise and late nights coming back from sunsets in more remote parts of the area. Stuart says that his favourite area of the Lakes is probably Buttermere Valley. “The specific juxtaposition of lakes, forests and craggy mountains is a winner over other Lake District valleys in my opinion,” he says, “but it’s a close competition.”

"Tarn Hows," from the book, Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places.
“Tarn Hows,” from the book, Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places.Image by Stuart Holmes / mediadrumworld.com

Stuart is very pleased at how the book turned out. “It was a great project for me, in that I know my home area very well but some of the locations I had not visited before,” he says. “I am constantly discovering amazing new places to photograph in this compact but diverse region.”

"Under Loughrigg" from the book, Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places.
“Under Loughrigg” from the book, Photographing The Lake District: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Places. Image by Stuart Holmes / mediadrumworld.com

Further information on the book is available here.