Published: 20 November 2023

Cumbria is known for its tremendous landscape. Not only is it home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, but three places of Outstanding Natural Beauty. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to practice your photography hobby, or a venue for a special occasion where the scenery will never let you down, in Cumbria you will be completely spoilt for choice.  To make it easier for you to decide, here are five locations that should be on every photographer’s ‘to do’ list.

Five of the Best Photography Locations in Cumbria

Rutter Force

There are waterfalls aplenty throughout Cumbria’s Lake District, but accompanied by a corn mill that dates back to 1579, Rutter Force has to be among the most picturesque. With the power of two streams behind it, Rutter Force is no gently tinkling water feature, and yet the pool at the bottom is serene, while the surrounding woodland provides an incomparable backdrop.


Buttermere is one of the most iconic areas of the Lake District. Consequently, you’ll need to get up early to secure an unpeopled shot. But it will be worth every ounce of effort. In all seasons. And in all weathers. Changing from brooding to radiant at the drop of a hat, there’s a reason why Buttermere is regularly voted as providing one of the very best views in Britain. So, whether you’re interested in landscapes, portraits, or even macro photography, Buttermere takes some beating.

Holker Hall

Situated about 2km to the southwest of the scenic village of Cartmel, Holker Hall is a privately owned country house with exquisite gardens and around 23 acres of beautifully kept land. Whether you’re looking for characterful interior shots, or scenes that take you closer to nature, Holker Hall can provide. Rebuilt in the 1870s, the Hall’s Neo-Elizabethan architecture is both stately and tasteful – a style that is reflected in its interiors. While the gardens boast a series of uniquely planted exterior ‘rooms’ bordered by a meadow and rolling deer park. So, whether you’re looking for the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos or somewhere to test out your photographer’s eye, Holker Hall is very much worth considering.

Raven Cra

If you’re someone who likes getting to a higher elevation, but you don’t have time to fit in the 10 peaks, Raven Crag makes a good single-day concession. Providing incredible photo opportunities from above and below, it has something for every photographic style. It’s a bit of a hike to reach the summit, but you’ll be amply rewarded for your efforts… Just remember to take a spare memory card up with you!

Sosgill Bridge, St John’s in the Vale

Built in the 18th century, Sosgill is a Grade II listed packhorse bridge, but its mundane history does nothing to deter from its absolute beauty. Finding the right angle to capture the essence of the area isn’t always easy, but with a bit of planning and the right weather, Sosgill can be highly photogenic. However, it’s worth knowing that this isn’t a place for get togethers. You may wish to fly by here for some scenic wedding photos, but you’ll need to head elsewhere for the main event.

Cumbria has photo opportunities almost without end. With mountains, lakes, woodland, meadows, and stately homes, there are multiple locations for every photography project and occasion. The greatest problem is identifying the right ones for you.

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