The UK is blessed with some of the most stunning landscapes anywhere in the world (such as Derwentwater in the Lake District, pictured above), where you can enjoy fresh air, an amazing view and a spot of photography all at the same time. Here are five locations that are definitely worth getting your camera out for. Professional photographer and journalist Damien Demolder takes us through some of the UK’s best-known spots and best-kept secrets.
Snowdonia National Park
The 838 square miles of national park in Snowdonia is a haven of towering peaks and lush green views. Mount Snowdon offers the highest vantage point and a collection of first-class photo opportunities for long lens landscapes, but also take a look at the Gwydyr Forest for lakes and eye-catching trees. Check the weather forecast before you go, though!
Derwentwater, Lake District
For easy access and pure variety the Lake District is hard to beat, and one of its jewels is the beautiful lake of Derwentwater. You’ll struggle to find a bad angle, but the mountain of Skiddaw reflected in the glassy surface of the blue waters is breath-taking first thing in the morning, as are the wooden rowing boats at Keswick Launch with a cyan sky behind them.
The Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, NI
The north Antrim coast is a stunning collection of impressive geology and sandy beaches, but the highlight has to be the extraordinary basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway that juts out into the crashing North Atlantic. Wrap up against the spray and shoot the waves as they dance over the jagged formations, but be very careful on stormy days.
Jurassic Coast, Dorset and Devon
The magnificent cliffs along the Dorset and East Devon seashore has become a playground for the landscape photographer as the World Heritage Coast offers a mass of spectacular heights, rock formations and segmented cliff faces. A popular target is the limestone arch, Durdle Door, which is close to Lulworth in Dorset. However, try to avoid peak holiday times in the summer, as the crowds make an image clear of people almost impossible to achieve. Take a wide lens and a tripod to include the sweeping beach, and on a clear night aim skywards for some added astro-drama.
Mount St Michaels, Cornwall
An extraordinary place, Saint Michael’s Mount is a mound cast away in the sea, housing an ancient castle, a church and a tiny village. At high tide, it becomes an island and when the waters recede a cobbled causeway appears. It’s tempting to zoom in, but take a wider view to include the expanse of sea and wonderful skies at both sunrise and sunset. Before you set off, check the tides to see when the causeway will be uncovered.
Take your time and be independent
The flying visitor and the tour bus passenger rarely have time to soak up a view or appreciate a scene, but the landscape photographer can dwell, indulge and create memories that last forever. You don’t need an expensive camera, just a clean lens and a steady hand. The serious photographer will have tripods, lenses, filters and all sorts to transport, but the secret is to have the space and the freedom to get there in comfort and to stay admiring that view for as long as you want.