The Lake District National Park has inspired artists throughout history, including Turner, Ruskin and Burne-Jones. Here are some recommendations of viewpoints from our former ranger, Sue Thompson, including some sketches and pictures:
1. Packhorse bridge, Wasdale Head:
"There are also classic views of Gable, Scafell and Yewbarrow on road to Wasdale Head."
2. Ravenglass, Town End:
"Ravenglass has loads of potential for sketching of boats, the estuary and the village. Also nearby Eskdale has the picturesque steam railway La’al Ratty."
3. St Catherine’s Church, Boot:
"There is also a very scenic river and Stanley Ghyll waterfall close by."
4. Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick:
5. Rather Heath Tarn near Kendal:
"This is a delightfully tucked away fishing tarn."
6. High Street from Gatescarth Pass, Mardale side:
7. Yew Tree Tarn, near Coniston:
"Also nearby Tarn Hows is a great place to sketch."
The Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole, overlooking Windermere
The accessible grounds and gardens are perfect for those interested in flowers and trees. There's also a picturesque jetty with views north to the Langdales with a cafe and shop when you need to take a break. Find out more at Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre (opens in new window)
Map of locations
Want even more visitor information?
Visit Golakes (opens in new window), the official website of the tourist board for The Lake District and Cumbria. Browse and book accommodation and attractions online and see what's on in the area.