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Breathtaking Lake District Locations for Your Engagement Photoshoot

The Lake District, with its stunning landscapes and charming locales, provides the perfect backdrop for a truly unforgettable engagement photoshoot. As you embark on this beautiful journey towards marriage, we understand the importance of capturing these precious moments in a location that is as special as the bond you share. From tranquil lakes to breathtaking peaks, secluded tarns to rustic launches, the Lake District has something to offer every couple. In this post, we’ll take you to some of our favourite locations to shoot with hopes to inspire you to find the perfect setting for your engagement photos!

Tarn Hows: Tucked between Conniston and Ambleside, Tarn Hows is a renowned beauty spot in the Southern Lake District. This picturesque location, with its serene tarn and surrounding woodland, offers an idyllic setting for engagement photos. The well-maintained footpath circling the tarn provides easy access to a variety of scenic backdrops, including the nearby Tom Gill Waterfall.

Reachable via a short drive from either direction, Tarn Hows has ample parking provided by the National Trust. This tranquil and accessible location promises a beautiful setting for capturing your engagement memories.


Nestled in the heart of the Lake District, Thirlmere provides an idyllic backdrop for couples looking to capture their love story amidst natural beauty. A reservoir now, Thirlmere is flanked by woodland and fells, offering diversity for your photo shoot. Whether you prefer intimate shots by the serene water’s edge or grander compositions with Helvellyn, one of England’s highest peaks, in the background, Thirlmere doesn’t disappoint.

Accessing Thirlmere is straightforward, with several parking options available along the A591, including the Swirls Car Park at the northern end and Dobgill Car Park towards the south. Do remember, as Thirlmere is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, it’s crucial to respect the area and its wildlife when planning your photo shoot.

Gummer’s How:

Gummer’s How, found at the southern end of Lake Windermere, is a fantastic spot for engagement photos with its easy accessibility and breathtaking views. The climb from the car park is relatively short and easy, making it a stress-free journey for couples looking for stunning backdrops. The summit provides panoramic views of the lake and surrounding fells, presenting endless opportunities for romantic and dramatic photographs. Sunrise and sunset times at Gummer’s How can be particularly magical, with the soft, subtle colors creating a wonderfully romantic atmosphere that’s just perfect for those intimate shots.


 Buttermere offers a serene and picturesque setting for engagement photos. This charming location boasts a tranquil lake, an iconic shoreline with pine trees, and awe-inspiring views of the surrounding fells. The pebbly shoreline and exposed, gnarly roots add an element of rustic charm, providing a unique backdrop for your photos. For an extra dose of romance, try to visit during perfectly still conditions when there are mirror-like reflections on the lake. 


The access is easy with a large car park close to the Fish Inn, and if you fancy a treat, the nearby Syke Farm Tea Room is a lovely spot to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Kelly Hall Tarn

A few miles from Coniston, you’ll find the small yet enchanting Kelly Hall Tarn. This hidden gem in the Lake District is perfect for couples seeking a more secluded and intimate location for their engagement photos. Despite its size, the tarn offers stunning views across the water towards Coniston Old Man, with a couple of beautifully shaped conifer trees along the shore. Its sheltered nature makes it a lovely spot to visit on blustery days when larger bodies of water are rippled, providing unique photo opportunities. It’s particularly photogenic during autumn or on a crisp, frosty morning, making it an ideal location for an atmospheric, seasonal photoshoot.

Derwentwater and Ashness Launch

Derwentwater, one of the most popular lakes in the Lake District, offers a diverse array of beautiful sceneries for your engagement photoshoot. Close to the picturesque town of Keswick, the east shore of Derwentwater is full of picture-perfect spots. The wooden launches and attractive rowing boats along the shore provide interesting foregrounds for your photos, while the stunning Cat Bells mountain makes an impressive backdrop for wide-angle shots. Ashness Launch, one of the lake’s many jetties, is particularly photogenic. Standing centrally on the launch, looking down the structure’s length, the jetty acts as a compelling lead-in line to the view beyond, perfect for capturing memorable moments. If you’re looking for a location that offers both dramatic landscapes and charming details, Derwentwater and Ashness Launch could be just the place for you.

In Conclusion, The Lake District offers an abundance of stunning locations for your engagement photoshoot. Each spot has its own unique charm and beauty, just like each couple has their own unique story. Our goal is to help you find the perfect location that suits your style and reflects your love story. 

We would be delighted to work with you, tailoring your photoshoot to perfectly capture your relationship and the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District. We can’t wait to help you create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime, please Contact Us if you would like an informal chat about your plans.


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