The Lake District National Park is a beautiful place full of epic Instagram spots and incredible photography locations. From the vast blue lakes with pretty wooden boats to the towering peaks and impressive waterfalls, there are many wonderful places to visit in the Lake District. Whilst the sun is not guaranteed, amazing landscapes are! So, grab your camera and get ready to explore some of the Lake District’s best places through a camera lens! Here are 30 incredible Instagram spots for you to discover!
Safety Notice: many of these Instagram spots are on exposed mountain peaks, scrambles and near water. Please take care when taking photos at all times. It is not worth compromising your safety for a selfie!
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- Walla Crag
- Castlehead Point
- Castlerigg Circle
- Warnscale Bothy
- Sunset over Lake Windemere
- Cathedral Cavern
- Secret Waterfall at Stickle Ghyll
- Coniston Water
- Scafell Pike
- Pike of Stickle
- Cute Cottages
- Jack’s Rake
- Stickle Tarn
- Ashness Bridge
- Rampshaw Beck
- Glencoyne Bay
- Striding Edge
- Gowbarrow Fell
- Kayaking on Lake Windemere
- Aira Force
- Sharp Edge
- Far Easedale Gill
- Aira Force Bridge
- Dungeon Ghyll
- Helm Crag
- Hawkshead Village
- Rydal Cave
- White Moss Woods
- The Bridge House in Ambleside
- Blackbeck Tarn
- Orrest Head
- Innominate Tarn
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Walla Crag is an epic Instagram spot in the Lake District National park.
Walla Crag is a name which just sounds like it should be on a bucket list! Walla Crag is a fell near to the town of Keswick by Derwentwater. Walla Crag is a fairly popular hike due to its proximity to Keswick and relatively easy climb. From the summit, you will be treated to Instagram views of Derwentwater, Cat Bells, the town of Keswick and beyond! At 379m (1243 feet) Walla Crag is a fantastic viewpoint in the Lake District with plenty of opportunities for hikers to get that perfect Instagram shot!
Castlehead viewpoint offers hikers one of the most instagrammable views in the Lake District national park. It is also one of the most romantic spots in the Lake District national park.
Just south of Keswick is a small hill covered in trees. The hill is next to Derwent Water. To reach the Castlehead viewpoint, you must climb this small but steep hillock. Yet those who attempt this small hike will be rewarded with one of the best views in the Lake District National park!
From the top of Castlehead you can look over to the famous Cat Bells ridge, Grisedale Pike and Causey Pike as well as down at beautiful Derwent water. The summit is 162m high. As it only takes 10 to 15 minutes from the valley floor, this Instagram spot in the Lake District national park is accessible for families as well as fitness freaks.
Once you reach Castlehead, you can sit on one of the two benches and take plenty of photos. If you are a solo hiker then you can use the benches or the dial as a place to balance your camera for that perfect Instagram picture!
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the most beautiful stone circles in the UK. Located in the Northern fells, surrounded by hills this stone circle is truly magical.
Castlerigg Stone Circle is a Neolithic monument comprised of 40 boulders in a circular shape. You can take plenty of photos of the stones themselves and of the surrounding area. Castlerigg Stone circle is particular picturesque at sunrise or covered in snow. Arrive early, if you can, in order to make the most of one of the Lake district’s best photo spots before other tourists arrive.
Unlike Stonehenge, you can also touch the stones. Just be careful you do not travel through the stones like Claire from Outlander!
Castlerigg Stone circle is also a particularly romantic spot in the Lake District to enjoy with your partner.
Many of us associate bothies as a form of accommodation in Scotland. However, you can find a few bothies in England! Warnscale Bothy can be found in Buttermere in the Lake District. This is a great place to spend the night or even just take shelter from the wind for a while.
Furthermore, the view of Buttermere from just outside Warnscale Bothy is breath-taking. You can see the summit of Haystacks to your left and look down onto Buttermere Water. This is a an epic photo spot in the Lake District National Park.
Sunset over Lake Windemere
Many visits to the Lake District include getting wet such as kayaking, swimming or paddleboarding. If you getting wet in the lake does not sound like your cup of tea, consider watching the sunset from the lakeshore instead.
Whilst sunshine is not guaranteed in the Lake District National park, if you are fortunate enough to be in Cumbria on a sunny day, do not miss the sunset! There are a few great spots to watch the sunset in the Lake District and one of the best is from the shores of Lake Windemere. Park up in Ambleside and stroll down to the lakeside. The little boats are pretty silhouettes on the water. The mountains in the distance frame the sunset perfectly. Watch the skies turn different colours and enjoy watching the sunset over Lake Windemere.
Bring a tripod or balance your camera on the side as there will be less lighting at this time of day for your images.
If you like spooky Instagram spots, Cathedral Cavern could be perfect for you!
To reach Cathedral Cavern, you will need to venture through the Cathedral quarries. These are abandoned quarries which have fortunately not been barred to the public. There are plenty of tunnels to explore, most which require a torch or a headlamp or the light on your phone.
The main chamber is the most impressive. This is known as Cathedral cavern or Cathedral Cave. The vast chamber is 40 feet high and is lit by two windows. Enjoy your natural ethereal surroundings or venture further into the black tunnels. One is 400 feet long. Will you dare to explore?
Stickle Ghyll’s Secret Waterfall
Is it Iceland or the Lake District?!
This little-known spot rewards walkers will view of a waterfall tumbling down the fells through a natural arch. You can find this Lake District Instagram spot after hiking Jack’s Rake or after going up the Dungeon Ghyll waterfall.
I am reluctant to tell you its exact location as there should be a few secret spots should there not? If you do manage to find the waterfall along Stickle Ghyll, you will enjoy taking photos at this incredible Instagram spot.
Coniston Water is a beautiful body of water in the heart of the lake district. This picturesque lake is dotted with little wooden boats. This is the place which inspired the famous novel Swallows and Amazons. Unleash your creativity at this wonderful Instagram spot in the Lake District National park.
The list of epic Instagram spots in the Lake District national park would not be complete without including its tallest peak. Scafell Pike is the highest point in England and the Lake District National park. Part of the famous 3 peaks challenge, walkers battle the elements to reach the roof of England. Many steeps, scree felds and boulders await hikers who attempt to summit Scafell Pike. Yet once you do, enjoy taking a few photos. After all, if you don’t post an experience on social media, did you really do it?(!)
Pike of Stickle
This strangely named peak is known as a stickle. A stickle is a hill with a “steep prominent rocky top” and a pike is a hill with a peaked summit. So, this is a greedy hill having two geographical features in its name!
This prominent geographical feature is one of the three Langdale Pikes in Langdale. You can make your own route up by scrambling the steep rocks or use the narrow path to the summit at 709m.
Pike of Stickle is also an important Neolithic site and many stone axes were found here.
Pike of Stickle is a great Instagram spot which is best captured from an approach along the ridges to the East of the peak.
Pretty stone cottages are perfect for your Instagram feed. Slatestone is a very common walling material in the heart of the Lake District such as in Grasmere.
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Jake’s Rake is an epic Instagram spot in the Lake District!
Jack’s Rake is a grade 1 scramble. Yet do not let that low rating fool you. This is a very exposed scramble next to sheer drops and is lethal when wet. Yet if you manage to find a dry day this is an exhilarating and fun scramble in the Lake District!
As soon as you reach Stickle Tarn you see the trail heading up the mountain. It does not look too bad.
Then you reach the scramble.
Concentrate on where you are putting your feet, watch the well-polished holds and be careful at the chimney. The chimney is a bit awkward but the alternative is going to the very exposed edge. Don’t! Many of the fatal accidents on Jack’s Rake occur on that ledge!
Once you are past the chimney look back at the view or take a few pictures of your partner scrambling up.
Whilst this is a great place to take photos, please be careful. Never put a selfie above your safety. If you are careful, this is a great place for a Lake District adventure and some epic Instagram shots!
There are many picturesque tarns in the Lake District. Did you know there are 197 tarns in the Lake District national park?
One particularly pretty tarn is Stickle Tarn. You pass this tarn on the way to Harrison Stickle and Jack’s Rake. You can really admire the reflection of the surrounding fells in the water. There is also a tiny island with a hardy tree determined to live there.
Ashness Bridge is a very pretty bridge and is one of the Lake District’s best Instagram spots.
Ashness Bridge is made from stone and can be found on the Borrowdale Road. Marked on most maps, the grid reference is NY270196. From the bridge you can enjoy a snack or take some pictures! This photographic spot also offers excellent views across to mighty Skiddaw.
Rampshaw Beck is a wonderful Instagram spot in the Lake District National park. The beck tumbles down rocks creating a lovely waterfall. You can hop across the beck and take plenty of photos in the waterfall.
Rampshaw Beck is a particularly picturesque spot in autumn. The surrounding trees turn bright yellow and vibrant orange. The Lake District in autumn is very magical.
Add Rampshaw Beck to your Instagram spots in the Lake District list.
“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
Whilst we can never be certain that this spot by the side of Ullswater inspired William’s Wordsworth to write one of England’s most famous poems, it is certainly an inspirational spot. In springtime, this spot on Glencoyne Bay turns yellow as pretty daffodils cover the floor.
If you happen to be visiting the lakes during March or April see if you can stop by to take some photos on Glencoyne bay. The daffodils make for a colourful addition to your Instagram feed.
Helvellyn is an iconic peak in the Lake District National Park. From the summit, you can take some truly instagrammable photos of the surrounding area.
Helvellyn is the third-highest point in England and the Lake District. Many people end at Helvellyn after making the exhilarating Striding Edge scramble. From the summit, you can admire Striding Edge as well as Swirral Edge. You can also look across to the Northern and Western Fells. It can get quite windy at the summit so hold on to your camera whilst taking photos on Helvellyn.
Scrambling up Striding Edge is one of the classic things to do in the Lake District National park.
Striding Edge is known as a sharp arête. This is a knife-edge ridge with sheer drops either side. Many people have died here! Yet if you survive, it is an exhilarating hike and epic Instagram spot!
Striding Edge begins at Hole-in-the-Wall (great name) and then stretches 1.5 km (0.9 mi) to the summit of Helvellyn. You can start your scramble up Striding Edge from both Patterdale and Glenridding. You can choose to scramble over the top of the ridge or follow the path on the right-hand side.
The final stretch is quite steep and rocky.
There are many great photo opportunities on Striding Edge. Instagrammers are advised to take their shots at the start of the scramble so that they can fully concentrate when they reach trickier parts. As always, put your safety first. No photo is worth your life! You could also use a GoPro to capture your epic scramble. This way, with a GoPro on your head, you will have both hands free to hold on!
Striding Edge is an excellent Instagram spot in the Lake District.
Esthwaite Water was Beatrix Potter’s favourite lake. It is thought to have inspired the character Jeremy Fisher. It is a much smaller lake and is nestled between Windermere and Coniston Water.
Sadly, much of the lake is restricted to the public but there is one path down to the lake shore. It is privately owned and was unusually auctioned on eBay a few years ago!
The Lake District is a beautiful place. Many people go to the national park and head straight upwards and into the hills whereas others prefer to stay on the lakes. A few of us try to combine both! The view from Gowbarrow Fell enables you to enjoy both the hills and the lakes.
Gowbarrow Fell is placed on the edge of Ullswater. The hills rise sharply at the head of Ullswater meaning that a walk on Gowbarrow Fell enables you to see some epic views of the lake and get into the hills.
There is a lovely circular hike starting by Aira Force which goes straight up to the summit of Gowbarrow Fell. Yet it is on the way back down that you are treated to the most spectacular views. Standing on Gowbarrow Park overlooking Ullswater and seeing the Helvellyn range in the distance is a beautiful lake district spot. Stop for a photo, or get the coffee/tea flask out of your rucksack and drink in the view.
Gowbarrow Fell is a very instagrammable spot in the Lake District National Park.
Kayaking on Lake Windemere
Did you even go to the Lake District if you did not spend some time on a lake?!
Whilst you can sit on a ferry or a motorboat, kayaking is a great way to really feel the waves. Of course, you may physically feel the waves as water gets into your kayak, but it is exciting and a good way to work off all that Grasmere gingerbread!
To get a good Instagram photo whilst kayaking, consider taking a GoPro or a waterproof camera as you do not want to lose your phone in the water!
Waterfalls are magical. One of the most magical waterfalls in the Lake District is Aira Force.
The little stone bridges cross the white water giving this lake district Instagram spot a sense of timelessness.
There are many pretty woodland paths crisscrossing the water. Wonder these paths and admire the various views of the mighty Aira Force. Visiting Aira Force is one of the many great things to do in Pooley Bridge.
Catbells is a family favourite in the Lake District making this a great Instagram spot for all!
Wainwrite famously wrote “It is one of the great favourites, a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together, a place beloved. Its popularity is well deserved: its shapely topknott attracts the eye offering a steep but obviously simple scramble.”
The Cat Bells fell is just 451m high but is very close to Keswick which explains its popularity. The lovely shaped hills are a magnet for photographers.
Sharp Edge is an Instagram spot in the Lake District for adventurous travellers! Sharp Edge is an arete, which is a sharp ridge close to the summit of Blencathra. This scramble is less famous than Striding Edge but is just as terrifying!
Sometimes known as the Crib Goch of the Lake District, you will need a head for height for this photo spot. Also, make sure you are concentrating on your scramble and do not put yourself in any unsafe situations for a selfie! Choose a dry weather day, park at Scales and you can be at the base within an hour.
Avoid scrambling in wet or icy conditions. If you have been blessed with a dry weather day, you can take some incredible photos. You can show your Instagram followers the sheer impressive might of the arete ridge from the bottom of the trail. Whilst you are scrambling, it is advised to either take photos with a GoPro rather than a DSLR in order to keep your balance. From the top of the ridge you can take photos looking back down.
This Instagram spot in the Lake District will make you gulp but wow this must be on your adventurous things to do in the Lake District bucket list.
Far Easedale Gill
The walk into this glacial valley is pleasant but the view across Easedale is what makes this one of the Lake District’s finest Instagram spots.
Hikers tend to walk along Far Easedale Gill onto Brownrigg Moss before following the ridge onto Helm Crag. Just before you go up the ridge, there is an incredible photo opportunity of the U-shaped valley. Not only can you see how far you have hiked, but clearly make out what the glacier carved thousands of years ago. This is a little-known Instagram spot in the Lake District national park. It requires a few hours to reach this instagrammable place but once you have you will be amazed at the view!
Aira Force Bridge
Aira Force is a beautiful waterfall. Yet make sure to also admire the bridge when you visit this Lake District Instagram spot.
There are two old bridges crossing the waterfall. Whilst the upper one will most likely be full of people admiring the huge drop below, the lower one will be slightly less busy. Walk across and enjoy your lush green surroundings. This is a very pretty bridge in a very pretty place in the Lake District National Park.
Dungeon Ghyll is an epic Instagram spot in the Lake District National park. The impressive 40-foot waterfall races down the mountainside. You can park right at the bottom of the Lake District waterfall and walk up as far as you choose.
There are plenty of photo opportunities from the side of the waterfall as well as from the stones within the waterfall. Due to the abundance of water in the Lake District national park, the Dungeon Ghyll waterfall is an incredible photo spot year-round.
Dungeon Ghyll is one of the best Instagram spots in the Lake District national parks.
If you would like to go on a hike after visiting Dungeon Ghyll, you can carry on upwards to Jake’s Rake Scramble and over to Harrison Stickle. This is a breath-taking hike showcases some of the best landscapes in the national park. Also, the scramble up Jake’s Rake is a fun, exhilarating and adventurous thing to do in the Lake District national park.
Helm Crag is a fell just to the north of the pretty village of Grasmere. There are two distractive rocks on the summit which are known as the Lion and the Lamb. This is a steep but short hike which offers incredible views over the central fells in the Lake District national park. Well on most days, if you climb on a cloudy day you may be admiring the mist more than the views. Nevertheless, Helm Crag deserves a place on this Instagram spots in the Lake District national park list.
Hawkshead Village is on many Lake district itineraries due to one of its most famous inhabitants. Beatrix Potter fell in love with this instagrammable village and lived closeby. There are numerous museums in Hawkshead for the Potter fan. William Wordsworth was also educated at the Hawkshead Grammar School meaning this village is perfect for literature fans!
In terms of the best photo spots in Hawkshead, the village has a timeless atmosphere with its overhanging gables, maze of alleys and medieval squares. There are little shops which have been decorated in keeping with the oldy-worldly feel of the village.
Bring your camera and enjoy taking photos of this lovely spot in the Lake District national park.
Ulverston is one of the most colourful towns in Cumbria meaning there are plenty of Instagram spots in this historic market town.
Whilst Ulverston is not technically in the national park, it is where the Cumbrian Way starts making it an important stop on many walkers’ Lake District itineraries. The market town calls itself a festival town due to the many festivities that occur throughout the year. Whether your visit to Ulverston falls during one of these festivals or not, there are plenty of photo opportunities. The colourful cottages and houses mean you can take Instagram shots of the architecture. There are also colourful flags adorning the cobbled streets. Wherever you turn in this pretty town, there are ample photo opportunities making Ulverston another great stop to add to your Instagram bucket list.
If you fancy staying the night in Ulverston, you can check out this lovely vegan and zero-waste B&B. This was a perfect base to explore the Southern lakes from.
England’s deepest lake has a magical photographic quality. On a calm day, the waters reflect the surrounding mountains perfectly. This view was voted one of the best in Britain and it is easy to see why. The view from the south end of the lake is breath-taking. This is a beautiful photo spot in the Lake District and is perfect for your Instagram feed!
The view from Blencathra is one of the best photo spots in the Northern Lakes.
Blencathra was known as Saddleback for hundreds of years until the famous walker, Wainright, used its older Cumbric name of Blencathra. The mountain deserves this ancient name at an impressive height of 868m. Hikers park in Scales and choose one of the various ascents to reach this Instagram spot. Hikers with a head for heights and adventurous couples may choose the famous scramble along Sharp Edge.
Once you reach the summit, brace the wind and admire the epic view across the Northern lakes and even into Scotland! You can take plenty of photos from the top of Blencathra, documenting your mountain bagging, for your Instagram feed.
Grasmere is one of the most photogenic places in the Lake District national park. Situated in the heart of the Lake District, Grasmere is full of pretty stone cottages, gingerbread, Wordworth’s cottage and a small lake. If you head upwards you can take some amazing photos of the village from Helm’s Crag. Yet just wondering around the village of Grasmere will reward visitors with some wonderful photo opportunities.
Rydal Cave is an incredible photography spot in the Lake District national park. The man-made cavern creates an eerie frame of the valley.
You can walk up to Rydal Cave from White Moss Car park. To enter the cave, you must hop over a few stepping stones so watch your camera! Once you are inside the old quarry, get your camera out and take some very instagrammable pictures. Best experienced on a cloudy day to get those moody northern England shots.
Would you dare to enter the mouth of Rydal Cave?
White Moss Woods
White Moss Woods is one of the Lake District’s best Instagram spots, especially in spring time! In spring, the woods turn sapphire as carpets of bluebells appear for just a few weeks every year. Time your visit to White Moss woods around May and you may be lucky enough to take plenty of photos of beautiful bluebells! Strolling amongst the blue bells in White Moss woods is also a romantic thing to do in the Lake District national park.
The Bridge House in Ambleside
The Bridge House in Ambleside is a perfect photography spot in the Lake district national park. The bridge house is a quaint structure which straddles a little brook. It is said that the house was added after the bridge to create an apple store.
The Bridge House was in desperate need of repair in the 1920s (the apple store had been added in the 17th century) and William Heelis, Beatrix Potter’s husband, helped along with a group of supporters to restore the building. The instagrammable Bridge House was then donated to the National Trust.
In order to show that it was worth saving this lovely little building, stop off in Ambleside and take some photos for your Instagram feed or photo album to show the world how pretty the Bridge house is!
Blackbeck Tarn is a very atmospheric tarn that you must add to your ultimate Lake District Instagram spots list.
To reach Blackbeck Tarn you must climb upwards from Gatesgarth. Your efforts will be rewarded though with views of the mighty Great Gable and Kirk Fell. This large tarn lies nestled amongst these giants and is close to Wainwrights favourite peak Haystacks.
Orrest Head is a small hill with a huge legacy. Orrest Head was the first fell that Wainwright climbed. It is just a 20-minute walk from the town of Windemere to the summit. What awaits you (and your camera) will not fail to impress you as it did Alfred Wainwright back in 1930. He wrote “our first ascent in Lakeland, our first sight of mountains in tumultuous array across glittering waters, our awakening to beauty.”
From Orrest Head you can see some of the Lake Districts most famous peaks such as Old Man of Coniston, Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Fairfield and the Langdale Pikes.
This summit does not require a lengthy hike and the epic panorama from the top makes it one of the best Instagram spots in the Lake District.
We could not write an ultimate list of Instagram spots in the Lake District without including Wainright’s favourite peak: Haystacks! I am certain he would have posted a selfie of himself at the top had he been an active instagrammer.
Finally, our last Instagram spot in the Lake District is Innominate Tarn. If Alfred Wainwright wanted to be left here then it must be a good spot! Innominate Tarn is a small pond near the summit of Haystacks. Surrounded by some of the Lake District giants, this is a very picturesque spot.
If it was good enough for Wainright, it is good enough for our epic list of Instagram spots in the Lake District!
Which Instagram spot in the Lake District would you like to visit?
We hope you have been inspired to grab your camera and head to the lakes!
Which Instagram spot in the Lake District national park would you like to visit? Have we missed any iconic Instagram spots? Let us know in the comments below!