Haystacks and the High Stile Ridge

Haystacks Summit

The Western Lake District is one of the most naturally beautiful parts of the Lakes in my view. Its quieter and less touristy than Keswick, Ambleside and Grasmere. Buttermere and Wasdale are the main villages in these areas and great bases for several magnificent walks in this area. Continue reading “Haystacks and the High Stile Ridge”

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Haystacks and the High Stile Ridge

Fix the Fells Exhibition Stand

Lake District Photography Exhibition Stand

Following on from my previous post about my continued support for Nurture Lakeland and Fix the Fells. I’m pleased to share with you a photo of the exhibition stand used at the Excel in London. It’s great to see my pictures printed almost life sized. Feedback from the event was great and the use of high quality imagery certainly pulled in passers by.

The image used on the display stand was taken from the Summit of Lingmoor Fell looking over the Langdale Pikes and Bowfell with the Mickleden valley below. You can find out more about this location and see other similar views on my Lake District Landscape Photography website.

Fix the Fells Exhibition Stand

Fix The Fells at The Outdoor Show

Continuing my support for conservation in the Lake District I’m pleased to let you know that Fix the Fells have chosen one of my Langdale Photographs for their Exhibition Banner at the forthcoming Outdoor Show at Excel in London 13th -16th January 2010. If you are planning on visiting the Outdoor Show pay a visit to the Fix the Fell stand to learn more about the great work they do to repair and maintain the Fell paths we all use.

Lake District Photography

Fix The Fells at The Outdoor Show

The Lakes on ITV1

The Lakes has returned to ITV1 tonight (8pm to 8:30pm) Rory McGrath narrates a new series of the programme following some of the characters who live and work in the Lake District during the summer months. Today’s episode features Rob Rose, a man who has spent the last 15 years on a mission to breed the perfect pet pig. When the piglets are old enough to be sold to their new owners, will Rob be able to let them go? Joe and Lyndi are preparing for what they hope will be a perfect lakeside wedding. But on the big day, will the famous Lake District rain force them inside? Last year, hotelier Thomas ‘The Gladiator’ Noblett made a valiant attempt to swim the Channel and this summer he has another epic challenge lined up much closer to home.

The Lakes on ITV1

Winter Wonderland

As the country is gripped by cold weather there was a wonderful opportunity to head out into the Lake District last Sunday. Deep snow and brilliant blue skies made for wonderful photo opportunities. Langdale is a favourite location of mine as its relatively easy to access from the South Lakes. However deep snow and steep untreated roads made for an interesting challenge. This video below shows the ascent up toward Blea Tarn from the Hardnott Pass road. What an experience.

Blea Tarn Snow

Once up at Blea Tarn it was clear to see we were the first visitors of the day, only animal tracks broke the perfect covering of deep snow.

Langdale in Snow

Two kids a 4×4 driver and a photographer soon spoil the fresh snow and leave tracks of our own.

Langdale in Snow

Further up the road looking into Mickleden, The Band below Bowfell and The Langdale Pikes, the foreground rock an sheep feeder gives you an idea of the snows depth at this point.

The ascent into Langdale from this point is bad enough on a fine day with tight hairpin bends and a 25% descent but add a deep covering of snow and see the video below for a taste of what it was like.

These pictures are a small selection of ones taken on my recent visit to Langdale. In the coming days more will be made available for sale via www.jamesbellphotography.co.uk. The above pictures can be viewed with more detail on my main website by clicking on the individual images. Or you can view more Lake District Images from Langdale here.

Hope your staying warm and looking forward to Christmas, I’m offering FREE Shipping on all my prints between now and Christmas and my Gallery Stock and selection of framed prints in Wilf’s Cafe both in Staveley have 30% off until Christmas too so there’s never been a better time to buy a Landscape Print from the Lake District.

All the best.

Winter Wonderland

Nurture Lakeland Success

As part of my ongoing support for conservation in the Lake District I’m pleased to report Nurture Lakeland was announced WINNER of the ‘Best Destination’ award in the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2010, held in London on Wednesday 10th November.

As part of their international award they were given a 4 page article in Responsible travel magazine (www.responsibletravel.com) which was given out at the World Travel Market to businesses from across the globe, it’s also available online here. In keeping with their branding they have used, in Nurture Lakelands words,  “your gorgeous pinky photo of Wast Water”. Click here to see More details on the Wastwater Photograph featured in the article.

Wastwater Lake District Prints

They faced competition from across the globe in the category to win the award, with the Kangaroo Valley Tourist Association, Australia being the Highly Commended runner up. Sue Savege, Director of Nurture Lakeland and Sustainable Tourism Officer Amy McLoughlin were in London to receive the award.

Ms Savege had this to say:

“We are delighted to have received international recognition for our important work to support conservation and promote sustainable tourism. Winning this prestigious award gives testimony not only to the hard work of the Nurture team, but also to the efforts of our members and supporters who are helping to secure a sustainable future for the Lake District and Cumbria.”

With over 17 years experience of inspiring businesses to support conservation and adopt sustainable tourism practices Nurture Lakeland is a pioneer of local tourism partnerships. This destination’s results speak for themselves – £1.7 million has been raised working with 1,200 tourism businesses in fundraising for local conservation projects. Campaigns such as a car free scheme and the Herdy Fund have been successful at encouraging visitors to the area to ditch the car, as well as promoting the conservation of the Herdwick sheep, and the rural lifestyle associated with upland fell farming in Cumbria and the lakes.

Business members of Nurture Lakeland are promoted through a Green Directory which visitors to the area can use to ensure they are supporting businesses that are environmentally conscious. Individuals are also encouraged to become members of Nurture Lakeland to help look after our beautiful yet surprisingly fragile landscape.

Congratulations must go to Nurture Lakelands team of dedicated professionals for their continued support of conservation in the Lake District and great exposure and recognition on an international stage.

Nurture Lakeland Success