Shafts of sunlight over the Langdale Pikes copyright Val Corbett

Top 7 locations for painting in the Lake District

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:

Sketch of Packhorse Bridge at Wasdale Head copyright Sue Thompson

"There are also classic views of Gable, Scafell and Yewbarrow on road to Wasdale Head."

2. Ravenglass, Town End:

Sketch of Ravenglass copyright Sue Thompson

"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:

Sketch of St Catherines Church at Boot copyright Sue Thompson

"There is also a very scenic river and Stanley Ghyll waterfall close by."

4. Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick:

Watercolour of Castlerigg Stone Circle copyright Sue Thompson

5. Rather Heath Tarn near Kendal:

Sketch of Rather Heath Tarn copyright Sue Thompson

"This is a delightfully tucked away fishing tarn."

6. High Street from Gatescarth Pass, Mardale side:

Sketch of High Street copyright Sue Thompson

7. Yew Tree Tarn, near Coniston:

Yew Tree Tarn copyright Sue Thompson

"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

Map of locations for painting copyright LDNPA

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Cottage near Coniston - copyright Charlie Hedley

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