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Country Walking and Stuart Maconie

The current issue of Country Walking magazine features a cover shot whilst I was out on a typically (ahem) glorious Lake District summer day on Bowscale Fell with Stuart Maconie. Stuart’s article inside gives plentiful reasons to visit this underrated little fell and the tarn it cradles, but shhhh, don’t tell anyone!

Commended in Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year

Fresh from a visit to Torridon with a great group of photographers, I was delighted to hear last week that this image, Dissolved, Slioch and Loch Maree… (read more)

Blencathra. Oh inverted world.

It’s no secret that I love winter. However, as much as I adore its manipulation and simplification of the landscape, this isn’t just down to snow… (read more)

Last order dates for Christmas delivery

Please note the last order date for guaranteed Christmas delivery will be Thursday December 15th… (read more)

King’s How, Borrowdale

The high ground that sits above Borrowdale has long been a fecund tract of hunting land for photographers, with its fine views over Derwent Water and surrounding fells… (read more)

Cat Bells Inversion

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m fond of little old Cat Bells, even if I’m unlikely to ever photograph anything new up there… (read more)

Otley Beck, Lake District holiday cottage photography

Don’t let the quirky curved walls and beautiful oak beams and farmhouse character of Otley Beck fool you – rather than being the usual barn conversion as with many Lake District holiday cottages… (read more)

Haystacks, Braithwaite, Lake District holiday cottage photography

Another instalment from the ever – growing catalogue of Lake District holiday cottage photography… (read more)

National Trust Acorn Bank

Following on from a shoot I did for the National Trust at Allan Bank in Grasmere last year, last week I was at Acorn Bank near Temple Sowerby for a summer marketing shoot… (read more)

Grasmere Independent Hostel

I was recently back at Grasmere Hostel to update their photography, as Dave and Sally have been pretty busy since I was last there… (read more)

Garden Cottage, Howe Foot

As some of you know, the vast majority of my output as a photographer working in the Lake District isn’t landscapes… (read more)

Loughrigg fell with Meindl boots

Most of my Lake District commercial photography takes me indoors rather than out these days, so it was great to be released into the hills on a shoot for Meindl boots recently… (read more)

A Hebridean Hopscotch

Daylight, but early. I’ve not seen true darkness in a week. The tent quivers then stills, shrugging off the landfall of an isolated Atlantic breeze… (read more)

The Great Outdoors June cover

The latest issue of the Great Outdoors is on the shelves now, and features a cover shot on High Snockrigg looking towards Fleetwith Pike and Great Gable… (read more)

Thirlmere and Raven Crag

Raven Crag is a popular place for walkers, climbers and wild campers. The direct path gets you up there quickly, and the views over Thirlmere to Helvellyn are a Lake District classic… (read more)

Lake District Photography in The Great Outdoors

There are a few more photos of mine amongst lots of other lovely Lake District features in this month’s Great Outdoors Magazine… (read more)

Deepdale, Greenhow End and a tree

It’s easy to be drawn back to familiar photographic memories, and I think I ended up wandering alone down Deepdale at a similar time to this last year… (read more)

Frozen Innominate Tarn and Great Gable

After a Lake District winter classic with Sunday’s ridge day over Whiteside, on Monday it was time for a bit less walking and more considered camera time… (read more)

Whiteside – the Lake District’s best easy ridge?

After a poor start to the season it seems winter is now in a more playful mood, with repeated poking of the ribs and a cheeky smile saying ‘ah you love me really….’ (read more)

Slioch and Loch Maree

Often espoused as being one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland, Loch Maree certainly has a way of charming the landscape photographer… (read more)

Maol Chean-dearg, An Ruadh-stac and adaptability

Planning for mountain landscape photography in winter usually means formulating one and then tearing it up… (read more)

A week of transition

That rare thing in the Lake District, a settled week under the belt, and the driest spell we’ve had so far this year… (read more)

Photographing a Lake District winter

It has been a distinctly mixed (ie poor) winter in the Lake District so far, but to balance things out there are six pages of my snowy Lakes highlights in this month’s issue of The Great Outdoors magazine… (read more)

Great, Great End

Breathless winter. Hollow clatter of metal on rock. Occasional shreds of conversation float across the empty space from neighbouring summits. Up here, suddenly, life is boundless… (read more)

Winter photography tips

Overnight rain coupled with mild temperatures means we’ve lost a lot of snow in the Lake District as of today, which hopefully won’t be the end of winter entirely… (read more)

Carrock Fell in winter

Suddenly winter, and suddenly so much of it. It’s been a wonderfully snowy few days in the Lake District, and the UK’s mountains in general if my social media feeds are anything to go by… (read more)

Derwent Water distractions

Yesterday I headed down Borrowdale with the aim of popping up on to Dale Head for sunset… (read more)

Winter settles

So far this winter we’ve had 2 isolated days of snow in the Lake District before a rapid thaw… (read more)

Embrace the rain…?

It’s difficult to do after the amount we’ve had and the damage it’s caused in the Lake District and Cumbria… (read more)

Autumn at Allan Bank, Grasmere

Back in October I was asked by the National Trust to come and take a selection of photos of Allan Bank in Grasmere… (read more)

Photo highlights of 2015

The commercial side of Lake District photography kind of overtook the landscape side this year, so there aren’t as many pretty mountain photos for the end of year list… (read more)

Lochan na h-Achlaise

I’m rarely compelled to photograph scenes that have already been shot a million times before, particularly those at the side of a busy road… (read more)

Glaramara and the one day winter

Glaramara is an overlooked fell in both senses of the word. It’s hardly a busy Lakes thoroughfare… (read more)

Last order dates for guaranteed Christmas delivery

Not the most scintillating news update I’ll grant you, but one that needs to be mentioned… (read more)

New Lake District guidebook: Top Ten Walks to Viewpoints

I’m delighted to say that my first (and possibly last, let’s not get ahead of ourselves!) Lake District walking guide book… (read more)

Castlerigg Stone Circle and the first snow of winter

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg stone circle is one of those Lake District locations I’ve always been a little bit sniffy about… (read more)

Craggs Gate Wood, Greystoke Forest

Not every day can be a hill day. Hollywood rain upon the roof, and Carrock Fell has apparently floated off into some structureless grey matter… (read more)

Piece on composition in Outdoor Enthusiast

There’s a short article of mine on some (very) basic compositional ideas in this month’s Outdoor Enthusiast magazine… (read more)

Favourite Lake District views in the Great Outdoors magazine

You may have seen a few shots of mine on the front cover and in the pages of the Great Outdoors before… (read more)

Moments of calm at Crummock Water

‘All that paused water, unsure of its obligations….’ Robert Macfarlane, The Old Ways…
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Summer wanders …..

… to where, we do not know… (read more)

Bagh Steinigidh in Outdoor Photography magazine

There’s a little guide of mine to one of the Isle of Harris’ less photographed beaches, Bagh Steinigidh, in this month’s Outdoor Photography magazine… (read more)

Low energy, Low Fell

June (and, as it was a couple of hours later, today, July) is no time to be in the hills as a mountain photographer… (read more)

Langdale, helicopters, Leo and Charley…

Ok, I’m a photographer who lives in the Lake District. There aren’t many mornings where I don’t have to pinch myself just to make sure it’s all real… (read more)

Washing Up

I know every time I write something here it seems to be related to the last hit of winter…. but yes, yet again we’ve had another fresh covering on the hills this evening… (read more)

Winter clings on…

As I write this I’m listening to the sleety rain lashing the windows, and crashes of things being hurled around the garden that probably shouldn’t be hurling around the garden… (read more)

Low Fell

As a member of the Wainwright family unassuming Low Fell may have managed to achieve a certain level of fame… (read more)

Last of the Lake District winter?

After spending the morning photographing a guest house in Keswick on Wednesday, I decided I could sneak an afternoon in the hills before heading back to finish the edit… (read more)

Cat Bells, Castle Crag and Country Walking

Last spring during Keswick Mountain Festival I joined a few of the Country Walking magazine team… (read more)

Deepdale

Under timid grey skies that threatened nothing more than frustrating spits of rain, I headed into Deepdale with the the finest of plans – none at all… (read more)