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.

There are easy bits to get to of course – the likes of Surprise View and Ashness Bridge swallow up great numbers of people leaving the better bits much quieter.

For a short walk, King’s How offers far better possibilities than either, with more open views and a mixture of heather, bracken and birch that bring their own colours to the party at different times of year.

The walk up from Borrowdale is quite steep, but heads up through a delightful section of woodland where you may see deer early in the morning. An easier option is to park at Watendlath and walk over Brund Fell/ Jopplety How and drop down to it before a smaller final ascent.

The most obvious view is that over Derwent Water to Skiddaw, but depending on the angle of light the opposite view over the head of Borrowdale to the surrounding fells is also more than worthy of photographing – famously Alfred Wainwright’s ‘loveliest square mile in all of Lakeland’.


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