View across frozen Derwentwater, Lake District

I took this photograph last week when Derwentwater in the UK Lake District was frozen over. It was a bright, sunny morning and the views were spectacular.

Frozen Derwentwater, Lake District, UK

Frozen Derwentwater

It’s taken from near Friar’s Crag, an attractive viewpoint which overlooks the lake with views across to the popular peak of Cat Bells. It is a short walk from Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. The water level was low, so I could get low down for this shot and show the boulders in the foreground.

This area is a good place to photograph at any time of year but get there early to avoid jostling with other photographers and sight seers. On sunny mornings, the peaks are lit with a beautiful warm glow, making them even more photogenic.

Location fact file: Friar’s Crag, Derwentwater. Grid Reference: NY 263 222. Park on the pay and display near Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Walk down towards the lake and past the boats and jetties. Continue walking along the path that runs parallel to the lake for around 5 minutes. Friar’s Crag is a rocky knoll on the lake shore.