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Catbells above early morning mist

Catbells above early morning mist

Shoot Locations
Ashness Bridge

Ashness Bridge

OS grid reference NY 270-196

Ashness Bridge can be located by taking the narrow road to Watendlath, a left-turn off the B5289 Borrowdale road, about three miles south of Keswick. The bridge can be found a few hundred yards up this road. There is a NT car park (free) ...

Getting there

Ashness Bridge can be located by taking the narrow road to Watendlath, a left-turn off the B5289 Borrowdale road, about three miles south of Keswick. The bridge can be found a few hundred yards up this road. There is a NT car park (free) about 100 yards past the bridge on the right.

What to Shoot

This is one of the most photographed viewpoints in the Lake District and it can be VERY busy.  You need to avoid the crowds by going early or late; that way sunrise or sunset will make your photograph all the more dramatic. There is a great view looking down across Derwent Water to Keswick and Skiddaw. There are lots of rocks bordering the stream in front of the bridge that make for an excellent lead in to the shot and a chance to take some nice ‘milky’ slow exposures. Again, colours are particularly good in the autumn but remember not to go too early or late or the fells behind you will prevent the sun from reaching the bridge and cast a dark shadow over your image.