A Guide to Photographing Coniston Water - Location A

Location A: South West Jetty

The Photo below was taken from the banks of the Lake near to a wooden Jetty located to the South-West of the lake. The road (A5084) to the West of the Lake passes over a cattle grid as you drive North from the Southern end of the lake/ Just after this spot the land on the right opens up and a view of the Lake and some boats can be seen appx. 200 yards in the distance. There is a parking area just a few yards further on on the right. If you park here there is a short path to a gate into the field that you just passed. This field allows access to the edge of the lake and some stunning views North. There are always boats here to provide foreground interest.

Along the bank from the path there is a gate providing access to the Jetty. It is meant for use by passengers only but I was not challenged on any of the occasions that I accessed the Jetty.

Double Rainbow over Coniston Water, Cumbria

This location has views East over Coniston Water and is a good option for dawn if the forecast is for interesting weather (broken cloud) It is not usually at it's best on clear mornings.

These photos were taken just after dawn and benefit from releatively calm conditions and broken cloud to catch the morning light. The 30 minutes prior to sunrise are often when the wind is at it's calmest. A breeze can pick up quickly shortly after sunrise and ruin calm water reflections.

The other advantage of dawn is that this location is easier to access when it is quiet. Technically the jetty is for passenger use only.