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The Lake District & Brecon Beacons


A photo essay showcasing the collaboration between artist Tom Musgrove and photographer Simon Bray.

Photography: Simon Bray


The Lake District is a mountainous region in North-West England. The area is famous for its tranquil lakes, dense forests and scattered mountains. It is located in the county of Cumbria, and is England’s largest national park. Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England is also situated in the Lake District. The area contains the deepest and longest bodies of water in England, respectively Wastwater and Windermere. The Brecon Beacons is a mountain range in South Wales which forms the central section of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Brecon Beacons and the Lake District are some of the most famous and iconic national parks in the United Kingdom. For our latest photo essay, Simon Bray who is a professional landscape and documentary photographer from Manchester, United Kingdom has captured the Lake District and the Brecon Beacons in their raw natural beauty.

His stunning collection of images perfectly showcase the contrasting colours of the mountains, lakes and forests in two of the UK's most iconic national parks. The photo essay also includes a collection of black & white images taken in a variety of locations around the Lake District. These images featured in Simon's recent project; 'The Edges of These Isles'. This was a collaboration between artist Tom Musgrove and photographer Simon Bray, depicting seven landscape locations from across the British Isles using their respective mediums.

To view this project, their film, artwork and photography or to purchase their book visit