A Hike to Remember: Rydal Water and Loughrigg Fell at Sunset. A Lake District Wedding Hike.

The Lakes is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with its stunning landscapes and idyllic scenery. It's no wonder it's such a popular destination for couples who want to combine stunning scenery and their passion for the outdoors with their wedding day. 

Emma, Alan and their sausage dog Mash were having a small ceremony in Kendal registry office and were looking for ideas of how to combine that day with a fell walk, initially wanting to do it straight after I gave them my best advice around timings for the best light in May, and some suggestions on locations close by to their ceremony. They considered everything I said, thanking me for the advice and ultimately deciding on a sunset hike around Loughrgg with Mash the sausage dog, of course! 

We started our hike in the late afternoon, just as the sun was beginning to set. The weather was warm and sunny, with a gentle breeze that made the walk more pleasant. We walked along the shoreline of Rydal Water, taking in the views of the water and the surrounding mountains. The light was perfect for capturing photos as we climbed over the peak, with the soft golden hues of the sunset adding a magical touch to the landscape. The climb up Loughrigg fell was a bit challenging, but it was well worth it, and I still can't believe that Mash the Dog made it the whole way on those tiny little legs. The higher along Loughrigg we climbed, the more magnificent the views across rydal water became, with every panorama filling us with a little bit of awe!

I have a personal soft spot for elopements as I eloped myself! And I'm a firm believer that a small wedding should still feel like a big event, and not just an hour or two out of an afternoon with a few customary images. Adding a wedding day hike like this or another activity such as a boat cruise around Windermere or even rock climbing can really add another dimension to your elopement. It can help take your photos from feeling like a series of posed images to having them feel weighted around a memorable day-long experience that you can re-live again and again. It also makes for more natural images, which I know is what so many couples who book me really crave. I loved this wedding hike and feel sp privileged to have been a part of it and curate these memories for them. 

If you're looking for a unique and unforgettable way to capture your special day, consider taking a hike around Rydal Water and up Loughrigg Fell. The scenery is breathtaking, and the light at sunset is perfect for photography. And who knows, you might even be lucky enough to meet an adorable sausage dog along the way!