"If it's people rather than places that make you snap-happy, then Manchester is the city to visit."

Windermere for...

Landscapes through your lens

It's nearly impossible to take a boring photo of the Lake District, but many of its locations require hiking boots, waterproofs and a stout constitution. As an accessible alternative, try Windermere. Just a short walk from the station is England's largest natural lake, a ribbon of water 10.5 miles long that mirrors the colours and moods of the surrounding sky, trees and fells. Wander around the edge along the Windermere Way, picking out details such as jetties and sailing boats, or take a cruise to see them from a different angle. Alternatively, head uphill from Windermere Station to Orrest Head. The panoramic views from this modest peak were enough to inspire guidebook author Alfred Wainwright when he visited in 1930.

Glasgow for...

Urban grit and polish

For everything from bleak industrial relics to futuristic architecture. Take a snapshot of the work of Art Nouveau designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, including The Lighthouse arts centre and Queen's Cross Church. At Clydeside, hulking cranes from the days of shipbuilding share the skyline with eye-catching new structures, such as the 127-metre Glasgow Tower.

York for...

A close-up on the past

Once you've marvelled at York Minster's* imposing scale, discover the intricate stone tracery of the West Front and the carved figures which lend a human element. Inside, soak up the Great East Window, the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. Finally, brave the gargoyles as you climb the 275 steps to the top of the Central Tower.

*Get 2FOR1 entry at York Minster - just shouw you rail ticket at the admissions desk

Manchester for...

People pictures

If it's people rather than places that make you snap-happy, then Manchester is the city to visit. To see the residents' party spirit at its best, make a date with one of the many community celebrations that take place throughout the year. The annual Manchester Irish Festival in March includes a Saint Patrick's Day parade, with the Caribbean Carnival following in July and Manchester Pride in August. The only danger is that,
caught up in a whirl of floats, sequins, feathers, food and dancing, you might just forget to press that shutter!

Scarborough for...

Sparkle by the seaside

Amusement arcades, flashing signs, shops selling sticks of rock, candy floss and gaudy souvenirs. The Grand Hotel as a vision of Victorian pomp, and the North Bay's row of rainbow-hued beach huts. Explosions of colour are everywhere in Scarborough.


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