The UK is one of the most picturesque places in the entire world, full of rolling green hills, thick pine forests, dramatic coastlines and towering mountains. Scrolling through Instagram, it’s easy to become distracted with the abundance of images depicting far-flung destinations and to forget how stunning our own island is. Here are 11 UK based photographers who share captivating images of the UK countryside with their followers. Browse their feeds and try to resist the temptation to escape the city to explore the wilderness.
This self-titled ‘community of adventurers and creators’ mainly share beautifully atmospheric photographs of the Peak District national park. Local favourite spots such as Winnat’s Pass, Chrome Hill and Bamford Edge feature heavily, but you’re also likely to discover a few hidden spots for future adventures. Their green and gold colour palette entices followers to discover the UK’s very first national park all year round.
UK based photographer Chris Buxton has travelled to far flung destinations, but it’s his dramatic images of Wales that are his most captivating. From the dizzying heights of Snowdon, to the cliffs of the Pembrokeshire coastal path and mountain-top lakes in the Brecon Beacons, Chris lovingly documents Wales in a way that will make you instantly want to book a trip.
Based in Bath, adventure photographer Beth Squire loves to shoot dramatic coastlines and rolling hills. Her awe-inspiring shots of British locations such as the Brecon Beacons, the Dorset coast and the wilds of Scotland may be mixed in with overseas destinations including Alaska and the Faroe Islands, but her clever photography skills shock you into realising that breathtaking scenery is lurking not far from home.
Although she is currently residing in Norway, Lancashire lass Katy’s feed is predominantly peppered with green-hued images of Scotland, Wales and the north of England. An adventurer at heart, Katy loves to explore the countryside, taking her followers on a journey through lush forests, along mountain roads and across beautifully bleak moors. If you’re at all disillusioned that it’s grim up north, follow Katy’s feed to be proven wrong.
Another Instagrammer based in the north of England, Ruth’s feed focuses on her simple life in the Peak District interjected with mountain-top adventures from across Europe. Working as a life coach, Ruth’s captions perfectly demonstrate how living and adventuring in the countryside can help to calm and satisfy your life. Follow Ruth’s feed to discover dramatic mountains to scale and luscious hills to run up.
Filmmaker and photographer, Hollie is based in the north of Wales, although at first glance you may think that her incredible photographs were shot in Iceland or the West Coast of America. Dramatic coastlines, eerie mountains, empty roads and ethereal waterfalls dominate her photography, predominantly focused around Wales but also depicting beautiful locations in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Part of the Peaks Collective, Daniel Casson shares dramatic imagery from all around the UK, concentrating particularly on the Peak District and the Highlands of Scotland. His signature high-contrast style is instantly recognisable, securing his staggering number of followers with his awesome imagery. Alongside documenting some of the most visited natural landmarks in these areas, Daniel also steps off the beaten track, making his feed one to follow if you’re looking to do the same.
American photographer Lilly Husbands is now based in London, the perfect location for exploring and documenting the British Isles. Her dramatic imagery concentrates predominantly on natural landscapes with many photographs taken in Scotland and the Lake District in particular. Scroll through her feed to feel inspired to take weekend trips away from London to discover more that the UK has to offer.
Another highly talented photographer based in the Peak District, Brandon Christie helps to demonstrate why people should spend time exploring this beautiful national park. Like other landscape photographers in the UK, Brandon also shoots breath-taking images in Scotland and Wales, convincing anyone who views his feed to explore the more remote parts of Britain.
The hills and the coast of Britain are documented in equal measure on Ryan Sheppeck’s Instagram account, beautifully combining the cool blue of the sea with the greens and golds of the countryside. From Old Harry Rocks to the Isle of Skye, Ryan explores the most impressive natural landscapes on this island, juxtaposing his images of the UK with dramatic scenes from the likes of Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
Lily shares ethereally beautiful images of her life living in the British countryside, documenting a romantic side of life in England. Moors covered in heather and gorse, luscious green forests and rich autumnal hues feature heavily in her images, crafting a feed full of inspiration for exploring the countryside.