Films and TV shows you might not have known were filmed in Cumbria

It’s no secret that Cumbria is home to beautiful scenery and makes the perfect backdrop for any occasion.

Well, lots of film directors have the same opinion as a plethora of TV shows and films featured scenes from in and around Cumbria.

From Star Wars to Miss Potter, Cumbria and in particular, the Lake District has had its beauty showcased in a number of films over the years.

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Here are just some of the TV shows and films that feature scenes from Cumbria.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees the Millennium Falcon flying over Derwentwater, in one of the several aerial fight scenes which feature the Cumbrian landscape as a backdrop.

In the film, Rey arrives on Takodana for the first time and says “I didn’t know there was so much green in the whole galaxy” which no doubt echoes the sentiments of many visitors to the area.

The Force Awakens also shows an aerial view over Watendlath Tarn looking towards Keswick and there is a scene shot looking towards Blencathra and Walla Crag.

Eagle-eyed viewers may have realised that scenes were located in the Lake District from the trailer alone.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Scenes were shot in Landgale
Scenes were shot in Landgale

Residents of the Lake District were visited by an all-star Hollywood cast including Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Eddie Izzard, Ray Winstone, and the late Bob Hoskins in 2011.

They were in the Langdale area to film Snow White and the Huntsman, a reboot of the classic fairytale and dropped into the Waterage Inn in Ambleside for drinks.

The National Trust website says filming also took place at Cathedral Rock in the Lake District.

The dramatic scenes in the film that takes place in and around rock caves were filmed at Cathedral Cave, a secret 40-foot-high hole hidden under Little Langdale.

28 Days Later

Ennerdale Water
Ennerdale Water
(Image: National Trust)

Animal activists invade a laboratory with the intention of releasing chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation, infected by a virus that causes rage. The activists ignore the pleas of a scientist to keep the cages locked, with disastrous results.

The closing scenes of the zombie movie 28 Days Later were filmed in Ennerdale, in the Lakes.

Ennerdale in real life is a great place to visit to escape the paces of daily life, while in the film the main characters take shelter from the zombie threat in a farmhouse and wait, in hope of rescue.

Miss Potter

Beatrix Potters house Hilltop, Sawrey, Cumbria, England.
Beatrix Potters house Hilltop, Sawrey, Cumbria, England.
(Image: Getty Images)

Starring Renée Zellwegger, this film follows the life of Beatrix Potter, the English writer and illustrator most famous for her children’s books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Beatrix Potter bought much of the land that is now the Lake District National Park as she was a keen nature conservationist. Many scenes from the film were shot around the Lake District and Cumbria.

People who watch the film will be able to pick out distinctive places in the Lake District and you can even visit Beatrix Potter’s home.

Innocent

Some of the filming took place at Derwentwater
Some of the filming took place at Derwentwater
(Image: ITV)

The new series focuses on a scandal that has rocked Keswick in Cumbria in 2015, involving schoolteacher Sally Wright (played by Kelly), who was alleged to be having an affair with her 16-year-old pupil, Matty Taylor.

The new four-part series, opens with Sally in the dock of Carlisle Crown Court, determined to prove her innocence and that she’s been the victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice.

Much of the show was shot in Keswick.

The A Word

Keswick on the edge of Derwent Water in the Lake District National Park
Keswick on the edge of Derwent Water in the Lake District National Park

The story follows members of the Hughes family, who seem to lead a normal existence until they receive some unexpected news. Communication problems with five-year-old son Joe lead to a diagnosis of autism. It changes the lives of the family members, who have to pull together and learn to better communicate to deal with the boy’s condition.

This six-part drama series is set in a fictional Cumbrian town and was filmed in locations around the Lake District. That includes Keswick, Coniston, Thirlmere, Buttermere and Kendal.

The Bay

The Bay returned to our screens in January but already filming has started on season three.
The Bay returned to our screens in January but already filming has started on season three.
(Image: ITV)

In the first series, Morven Christie plays a detective sergeant family liaison officer called in on an investigation into missing twins from a family living in Morecambe. The name of the series derives from Morecambe Bay, which is in Lancashire.

The Bay may be set in Morecambe but many scenes were shot in various locations across Cumbria. Several scenes for the first series were filmed at Whitehaven harbour, along with some at the derelict Grange Lido swimming pool in Grange-over-Sands.

Safe House

View over Derwent Water towards Braithwaite, Portinscale, the Newlands Valley and the Coledale horseshoe. Taken from the summit of Walla Crag.
View over Derwent Water towards Braithwaite, Portinscale, the Newlands Valley and the Coledale horseshoe. Taken from the summit of Walla Crag.
(Image: Emily Bell/Unsplash)

This 2015 crime drama was broadcast on ITV and starred Christopher Eccleston and Marsha Thomason was filmed in and was both filmed and based in Cumbria.

The plot follows the main characters, Robert and Katy, as they turn their picturesque guest house in the Lake District into a Safe House after being persuaded by one of Robert’s former colleagues.

According to Creative England, the majority of Safe House was shot around Coniston – however, the lake that appears throughout the series was, in fact, a number of different beaches including the Lingholm estate in Portinscale and a National Trust property on the other side of the Derwentwater.

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