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March 2018

Not all drone pilots are photographers, and not all photographers are drone pilots!

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Not all drone pilots are photographers, and not all photographers are drone pilots!

One of the most difficult things about hiring a drone operator in Cumbria & Lancashire is knowing what you are going to get for your money , or if the drone operator you are hiring is going to be able to handle the job that you are placing!

At the present time, the UAV market is very young and is generally separated into 2 camps.

Camp No.1 Is full of photographers and videographers. They love cameras, they love to use the UAV as a creative tool, producing all kinds of beautiful images by carefully manipulating the complex cameras that can be mounted on even the most basic of UAVs. Ask them to carry out an aerial survey with Pix4D or similar and they turn white with fear.

Camp No.2 is full of drone pilots who see UAV as a game changer in a million different industries. Ask them to carry out an aerial survey or a roof inspection and they cant load up the mini van quick enough. But ask them to produce some stunning and creative aerial content and they will put the camera in auto mode and hope for the best!

Whilst these two camps are the stereotypical illustration of the marketplace at the moment, in my experience, they are not far from the truth! So how do you find the right camp? The answer is to look for both.

Check out your potential partner’s website.

•    Does it look up to date and well designed?

•    Does the content look good, or is it shaky and fuzzy?

•    Does the website talk more about surveys and inspection, or more about photography and video?

•    Are they using up to date professional equipment or using obsolete drones like the Inspire 1?

Once you have narrowed the field down, call your potential partners and ask them about the services they offer.

•    Are they knowledgeable, are they passionate?

•    Have they previous experience of your project?

•    Do they sound like your kind of people?

•    Are they charging the correct price? (if it’s cheap then ask questions)

And of course, the most important thing to ask is for a copy of their CAA permissions and insurance details before you go any further. Plus check their photographic qualifications.

Hovershotz hold a diploma in photography & videography and have been building & flying remote control aircraft for over 20 years. We have a wealth of aerial filming in the Lake District for filmmakers. In addition to aerial filming and drone photography, we are very experienced in aerial drone surveys.

How many lakes are there in the Lake District? Is it 0, 1, 16 or 92?

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How many lakes are there in the Lake District? This is a bit of a trick question, coined in the 1970’s as a pub quiz question in the south of England. Wrongly, the pub quiz claimed that there is only one Lake in the Lake District, which is Bassenthwaite Lake. We can see why Southerners wrongly believed this fact and perpetuated this myth. Bassethwaite is the only lake with lake in its title but that doesn’t make it the only lake in the Lake District. There are the 16 lakes that are considered the main lakes of the Lake District and a further 76 bodies of water that could be considered as lakes, however theses have mere, tarn or water in their names. A glance in the dictionary might be helpful, both the Oxford English and the Collins define meres and tarns as lakes. Also, if there is only one Lake in the Lake District is it called the Lake District.

We here at Hovershotz are native to the Lake District and are well used to the old Westmorland and Cumberland dialects (Cumbric), which in part form the root cause of the belief that there is only one Lake in the Lake District.

Lets examine the facts.

Wikipedia lists Bassenthwaite as the only lake in the Lake District, so then there must be only one lake in the Lake District, right? Well, no this is wrong! Up until the mid 1800’s Bassenthwaite was known as Bassenthwaite Water, until that is, when a Victorian industrialist bought a large property on the shores of Bassenthwaite and didn’t think Bassenthwaite Water (in fact it was then called Baffenthwaite Watter) sounded posh enough for his city slicker friends and guests, who thought Water conjured up an image of a pond, so he decided to rename Bassenthwaite Water as Bassenthwaite Lake.

So if the Lake District is called the Lake District, why aren’t all the bodies of water called Lakes? Well, they are, at least in Cumbrian (Westmorland & Cumberland) dialects they are.

Before the railways opened up the Lake District to tourists in Victorian times, very few people visited and local place names and features were called by their historic names handed down through the generations. These were:

  • Meres – comes from Old English (Anglo Saxon) and refers to a pond or a lake
  • Tarn – comes from the Norse Tjorn meaning small lake
  • Water – is from Danish/Dutch warter or Norse vatten
  • Lake – comes from the French word Lac

In modern English:

  • Mere -refers to a lake that is broad in relation to its depth
  • Tarn – A small mountain lake (usually created from glaciers with no tributaries)
  • Water – Suffix for any body of water that can be defined as a lake

Interestingly in Thomas West’s Guide to the Lakes in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire published in 1778; Thomas refers to Bassenthwaite as called Bassenthwaite Water but describes it as a Lake. He also describes all other Waters as Lakes, such as what he calls Windermere Water. So, clearly in the 1700’s waters & meres were considered lakes.


So, to go back to the original question of how many lakes are there in the Lake District? If you answered one, then you are wrong. It’s a trick question; there is only one lake in the Lake District with Lake in it’s name (Bassenthwaite Lake but even that was named Bassenthwaite Water until recently) but any body of water with Mere, Water or Tarn in it’s title can truly be considered a Lake if you are a Cumbrian. However, the mis informed will continue to smugly answer that there is only one lake in the Lake District. We think that there are 92 bodies of water in the Lake District that meet the Cumbrian (Cumberland & Westmorland) definition of a lake but there again there are 16 of these that are considered the true lakes of the Lake District, so our answer is there are either 16 or 92 lakes in the Lake District, depending on what you define as a lake. What is clear though, is the claim that Bassenthwaite is the only lake in the lake district completely wrong (although it’s easy to understand how this myth perpetuated).

Hovershotz are based in Cumbria and offer aerial drone filming and photography across the Lake District.

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