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Boat on Lake Windermere with mountains in the background

ITV’s latest drama series Deep Water brings the beautiful landscapes of the Lake District to our TV screens. Fans will quickly come to realise the story is set around Lake Windermere, but where exactly did they film? Here we list some of the top Deep Water filming locations in the Lake District…


1. Lake Windermere

Boat on Lake Windermere with mountains in the background

Much of the series is set around the shores of Lake Windermere, with the stunning fells as a backdrop. In fact, any scenes in or on the water were shot on location at Lake Windermere. This includes the chilly swimming scenes performed by actress Faye Marsay, who plays DC Joanne Aspinall in the show. If you plan to visit the area there’s plenty to do, including rowing boat hire, lake cruises, water sports or even a picnic at Fell Foot Park. Find somewhere to stay in Windermere and explore this area in more detail.


2. Bowness-on-Windermere

Cobbled streets in Bowness-on-Windermere

The lakeside town of Bowness-on-Windermere features in the show as the workplace of character Roz Toovey. There are many shots showing the cobbled streets of Bowness and the lovely array of local, independent shops on offer. The town features a lot within the series and would be a great place to visit for fans of the show – why not head down to the pier and watch the boats come and go, or explore the World of Beatrix Potter attraction, before enjoying a good old portion of fish and chips on the beach! Check out some of our holiday cottages in Bowness and delve further into the set of Deep Water.


3. Staveley

The town of Staveley surrounded by trees and green fields

The small village of Staveley is a key location in the programme, uniting all three main characters, Lisa, Roz & Kate, as they meet at the school gates each hiding their own secrets from one another. These scenes were filmed at Staveley Primary School. The village is also the location for the homes of Lisa and Roz. Visitors to Staveley can enjoy an evening in the Hawkshead Brewery or a bite to eat at Wilf’s Cafe, before hopping on the bus or train into the heart of the Lake District.


4. Hawkshead

Hawkshead village with blue sky and green mountains in the background

One of the more impressive Deep Water filming locations is the house of character Kate Riverty. The backdrop to her eventful party in episode one, the elegant house overlooks Lake Windermere & is a real home, close to the village of Hawkshead. If staying in the area, visitors can revel in the quaint charm of Hawkshead with it’s cobbled streets and historic buildings. Amongst the most popular attractions are the cat cafe called Kittchen, The Little Ice Cream Shop and the National Trust Beatrix Potter Gallery.


5. Holbeck Ghyll

Holbeck Ghyll Country House

Holbeck Ghyll Country House is one of the most easily recognisable Deep Water filming locations. This lovely building features in episode two and shows off its beautiful, authentic interiors. Featuring as the backdrop of several key scenes in the show, this would be a great location to visit. The House offers fine dining and spa treatments, perfect for an afternoon of pampering.


6. Bluebird Cafe, Coniston

Bluebird Cafe in Coniston with the lake and jetty under blue skies

A key filming location is the real-life Bluebird Cafe on the shores of Coniston Water, appearing in the show as The Swan cafe. Many tense conversations & pivotal scenes unfold here in the programme – why not try it for yourself and pop in for a coffee when you visit. There’s plenty of other things to do and see in Coniston too, including the Ruskin Museum and the Steam Yacht Gondola. Take a look at some of our local holiday homes and find yourself in the heart of the action.


You can catch the latest episode of Deep Water on ITV every Wednesday at 9pm, or watch the entire series now online on the ITV Hub.


Image credits: Alice Wills PhotographyChris Morgan (CC BY-SA 2.0)Frank Pickavant (CC BY-ND 2.0)Ian Cunliffe (CC BY-SA 2.0)Jeff Buck (CC BY-SA 2.0)