Filming for a hit Netflix TV series has begun in the Lake District.

The Witcher, a fantasy drama, is filming its second series in Cumbria after it was confirmed in an Instagram post by actor Henry Cavill, who plays protagonist Geralt of Rivia.

The series will reportedly be filming in the area for another two weeks.

The filming has been welcomed by Gill Haigh, managing director at Cumbria Tourism.

She said: “Cumbria and the Lake District have long been the perfect place to be for film and TV productions, from the cult classic Withnail and I to current dramas such as BBC’s The A Word and ITV’s Deep Water, not forgetting Star Wars, and it’s fantastic to see big name productions from Netflix such as The Witcher choosing Cumbria as a location.

“Our county boasts everything from dramatic landscapes to caves, quarries and tarns, as well as a welcoming hospitality industry to welcome cast and crew with open arms.

“We welcomed a large number of first-time visitors to the county over the summer and are looking forward to Witcher fans travelling to Cumbria to retrace the footsteps of Henry Cavill and his cast members, especially following his social media posts naming the Lake District as one of his top three favourite places worldwide – high praise indeed from Superman himself.”

Cavill and his fellow actors have been spotted filming scenes at Blea Tarn, Rydal Cave and Hodge Close Quarry.

Councillor Vicky Hughes, who represents Ambleside and Grasmere on South Lakeland District Council, said filming will inspire fans of the series to visit the area.

She said: “There has been a real buzz in the air amongst younger residents.

“It has the opportunity of bringing a more diverse visitor to the area as I am sure many people would like to see where The Witcher was filmed.”