Summer might be the most popular time to visit the Lake District, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only time you should head to the region – in fact, it might not even be the best time. We love the autumn in the Lake District, and there are plenty reasons we think you’ll love it, too. Here are just some of the things that make autumn such a great time to visit the Lake District:
If you’re looking for spectacular scenery, the autumn might actually be the best time of year to visit. In the autumn months, the Lake District becomes ablaze with colour, with bright reds, oranges and yellows taking over from the greens of summer, making it one of the most spectacular times to visit. Whether you want to snap some stunning photographs, soak in beautiful surroundings, or just see the region as you’ve never seen it before, visiting in the autumn is ideal.
Catch the weather at the right time and the walks at this time of year are as good as if not better than during the summer. The crisp autumnal air and haze of sunshine make for a potent, invigorating combination. Places with plenty of foliage are ideal for the season – Borrowdale is one of the most wooded valleys in the Lake District, so really comes alive during the autumn, while the still waters of Buttermere look incredible when reflecting the autumn colours. For a longer walk with more of a climb, try Walla Crag, with its superb views of Great Wood. You can also try one of our Family-Friendly Walks, which are all still possible to tackle in autumn – just remember to check the weather forecast first. If the weather does take a turn for the worse though, no matter, because…
Roaring fires, low ceilings, comfortable chairs and a tangible feel of history – there’s nothing better than a Lake District pub for escaping the weather. You’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice for historic pubs and inns, and after a day walking in the fells with the wind in your face, you’ll enjoy their comforts all the more at this time of year.
Whiskey and Gin
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If a pint of ale and a fireside seat isn’t enough to warm you then you could always try something slightly stronger – and the Lakes Distillery is the perfect place to do so. Based on the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake, right next door to our caravan park, the Distillery produces its own gin, vodka and blended whiskey, made with the crystal-clear water found in the Lakeland fells. There are tours, tasting evenings and a bistro to take in, as well as a delightful herd of friendly Alpacas.
It’s Less Busy
One huge benefit of visiting this time of year is the lack of crowds. While the peak season of June to August is lovely, it can also mean enduring packed car parks and gridlocked traffic – as well as large, bustling crowds of people. Visit in the autumn though, and you’ll find that a region popularised for its tranquil beauty will actually *be* tranquil, allowing you take in the peace and quiet at your own leisure, and feel a deeper connection to the stunning surrounding landscape.