The Lake District: a long-loved spot for writers, artists, and walkers alike. The rugged rural landscape is without a doubt one of the most naturally beautiful sites the UK has to offer, making it no surprise that people have flocked to its towns and villages for hundreds of years for a slice of the action. Like most British holiday destinations, it’s most popular in the summer months, when the sun beats down on the perfectly still lakes and the far-reaching views from Scafell Pike are painted with clear blue skies. And whilst it certainly comes into a league of its own in warmer weather, the Lake District manages to maintain a charm year-round. Nestled in the beautiful British countryside, it’s the perfect place to watch the changing seasons – watch powdery snow fall upon its peaks in Winter, or ramble through fields of bluebells during the Spring.
As I’ve already mentioned, Summer is by far the most popular time of year to visit the Lake District, as the warm weather makes it easy to get outside and explore all of the best spots. As a result, it can also become expensive this time of year and popular spots and activities tend to get booked up quickly. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds but still hoping to try your luck with the weather, book either end of the summer holidays in early July or September!
Late Spring is a favourite amongst walkers as the weather is still bearable (when packing appropriately!) and the routes are far less busy than the summer months – May is a great time to book if you’re wanting to avoid the Easter holiday rush. If you’re hoping to get a good deal on hotels though, try March, as prices tend to be particularly low this time of year! Be aware that you could find yourself caught in wet weather, however!
Autumn is perhaps the least preferable time of year to visit the Lake District. Whilst watching the crisp leaves falling to blanket the place in amber is certainly a lovely sigh, the weather this time of year tends to be incredibly wet and quite cold. If you can’t go any other time of year however, it’s definitely still worth a visit!
The Lake District makes for a surprisingly pleasant winter getaway. In fact, the first time I visited was as a teenager with my family over New Year’s. The beautiful landscapes look particularly peaceful when capped with crisp white snow. It’s the kind of place that’s perfect to cosy down with a roast dinner or hot chocolate and watch as the world goes by.
The most important thing to remember during the winter months is to pack appropriately, especially if you plan on braving the great outdoors! A good pair of walking boots, plenty of layers and a high quality waterproof is a must!