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Whilst UK Autumn may not officially start until the 23 rd September, Summer is most certainly drawing to a close, with nights drawing in and the air growing crisper by the day.

Certain destinations are almost definitely at their best throughout the summer months, though other places bask in the warm-hued glow of Autumn, and the Lake District is most definitely one of them.

From spectacular scenery to cosy weather, and a range of seasonal events, here are 5 reasons why the Lake District is THE place to be this Autumn!

 Why the Lake District is THE Place to Visit this Autumn

Spectacular Scenery

Autumn in the Lake District RF

Everyone knows that Autumn is the season to beat all seasons when it comes to beauty, and although spring may argue its case, it’s Autumn that creates the most stunning colour palette of all.

The already picturesque rolling landscapes of the Lakes turn a deeper shade of crimson, with orange palettes galore. The area is well known for its natural beauty already, but Autumn brings the landscapes to life in vivid color.

Take a lake cruise or mountain walk through the craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering lakes, and catch the reflections of the landscapes in the glistening water when the colors are at their most vibrant.

It’s Cosy Weather Season

Autumn leaf couple RF

There’s no doubt that summer offers the best weather of all seasons, but at the same time, summers are ridiculously crowded in the Lake District and foot traffic can be a real problem during July and August.

Yes, you may well experience rain showers in the Autumn, but when the wet weather settles, there are also perfectly beautiful sunny afternoons and misty lake mornings, all of which is simply stunning.

Plus, a little bit of rain means the landscapes become fuller and more lush, and the moody weather patterns make for fantastic photo opportunities (let’s be honest, clear blue sky in photographs is quite plain and boring!)

And, if you’re anything like us dream of cosiness, the Lakes offers a fantastic opportunity to layer up for a dreamy walk, then return to a log fire adorned cottage to make the most of the evening – pure bliss!

Events Galore

From beer festivals to bonfires, there’s an event for everyone in the Lake District in autumn! And you can expect seasonal events to run right through until winter.

You’ll find guided walks, as well as theater productions both at the theater and by the lake. There are workshops, mine tours, film festivals, and you can even take inspiration from the season by visiting Beatrix Potter at Hill Top, where the famous writer lived.

If delving into the culture of the Lakes isn’t your cup of tea, there’s also a huge range of historic pubs ready to serve you craft beers and home-brewed ale, and most pubs hold their own events like quiz nights, live music, and comedy.

It’s a Little Luxury

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The Lakes is extremely well known for its serene and calming atmosphere and offers the perfect place to indulge in some relaxing downtime, indulging in a little me time and looking after yourself.

Renting a cottage is the best way to see the lakes, not only does it give you the freedom to do whatever you please, but many properties come with luxuries like free standing baths or hot tubs, perfect for capturing the essence of luxe country living.

There’s an amazing selection of Lake District Cottages which could certainly make for a dream resting place, with everything from romantic boltholes to picture-postcard luxury and everything in between, there’s something for everyone.

Peace and Quiet

Going to the Lakes out of summer season means you should avoid the largest mass of tourists, and hopefully steal a moment or two to yourself.

Submerging yourself into tranquil surroundings naturally leads to a feeling of calm, and what better way to do that than in the beautiful setting of the Lake District!

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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