Outdoor activities and things to do in Lake District are easy to find during the summer. What if you’ve planned to spend an autumnal holiday in the Lakes with one of the cottages in Windermere or one of the lovely cottages in Keswick? Here are our top 5 Lake District autumnal walks all within easy distance of Keswick or Windermere and are perfect for when you’ve rented one of our Lake District cottages.
Brockhole’s Mawson Gardens and Grounds.
Right on Windermere at the Lake District Visitor Centre, where you will find plenty of information for things to do in Lake District, is Brockhole’s Gardens and Grounds. There are 30 acres to explore all designed by the famous Arts and Crafts landscape architect Thomas Mawson. This environmental friendly garden has lots to see and do with the rose gardens, kitchen gardens, a wildflower meadow as only some of the highlights it has plenty to offer all year round.
Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.
This winding walk through forests and woods will give you a great view of the changing autumnal colours. A new section allows walkers access to Brundholme Woods, following to Brundholme Road, up to Latrigg and then through to Threlkeld. Taking the new path will also allow you the option of a circular route back to Keswick. The bridges you cross were extensively damaged during the floods of 2015 but the work done to these bridges has now made it a great place to view the fast flowing autumnal rivers.
Rosthwaite Circular Walk.
Not far from Keswick is this great walk that will take you past Millican Dalton’s cave. Walking on a cold and windy autumn day will give you a taste of Millican Dalton’s way of life. He lived in the cave from the 1920’s for about 50 years, but not as a hermit as he regularly took walkers and climbers on guided tours of the local area. This lovely walk takes you along the riverside and gives you the option of heading up Castle Crag for magnificent autumnal views.
Visit England’s only mountain forest which is in spectacular form in the autumn. There are a few trails through the forest, but the Seat How Summit Trail is a strenuous walk that will reward you with fabulous views of Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake, and the Helvellyn and Skiddaw mountain ranges which include some of England’s highest peaks. A short 15-minute drive from Keswick the selection of walks in Winlatter forest makes it one of the must-do outdoor activities in Lake District during the autumn.
Millerground and Adelaide Hill
This short walk is great if you’ve been blessed with one of the Lake Districts clear and crisp autumn days. Bring a picnic and spend time enjoying the view over Windermere once you’ve made it up the small Adelaide Hill. Perfect for a family stretch of the legs after a big meal and some heavy rain as the waterfalls you walk past are fabulous after an autumn rainstorm. If you spend a holiday in one of our Lake District cottages during the autumn, then you are guaranteed a little rain so you might as well take a walk that shows off the natural beauty the rain brings to the Lakes.