16th August 2017
Reasons to Visit the Lake District in Late Summer
As summer comes to and end and the kids go back to school, family holidays everywhere draw to a close. But here in the Lake District, we start to look forward to a new wave of visitors who arrive to experience the change of scenery as the crowds clear and the autumn months creep in.
If you’re considering joining us for a break at one of our Cumbrian cottages, here are just a few reasons to visit the Lake District in late summer.
Hiking and Rambling
Walking the many trails has to be up there as one of the most popular outdoor activities in Lake District and it’s easy to see why. The natural beauty of the area – now a World Heritage Site – is fiercely guarded by the National Trust and attracts visitors from far and wide with hills and fells to suit everybody, from the hard-core rambler to novice strollers, young and old. Plan your route right from the doorstep of our Lake District cottages or enjoy a guided tour that will take you to some of Cumbria’s most stunning view points.
The breathtaking landscape of the Lake District attracts professional and amateur photographers of all ages. Up before dawn or out after dusk, for those seeking that once in a lifetime shot, try the Duke of Portland Boathouse on Ullswater Lake, Wasdale Head from the Great Gable, or Loughrigg Fell near Ambleside. Or, if your interest is wild and birdlife, Derwent Water, Borrowdale, Ennerdale Lake and Forest and Threlkeld near Keswick provide some picture perfect opportunities.
Game and Coarse Fishing
Remember when you could wander off and spend a pleasant few hours casting float or fly, with just the local wildlife and the odd walker for company? In the Lake District, you can. Day or weekly permits are available from the local angling associations and Lake rivers are swarming with salmon, brown trout and sea trout. While the lakes have a great reputation for pike and other coarse species. What better way to round off a day’s fishing than with a locally grown salad, buttered potatoes and freshly caught grilled trout.
Stately Homes and Gardens
If you’re looking for things to do in Lake District that don’t require too much physical exertion, visiting some of the many Stately homes and gardens open to the public fits the bill. Most offer guided tours where you can learn a little about the history of the surroundings as you move from room to room. While the stunning grounds, picnic spots, gift shops and tea rooms provide the perfect spot to while away an afternoon. A few to consider are Holehird Gardens, Holker Hall, Brantwood House, Brockhole on Windermere and Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens.
Events and Activities
Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor activities, in Lakes, there’s plenty available for all. From county shows to moonlight processions, chilli festivals to heritage days and farmers markets, something to arouse your interest will be happening close by. So be sure to make the most of your stay in one of our Cumbrian cottages by combining as many of these reasons to visit the Lake District in late summer as you care to enjoy.