When’s the Best Time to Visit the Lake District?
The Lakes is one of those places whose natural beauty is not overly dependent on decent weather. People will tell you that the best time to visit the Lake District is in spring or summer. And yes, it’s hard to beat a ramble across the fells in the sun, when clear skies maximise the far-reaching views; but there’s also something uniquely special about a cold, blustery day in the Lakes, with craggy hills towering above you, and the promise of a roaring fire at journey’s end.
There’s a good reason writers, artists, poets and walkers have always flocked here to find inspiration.
The peak season runs from April to October, so consider a break outside this period if you want to see fewer people on your travels. July and August are beautiful but busy (busier, anyway), and you’re likely to encounter a little traffic on the roads as well as the walking trails. The springtime landscape is dotted with daffodils and the autumn colours are spectacular. Crisp winter days can provide a revitalising retreat.
Bear in mind that the temperature drops one degree for every 150 metres you ascend so if you’re hiking the hills, pack accordingly. The weather can change dramatically between December and April so before heading out consult the Lake District’s dedicated forecast service called Weatherline, which records conditions from the top of Helvellyn.
Spring: See Wordsworth’s golden daffodils and swathes of bluebells colour the landscape on a spring escape. You’re likely to find a bargain in March before the Lakes peak season (April to October) kicks in. May is historically one of the driest months in Cumbria and it falls nicely between the Easter rush and the summer crowds.