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Best time to visit the Lake District

After May 17th! Weather-wise, May is one of the best times to visit, with the shimmering purple haze of bluebells carpeting every wood and spring lambs gambolling in the fields. Of course, this year will be different, with hotels opening up after this date and restrictions on outdoor gatherings lifting. It will be an even better time to enjoy the space and fresh air.

June – even better! Long days and clear sunshine make this a very special time of warm, dry fell walks. The hill paths tend to be less visited at this time, before the main season for summer visitors.

July and August – A great time for views. The trees are now in full summer leaf, the grass a deep, cool green, and the colours of sky and water at their most intense. It is a popular time, and so there is a sense of holiday and celebration which will be even more evident this year after the June 21st deadline for the lifting of restrictions. Admittedly it can rain in summer, too! But this just adds to the drama of the numerous waterfalls.

September – stunning, clear days of encroaching autumn gold, and snug evenings by an open fire after a satisfying day’s walking. And at this time, the elements often settle into a calm period of perfect hill walking weather.

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Photo: Andrew Locking


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