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The best ways to enjoy autumn in the Lake District.

As autumn approaches, it presents an ideal opportunity to venture out and appreciate the magnificence of the Lakes District. Whether you’re seeking a beautiful hike or a comfortable lakeside getaway, there are numerous options to discover this UNESCO World Heritage site during the upcoming season.

From the golden shades of falling leaves to the refreshing, cool breeze, exploring the Lakes in autumn is an unforgettable experience. Here are our top ways to enjoy an autumn staycation in the Lake District!

Serene view of Lake District waters

Take a scenic hike

Embark on a hiking adventure and witness the stunning transformation of the landscapes surrounding you. Explore the iconic trails of Loughrigg Fell and Wansfell Pike, offering panoramic views of the surrounding fells and lakes. 

Traverse through scenic woodlands adorned with shades of red, orange, and gold, creating a mesmerising backdrop for your journey. The Ambleside to Stockgyll trail is a perfect easy walk for any ability on crisp autumn days. Follow the pathway up to the picturesque waterfall of Stockghyll Force.

If you’re looking for a hike with some difficulty, consider the Loughrigg Fell and Grasmere circular trail. It’s open to dogs all year round and features steep inclines up to the peak of Loughrigg Fell. The effort will be worth it, as you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the beautiful Lake District.

Check out our guide to the best fell walks in the lakes for more beautiful trails.

Explore Grasmere

For those colder days, wrap up warm and explore the charming village of Grasmere. Home to the renowned poet William Wordsworth, you can visit his former residence at Dove Cottage. The cottage, now a museum, regularly hosts exciting events for visitors, from book launches and poetry nights to regular sketch sessions and daily live poetry performances. 

For more information and to check out their upcoming events, visit Wordsworth Grasmere here. 

Wordsworth House Ambleside

Whilst in the village, take advantage of the opportunity to indulge in a slice of the famous Grasmere Gingerbread, a local delicacy that has delighted visitors for generations.

Castle in the Lakes

Explore Wray Castle

Experience the enchanting beauty of Wray Castle, a Victorian neo-gothic architectural gem located on the shores of Lake Windermere. You can roam the halls and appreciate the grandeur of this remarkable landmark, while also taking a stroll through the expansive grounds to enjoy stunning views of the lake and surrounding countryside. Delve into the rich history and captivating stories that are embedded in the fabric of this castle. 

Additionally, you can visit the current free-to-enter temporary photography exhibition, Brought to Light: The Lakeland Photographs of Herbert Bell and Rupert Potter, until October 29th. The exhibition offers the perspectives of two very different photographers, showcasing life in the lakes from both a wealthy tourist family and a local working man.

For a full day of adventuring to Wray Castle, travel via the Green Cruise, which takes a circular route of the north shores of Lake Windemere, transporting guests from Ambleside to Wray Pier. The cruise runs until October 29th, check out Windermere Cruises for more information on times and ticket prices. 

Staying at Fox’s Corner? You can take a leisurely half-hour walk or a quick 5-minute drive to Wray Castle, which is just a few minutes away from your home away from home.

Visit the Armitt Museum and Library

When the raindrops fall and you find yourself seeking shelter from the weather, Ambleside offers a variety of indoor activities to keep you entertained. Discover Ambleside’s rich history and cultural heritage at the Armitt Museum and Library. You can view captivating exhibits that highlight the town’s connections to notable figures such as Beatrix Potter and Kurt Schwitters. The museum also houses an impressive collection of art, literature, and natural history for you to admire.

Enjoy a traditional pub experience

No visit to Ambleside is complete without indulging in a traditional pub experience. Seek out one of the cosy pubs that line the town’s streets and settle in for an evening of warmth, laughter, and good company. Savour a pint of locally brewed ale or choose from an extensive selection of craft beers. Sample hearty pub fare, from classic fish and chips to savoury pies, and revel in the cosy ambience that epitomises the Lakes District hospitality.

We’ve curated a list of the best places to eat in the Lakes for a perfect stay, from traditional pubs to Michelin-star restaurants.

The Armitt Museum and Library

Browse local shops and galleries

Stroll along the streets of Ambleside and discover a treasure trove of independent shops, boutiques, and galleries. Explore the unique offerings of local artisans and craftsmen as you browse through quaint boutiques, bookstores, and art galleries. Find the perfect gift or memento to commemorate your visit or simply indulge in retail therapy. From handmade crafts to local artwork, the shops and galleries of Ambleside offer a delightful mix of treasures waiting to be discovered.

Lakeside walk in the Lakes

Autumnal gardens and parks

Explore the charming gardens and parks of the Lake District during autumn, which are decorated with stunning golden and amber colours. Make sure not to miss the awe-inspiring landscapes of Rydal Mount House and Gardens and its views over Grasmere, which inspired Wordsworth’s poetry. 

These gardens and parks offer a serene escape and an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature during this seasonal change.

Retreat to Mary's Cottage or Fox's Corner

After a day of exploration, retreat to the comfort and tranquillity of Mary’s Cottage or Fox’s Corner. These beautifully appointed holiday homes offer a cosy and luxurious retreat, complete with modern amenities and breathtaking views. Unwind in front of a roaring fire, soak in a private hot tub, or simply relax and recharge in the serene surroundings. Mary’s Cottage and Fox’s Corner provide the perfect base to make the most of your autumn adventure in the Lakes.

Explore all Mary’s Cottage and Fox’s Corner have to offer, and rest and rewild in the Lakes this autumn. 

Garden at Mary's Cottage, the Lakes

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