The beauty of the Lake District is plain to see no matter when you visit the area, and there are always plenty of things to do all year round, but spring is a particularly good time to visit the area. Promising warmer weather and longer days than a winter visit, you can still avoid the large crowds that cover the area in the summer months.
There are plenty of things to see in the Lake District this spring, and with plenty of Lake District hotels to choose from, the area makes for the perfect weekend getaway once the weather starts getting warmer.
Read on to find out more about some of the exciting things you can look forward to seeing and enjoy in the Lake District area this springtime.
Starting as early as February, the Lake District is home to a large number of events throughout the year, many of which are worth checking out if you are visiting the area in spring. The shows and festivals cover a variety of different interests from music to horticulture, so you’ll be sure to find one to your liking.
For those visiting earlier on in spring, the Northern Craft Beer Festival will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of March this year. The festival showcases the best of the northern craft breweries, giving you the perfect excuse to have a pint or two on a sunny afternoon.
Later on in spring, there’s the Cartmel food market to look forward to near the end of April, and May brings with it the Cumberland sausage festival and the Keswick jazz and blues festival, along with many other spring events and shows.
Spring in the Lake District brings with it the picture-postcard worthy sight of lambing season in the area when you can expect to see hundreds of newborn Herdwick lambs hopping about in the daffodil filled fields.
Many of the farms in the area are open for lucky visitors to come and help feed the newborn animals, for an unmissable experience. Aside from the newborn Herdwick lambs, baby chicks, ducks, and rabbits can also be found on different farms in the Lake District during spring.
Spring not only brings longer days and warmer weather but also brings with it the return of the local flora and fauna. With plenty of greenery and beautifully-kept estates and grounds, there’s no shortage of spring gardens for you to visit in the Lake District. Historical houses like Mirehouse are particularly stunning in spring as their acres of landscaped gardens bloom into life once more.
The Lake District is famous for the cheery-coloured daffodils that bloom in the area between March and April, adding to the already world-famous beauty of the national park. An iconic symbol of springtime, the beauty of the Lake District daffodils is an unmissable sight and well worth a visit to the area. Such is the beauty of these springtime flowers that famous Lakeland poet William Wordsworth even made them the subject of one of his poems, ‘The Daffodils”.
The blooming flowers and new farm life are both splendid sights but spring in the Lake District brings with it another magnificent sight – the fells. Many of the peaks and mountains that were off-limits during the winter months once again become accessible in spring.
The third highest peak in England, Helvellyn is definitely not one for the faint of heart but well worth the effort from the impressive views – particularly if you choose to tackle it via the exposed Striding Edge.