The Lake District in Autumn, are you mad you might say? Yes, the weather can be challenging and it’s not the best time to indulge in watersports on the Lakes or enjoy an ice cream whilst taking in the epic scenery (the cloak of mist often makes that tricky!) but I really think it’s one of my favourite times to visit. I definitely think an Autumn break in the Lake District is the ideal time to visit.
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The hoards of tourists have often packed up and gone home making the pretty villages a delight to wander around and the hotel room rates come down massively to encourage bookings.
Where to stay in the Lake District in Autumn
Our favourite place to stay in the Lake District at this time of year is the Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere which is one of the finest 4 star hotels in the Lakes think cosy blankets, afternoon tea and luxury rooms overlooking the magnificent Lake Windermere in the picture perfect village of Bowness-on-Windermere.
They have family rooms plenty big enough to accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids (kids under 12 stay free!) and if the weather is really bad you can always burn off some energy in their heated indoor pool (Kids are welcome 10am-7pm). If you can juggle some child free time, the Elemis Spa is the height of luxury offering all manner of treatments by top notch therapists and the whole family will be impressed by the Lakeside restaurant with its British, seasonal menu presided over by Head Chef, Rohan Nevis.
What to do in the Lake District in Autumn
Whilst you’re in the Lakes why not try some of these fantastic family friendly local activities:
Head to Go Apes highest course, at 1043ft above sea-level. There are Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings. Minimum age is ten years.
Step into the wonderful and imaginative world of Beatrix Potter and meet all your favourite characters from the much loved childrens stories. All inspired by the glorious surrounding Lake District.
If the weathers super bad, or if you just need to grab a coffee while the kids wear themselves out. The Fun Factory in Bowness is a lovely Soft Play centre. It’s set over many levels with tunnels, wobbly bridges and the obligatory ball pit.
Work up an appetite with a hike through the many trails, along hills, rivers and lakes.
There are so many trails across this amazing countryside. Just keep a look out for the footpath posts and head off. Find your favourite bridge and enjoy a game of Pooh Sticks.
Have you been to the Lake District with kids? Whats your favourite place to visit? Or have you booked an Autumn break in the Lake District? Let me know in the comments.
Another of my favourite places to enjoy the great British countryside is the Llyn Peninsula in Wales.