We have enjoyed a beautiful warm and dry summer in the Lake District and visitors to our self catering cottages have been blessed with perfect walking conditions. Now we are well into September and the first hints of Autumn are appearing in the beautiful Lake District landscape. Obviously we love ALL of the Lake District however we do have our favourites when it comes to the best locations to see autumn at its finest.
This pretty valley is a favourite all year round however it is simply stunning in late summer and autumn. The valley is densely wooded in places and there are two ancient woods that really come to life as the leaves start to change colour. Elusive Jay birds squawk and flutter through the trees, count yourself lucky if you manage to capture more than a glimpse of one! The best way to enjoy the autumn colours is an easy 8 mile loop of the valley starting from Grange and following the River Derwent to Seatoller through woodlands and old quarries and then on an elavated path above the valley.
Buttermere really comes into it’s own during autumn. On the western side of the lake the lower flanks of High Crag and High Stile are cloaked with trees. As it is one of the smaller lakes the water is often calm and still early in the day. This creates a magnificent mirror effect and the famous pines to the north of the lake are reflected in all their glory. The walk around Buttermere can take as little as 2 hours but you should really linger a while and enjoy it.
Langdale is a spectacular valley. The Langdale Pikes provide a stunning backdrop to this famous location that is eternally popular with walkers and climbers. Enjoy a simple stroll along the valley floor through fields and over old bridges. Finish up in the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel and enjoy a pint in front of the roaring fire in the bar.
Brothers Water is perfect for an early morning stroll. There is something quite special about seeing the mist rising off the water as the day warms up. Start from Cow Bridge where there is parking and walk along the side of the water with Low Wood on your right. Low Wood is dotted with wizened old trees with gnarly branches and roots. In the early morning light it can look quite spectacular.
5. Grasmere and Rydal
Tucked away above Grasmere there is a small tarn called Alcock Tarn. It is set on a wide ledge amidst the crags and colourful bracken and has a stunning panoramic view to the Langdales, across Grasmere and Rydal Water and to lovely little Loughrigg Fell. For very little effort you can hike to this tarn and enjoy the superb view. Make sure you stock up on Grasmere Gingerbread before you set off!