There’s nothing like autumn in the Lake District for a fiery and colourful display from nature! The cooler weather means clearer views too, so you can really soak in the tones of red, orange and yellow that cover the valleys and mountains.
Here’s just a small selection of some of the best views across the Lake District for taking in the autumn spectacle!
And if you fancy a visit to see them for yourself, take a look at our holiday cottages to find your perfect autumn hideaway.
Buttermere is a real beauty, whatever the time of year - the small lake is surrounded by imposing craggy mountains such as Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike. In autumn, the colours of the mountains perfectly reflect in the calm waters of the lake, creating a double-ended view that’s awash with autumn colours!
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River Esk, Eskdale
Eskdale is unusual for the Lake District, as the valley has no lakes! However, to miss a trip here would be to miss one of the best areas of the national park. Full of rivers and woodland, Eskdale really is a place to get pleasantly lost. The River Esk flows through the valley, passing under canopies of trees and summoning up images of pixies and magical hidden things!
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Derwentwater, between the popular market town of Keswick and the towering fells of Borrowdale, is a must-visit if you’re in the area. The gorgeous scenery is ever changing with the seasons and the wooded shores provide plenty of autumn colour to admire. At the Keswick end, there’s an easy lakeside stroll to Friar’s Crag and plenty of benches where you can sit back and enjoy the view.
Wastwater in Wasdale is widely considered as having one of the best views in the Lake District! The magnificent screes – steep walls of loose rock – plunge into the lake’s deep water, creating an imposing view that you can’t look away from! In autumn, the reds and oranges add to the striking effect and you’ll be left in no doubt as to why this has often been voted Britain’s Best View!
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Aira Force, Ullswater
Hidden away in woodland on the shores of Ullswater is Aira Force, a tall tumbling waterfall that’s well worth a visit! Park up in the National Trust car park at the bottom of the hill and then head up through the woods and past the pools of the river. After not too long a walk you’ll find yourself at Aira Force itself. The extra rain that comes with the season only improves the view, as the force is strong and more impressive than ever!
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A mix of deciduous and evergreen trees around the banks of Coniston Water make for a colourful autumn display, the greens mixing well with the oranges and reds. One of the best way to take in the seasonal views is on a Steam Yacht Gondola, a unique boat that cruises across the waters of Coniston. Or head to the raised gardens of Brantwood House for an elevated view of the lake and surrounding scenery!
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Darling Fell, Vale of Lorton
The Vale of Lorton is a hidden Lake District gem and the surrounding walks offer some stupendous views. A particularly good one is Darling Fell, and it’s from here that you can see extended views that, in autumn, are bright with a range of auburns, ambers and crimsons. From the peak, the outlook stretches over Crummock, Buttermere, Loweswater, and even to the coast! If you’re lucky, you may even catch an awe-inspiring cloud inversion!
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Wansfell Pike, Ambleside
The area around Ambleside has some of the most popular walking territory in the Lakes thanks to its incredible views and wide range of opportunities. For amazing autumnal panoramas over the town and along the long stretch of Windermere lake, head up Wansfell Pike. This walk is fairly easy to navigate, so you can stop and admire the views without having to consult a map all the time (though you should always take one with you!).
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Ullswater is considered by many to be the most beautiful of the Lake District lakes. It’s impossible to see one end from the other due to its serpentine shape, but that just gives you a better excuse to explore the whole length! You can take your pick of locations for a great view – from the lakeshore to the surrounding mountains to the water itself! A heritage ‘Steamer’ can take you from one end of the lake to another, or you can pick a fell to climb for an elevated view!
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Autumn is a fantastic time of the year, with the amazing colours and crisp views more than making up for the cooler weather. For all of our holiday cottages, take a look at our Cottage Search.