Springtime Things To Do In the Lake District
Ah, Spring… With these Winters seemingly getting colder and longer with every passing year, Spring is quickly becoming our favourite season! If you’re thinking about a springtime getaway in the Lakes, the first things you’ll enjoy are the benefits of less crowds and traffic than we traditionally see in the peak Summer period and more importantly, the blossoming of the region’s natural beauty and wildlife.
From flowers to funfairs, the Spring season is a wonderful time to visit the Lake District with plenty to do, plenty to see and ever-increasing amounts of sunlight. Here’s a few ideas on what you can expect from the Lake District in Spring!
1. Treat Your Eyes to Some New Colours
From glorious carpets of bluebells, fields of dandelions and a wealth of spring gardens to explore, you may be tempted to adjust your glasses on arrival. The contrast of colours on offer both in natural landscapes and human-made areas is enough to take away those lingering winter blues.
The gardens at Muncaster Castle feature gorgeous collections spread across its 70 acres, while those at Sizergh Castle, a National Trust hotspot next-door to the gateway market town of Kendal, are perfect for a picnic. Sizergh also offers a wild trail through the woods that’s perfect for young kids and dog walkers. Both castles of course come with their own rich history and wonder, with different themed events running at each through the year.
2. Embrace Your Inner Beatrix Potter / Dr Dolittle!
Although you can still see many a rabbit hopping around, or the occasional deer in your headlights mid-winter on the winding Lake District roads, spring sees the return of the region’s wonderful wildlife and with it, the chance to make some new furry friends.
The early season sees the return of Heron families to our region’s tree tops above the red squirrels and deer. At Littlemere we’re especially fortunate to have resident roe deer on site with us, and you’ll also spot water birds, squirrels and March Hares!
If you’re looking for a more extravagant mammal, look no further than the Lake District Wildlife Park, located between Ulverston and Dalton towards the West of Cumbria, where you can get up close with tigers, emus and chimps!
3. Shift the Winter Timber with a Woodland Walk
This one’s good for those who made a new year’s resolution to get fitter or healthier but are struggling to stick with their routines! The Lake District is of course world-famous for its spectacular views around the lakes and dales. Spring is no different to the Summer or Autumn in this regard. For those seeking something a little different, Grizedale Forest is something of a natural adventure playground.
Grizedale is home to the thrilling ‘Go Ape’ tree-top trails, segway rides and more, all located on the edge of 24 square kilometers. If you can resist the thrills of the sky-high man-made adventures or hurtling around a bendy trail standing on a 2-wheeled platform, the forest itself provides a wealth of rewarding walking routes for amblers of all ages and abilities. Simply park the car or bike, consult the maps, choose your path and enjoy the stroll!
4. Put it Back on at the Kirkbie Lonsdale ‘Taste Cumbria’ Food Festival
With last year’s inaugural event heralded a fantastic success, Taste Cumbria returns to the popular market town of Kirkbie Lonsdale as the first major food festival in the region in 2019. With a beer festival, masterclasses, a pop-up restaurant and more than 40 stalls and stands, you’ll struggle to leave this one hungry.
Street theatre, live music and events for children can also be found over the festival weekend of April 14-15 and if you can’t make those dates, Taste Cumbria shows will also be running throughout the Summer in Ulverston, Whitehaven and Cockermouth!
5. Evening Strolls
With Springtime comes the end of dark mornings and minimal sunlight with which to explore the natural wonder around us. We like nothing better in Spring than to leave those tea time pots in the sink and wander across the hill tops to catch a glorious Lake District sunset. With walking routes and view galore, this neck of the woods is a rambler's playground.
This is of course the tip of the iceberg - if you’re looking for a springtime getaway that creates lasting memories, look no further than the Lake District!