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Lake District in October

Not only is the Lake District a region of incredible beauty - famous for its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and cultural heritage - but while we all know the weather in the UK can never be guaranteed, autumn in the Lakes is often drier than summer.

This means lovely, crisp clear days, which are ideal for walking or other outdoor activities. Also, it's a lot less crowded than in the summer high season.

In a nutshell

  • Will suit: romantic couples, families and anyone interested in the active outdoors
  • Flying time: driving time from London is around six hours
  • Time difference: none
  • Average temperature: 15°C
  • Tourist information: www.golakes.co.uk

How to get there

  • Using motorways from the North West it takes approximately 1.5 hours to reach Cumbria; the average journey time from London and the South east is around five hours. Or let the train take the strain - search on National Rail to see the journey time from where you are. 

Where to stay

The choice of accommodation in the Lakes is vast: choose from quirky camping pods, retro VW camper vans, traditional country inns with cosy firesides, boutique guest houses, self-catering cottage, castles, fine country houses, secluded luxury retreats and lakeside hotels.

Many hotels offer excellent reduced rates outside of school holidays, often including weekends, so it's a good destination for families who want a weekend break.

Mumsnet favourites include:

  • Glamping: Featherdown Farm, Howbeck Lodge Farm. This is camping with a difference - luxury tents, beds made with duvets, wood-burning stoves and breakfast hampers to name just a few extra touches. Visit www.featherdownfarm.com for full details.
  • Cottages: Cottages4you has a fantastic selection of cottages in the region and offers Mumsnetters a great discount when booking.
  • Apartments: Windermere Marina Village is a self-catering resort with apartments and cottages ideally situated for both child-friendly and more challenging walks.
  • Caravans/lodges: The Hoseasons park at Windermere has plenty of onsite facilities and is a good base for exploring the lakes. Mumsnetters receive a discount booking direct via this link.
  • Hotels: We were lucky enough to be invited to visit Lakeside Hotel and Spa earlier this year. The hotel always receives lots of praise on our Talk boards and now we know why.

What to do

  • Naturally, the big draw is the surroundings, making it a prime destination for lovers of the outdoors, whether they prefer climbing, walking or sailing.
  • The Lake District has the highest concentration of outdoor activity centres in the UK and there is a tradition of unrestricted access to the fells together with an extensive network of public rights of way.
  • Walking with a buggy or wheelchair? There are 42 suitable walks listed here.
  • There are also High Ropes courses, 4x4 driving, wild swimming, mountain biking, hot air ballooning, cruising and sailing, or simply relaxing with a massage or one of many luxurious spa therapies.
  • Attractions are also quieter with shorter queuing times – just be sure to double-check opening times as many places switch to 'low season' opening hours.
  • Popular family attractions include visiting Beatrix Potter World or taking a ride on the region's scenic steam railway.

What Mumsnetters say about holidays in the Lake District

  • For nice non-walking days, Brockhole Visitor Centre is worth a visit. There's a good adventure play area for all ages. Decent grounds to walk around (gardens, lakes) and often events on, like a climbing wall etc. Pancake Flipper
  • Make sure everyone is warm and waterproofed and go out and wander. Kbear
  • Don't knock the Pencil Museum - on a wet day it is one of the best attractions in Keswick. Dadinsteadofmum
  • There is an aquarium on Lake Windermere, which can be reached by a train and boat ride from Bowness. Bowness is great for a touristy wander and an ice cream. Ambleside has a lovely park, and stroll around the back lanes and up to Rydal Caves. It's possible to make the stroll shorter by driving part way. Great pub in Langdales called Old Dungeon Ghyll. Grizedale Forest has a superb trail following fantastic sculptures. Sooz

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