Autumn colour in the Lake District

Autumn is one of the most peaceful times to visit the Lakes. It's also one of the most spectacular, as the leaves in our valleys turn from green to gold. Here are our top picks for places to see autumn colour.

Ashness Woods in autumn sun, Borrowdale, Lake District

Autumn in the Lake District 

Coming to the Lake District when the fells are turning from green to gold? We think it's one of the best times to visit - here are our top 10 things to do in autumn.

Crab apples in the Orchard in September at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria

Sizergh, Cumbria

One family, one estate and more than 700 years of history. Sizergh gardens are definitely worth a visit in the autumn as the seasons turn slowly towards harvest and fruitfulness. In the orchard, see the harvesting of apples, quince and Westmoreland damsons, which visitors can taste.

Walker on Castle Crag in Borrowdale, Lake District


It's the most wooded valley in the Lake District so the views and colours are extra special in the autumn. Head up to Castle Cragg where you can take it all in.

Aira Force in Ullswater Cumbria

Aira Force and Ullswater

Take an enchanting stroll through ancient woodland and landscaped glades. Keep an eye out for native red squirrels as you make your way upwards towards the tumbling 65ft waterfall. Combine a walk to the falls with a bite to eat in our cosy café.

A landscape view of the Lythe Valley and South Lakes from Arnside Knott

Arnside and Silverdale

The mixed woodland at Arnside Knott transforms into a patchwork of reds, browns and yellows in autumn. Enjoy a walk to the top of the hill and admire the views across the rolls and peaks of the Lakeland Fells and the Yorkshire Dales. As the leaves begin to fall keep an eye out for wildlife among the branches.

High Close Wood in Cumbria

High Close Estate and Arboretum 

A wander around High Close is truly enchanting, with autumnal views that open up across Loughrigg Tarn and Elterwater. Perched between Elterwater and Grasmere, High Close is home to many rare trees and shrubs from all around the globe.