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 golden yellows, vibrant oranges and earthy browns and gardens blaze with late blooming flowers. Here are the top places in the Lakes to take in the autumn colour.

Autumn colour at Sizergh


As the days get cooler the Rock Garden at Sizergh blazes with autumn colour as the fiery acers burn with vibrant shades of red, orange and even pink, while the herbaceous borders are blooming with autumn flowering cobaea climbers, cannas, dahlias and bright rudbeckias. Take in the views from Helsington Barrows and Church Fell as the oak, hazel, birch and chestnut trees in the woods below turn from green to buttery yellows, burnt oranges and rusty browns.

Borrowdale in Autumn


The most wooded valley in the Lake District, Borrowdale is transformed into a tapestry of greens, yellows and golds in autumn. Head to the summit of Castle Crag to gaze down on the patchwork of colour as it sweeps down steep fell sides. The late-afternoon sun makes the birch yellows and mellow oak golds of the east shore of Derwent Water glow under the rocky outcrops of Walla Crag, while beneath the trees at Brandelhow Park bright fungi peaks our among the carpet of fallen leaves.

The hall at Acorn Bank covered in red virginia creeper in autumn

Acorn Bank

A walk through the orchards at Acorn Bank in autumn and find trees dripping with fruit ready to be harvested. Look out for the mature cherry trees overhanging the Sunken Garden blaze in vibrant shades of yellow and orange, colourful asters brightening up the borders and the fiery red Smoke Bush in the Walled Garden. The Virgina Creeper cascading down the house turns scarlet as the days cool. Crunch through fallen leaves on the woodland trails as leaves fall around you onto the rusty carpet with every gust of wind.

People looking at a tree at Allan Bank in Grasmere

Allan Bank

Crunch over fallen leaves on the rugged path through the bronze woodland at Allan Bank, taking in the views over Grasmere as the seasons change. If you can tear your eyes away from the dazzling display of autumn colour, keep your eyes peeled for colourful fungi decorating the woodland floor.

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.