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Spring in the Lake District

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21st February 2024

As the days grow longer and the landscape undergoes a stunning transformation, there’s no better time to explore the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District. Luscious green landscapes dotted with daffodils, bluebells and crocuses; lakes shimmering under cloudless skies; and new-born lambs frolicking in the sunshine. Spring in the Lake District – the perfect place to be, a chance to experience the national park at its most captivating. And what better way to do so than from the comfortable surroundings of Birkdale House?

If you’re visiting the Lake District this Spring, and you need a little help deciding what to do, hopefully we can provide a little inspiration. Here are just a few of our favourite things to do.

Embrace the outdoors

Lace up your boots and explore the fells and peaks of the Lake District National Park. From gentle lakeside strolls to adrenalin-filled mountain challenges, there are paths and trails for all abilities, all of which offer stunning views and a chance to connect with nature.

If you fancy seeing the landscape from an entirely different angle, get out on the lake. Windermere Lake Cruises operates throughout the year and will ferry you from the top of England’s largest lake right down to Lakeside at its southern tip.

Of course, if you want something a little more intimate, or challenging, why not hire your own boat?  Windermere Lake Cruises also offers self-drive motor boat hire, while Windermere Canoe Kayak hires out canoes and kayaks, or even stand-up paddle boards – what better way to explore the islands and hidden coves on the lake, a chance for a quiet picnic and, for those brave enough, even a quick dip.

Explore the rolling hills and quiet country lanes on two wheels. Take a leisurely family ride along the shores of Lake Windermere. Or challenge yourself to the leg burning uphills and technical descents of the North Face MTB trail in Grizedale Forest (easier routes are available).

Indulge in culture

Gain insights into the region’s history and culture by visiting one of the many museums celebrating anything from the humble pencil (Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick) to the motorcar (Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow), Windermere’s boating history (Windermere Jetty Museum) to Beatrix Potter (Hill Top House).

Follow in the footsteps of literary giants such as Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Ruskin, whose poetry and prose drew inspiration from the region’s natural beauty. Visit their homes, museums, and favourite viewpoints – maybe you’ll be inspired to write something yourself.

Take a leisurely stroll through well-maintained gardens, where colourful blooms and manicured landscapes create a stunning atmosphere. From cottage gardens to historic houses boasting world famous plants and topiary, there’s a wealth of choice. Holehird Gardens, Levens Hall, Holker Hall and Sizergh Castle are all easily accessible from Birkdale House. Please do check that they’re open before you plan your visit.

Daffodils

If you ask someone to name flowers associated with the Lake District, chances are they’d say daffodils, thanks to William Wordsworth and his famous poem, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.

The most likely spot for the original daffodils which inspired his poem is Glencoyne Bay on Ullswater – certainly worth a visit if you’re in the area. Other notable places to visit to see these beautiful, trumpet-like blooms are Dora’s Field in Rydal, Brigsteer Woods (and Sizergh Castle) and Lowther Castle near Penrith.

As spring breathes new life into the Lake District, there’s no better time to visit this stunning corner of the country. Whether you’re seeking tranquility amidst blooming gardens, adventure in the great outdoors, or cultural enrichment in historic surroundings, this enchanting season offers something for everyone. So, pack your walking boots, your sense of adventure, and soak up the magic of spring in the Lake District.

If you’d like more information about places to visit when you’re staying at Birkdale House, please do get in touch.