Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit the Lake District on holiday. After a long cold winter the National Park literally comes alive again around March. By the time May comes around the area is back in full swing with new life popping up seemingly everywhere you look.
Beat the summer rush
During spring months you can enjoy a quieter pace of life in The Lakes. Visitors can benefit from more space both on the roads and in the countryside. Although the Easter holidays can see a spike in visitor numbers, the majority of tourists travel to the area in the peak summer months. If you’re lucky it might be warmer weather for you to enjoy the outdoors for even longer. You can also benefit from later sunset times after the clocks change.
Explosion of flora
On the fells and moorland walkers can enjoy the increased numbers of flowers which start to pop up after the last frosts. In early spring you can easily find woodlands covered in a carpet of bluebells as we have here at Skelwith.
Wide areas of wild daffodils can also be enjoyed at this time of year. This original native species has been synonymous with spring holidays in the Lake District ever since Wordsworth wrote his homage to the flowers in 1804.
More rarely you might spot butterfly orchids starting to appear in late spring. This splendid orchid can be found in open woodland and old meadows in The Lake District. Although the flowers are white they have a luminous glow to attract moths at dusk.
Wealth of wildlife
Cumbria is arguably one of best places in Britain to experience a huge range of wildlife species that we share our country with. As the weather starts to warm up you might be lucky to catch sight of ospreys, red squirrels, badgers, foxes and deers.
There is a huge variety of landscapes to explore in The Lakes and wider Cumbria county area. These include mountains, moorland, woodland meadows, valleys lakes, farmland and coastline. In spring you can discover many species coming out hibernation and also raising young. The significant amount of land that is protected by law, the variety of habitat and low levels of air pollution and high water quality all help to boost biodiversity in the county.
Enjoy spring holidays in The Lake District by booking a stay at Skelwith Fold. We have a range of accommodation from self catering holiday cottages to glamping pods and touring caravan pitches. Our park opens on the 1st March, just a few weeks before the official first day of spring.