Best Lake District Walks in Spring
Posted on 22nd April 2022 at 15:02
Spring is in full swing (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) here in the Lake District.
The area is alive with fauna and flora, from woodland wild flowers to adorable bouncing Herdwick lambs. And with the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time to reconnect with the great outdoors.
This means you’ll be on the lookout for the best spring Lake District walks and places to visit. Whether you’re Cumbrian born and bred, or visiting the Lakes for a springtime family break, these locations/walks won’t disappoint.
Don’t forget to pack snacks, plus sunscreen and an umbrella. You never know what you’re going to get here in the UK!
Wander along Windermere’s stunning lakeside
Lake Windermere is a ribbon lake that’s 11 miles long and almost one mile wide.
It’s surrounded by beautiful nature in the form of woodland, parkland and plenty of trails, plus it’s pretty low level - making it a great option for child friendly Lake District walks.
A top recommendation for spring walks around Windermere would be the National Trust’s Windermere West Shore Walk.
The between four and eight mile stroll incorporates tons to see, including a good look at the lake’s islands, enchanting woodland and even the Victorian Wray Castle. This gothic revival castle was built in 1840, and provides great storytelling opportunities for kids!
End your walk with a lake cruise or a mooch in Bowness-on-Windermere.
Admire Rannerdale’s Spring Bluebells
Rannerdale Knotts is a relatively small fell between Buttermere and Crummock Water, but although compact in size, there is plenty to explore.
This Lake District beauty spot is famous for its valley of bluebells which comes to life during the spring months, transforming the landscape with hues of blue and violet. It’s a must visit for springtime in the Lake District.
Please be sure to stick to the paths during your visit. The National Trust has lots of established trails to enjoy, all clearly pointed out with oak posts. This helps to protect the beautiful bluebells from getting trampled, and respecting nature is of utmost importance.
You can also hike up to the top of Rannerdale Knotts for fantastic views of fellow fells and several lakes.
Be enchanted by Herdwick lambs at Grasmere
We’ve spoken before about our love of Herdwick sheep, and it just doesn’t get any cuter than Herdwick lambs.
They are a delight to see during spring in the Lake District - it’s impossible not to melt when watching them bounce along, kicking off from all four legs.
Lake District lambs can be spotted at countless spots during lambing season, one being around Grasmere, another famous Lakes location.
The walk from Grasmere to Easedale Tarn is an ideal springtime Lake District Hike. There’s lots to see, including fells, becks, waterfalls, plus open farmland where you have a good chance of spotting Herdwick lambs.
Once back in Grasmere, why not pick up some of the famous gingerbread?
Springtime in the Lake District
The Lakes is a special place to visit all year round, and spring is absolutely no exception. Visit these springtime Lake District locations and you’re guaranteed to fall in love, or back in love, with this incredible region.
And don’t let the spring showers put you off - simply dress for the weather and you’ll be right as rain.
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