Autumn wood walks

There is nothing like a picnic in the great outdoors, sandwiches always taste better, your appetite is always bigger and you never feel quite so guilty about that extra slice of cake.

Autumn is an amazing time of year in the Lake District, the changing colours, leaves falling from the trees and digging that cosy warm jacket out from the bottom of your wardrobe to snuggle into.

So pop your hat and gloves on and venture out with your picnic to enjoy the view (and a few slices of your favourite cake!)

Gummer’s How (near Windermere)

This a great family walk, gives the feeling of being out in the fells but the terrain isn’t quite as tricky so perfect if you have young children whose legs might get a bit tired and want to break out the picnic within the first 5 minutes! Great views over Windermere, Coniston and the central fells.

Catbells (near Keswick)

Another classic Lake District walk, you can make it longer or shorter depending how the legs are feeling. In the height of summer you might struggle to find a peaceful picnic spot, but in this quieter time of year you definitely won’t have to share your sandwiches (unless a Herdwick sheep decides to join you!)

Loughrigg Tarn (near Ambleside)

A truly beautiful walk with a clear tarn just perfect for a picnic stop. You will get some amazing views of the Langdale Pikes on a clear day and it was also a favourite of William Wordsworth. Not sure if he ever took a picnic with him, but this is definitely one of the hidden treasures of the Lake District, take an extra large picnic so you have an excuse to stay longer.

Penny Rock Beach (near Grasmere)

If you could put all the best things about the Lake District together in one place it would be Penny Rock Beach. Fantastic views, a lake, accessible to all and lots of places for the kids to explore. Only a short walk from Grasmere village, the walk takes you along a level lakeshore path and you can always have a paddle along the way or go exploring in nearby Deebolts Wood.

Tarn Hows (near Coniston)

A beautiful, and historical place for a picnic. Right in the heart of the Lakes, Tarn Hows is part of the Monk Coniston estate which was preserved by Beatrix Potter and now the National Trust. Sometimes there will be Belted Galloway cattle grazing near the area, which often wander into the nearby carpark to say hello.

Wrap up warm and enjoy one of the best seasons in the Lake District.

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