The heavily wooded Borrowdale valley is a riot of colour in autumn. Easy paths can be followed to enjoy the spectacle of ash and oak preparing themselves as the mercury falls. A different viewpoint can be had from a trip on a Derwent Water launch while striding out on the fells, in the company of a guide if you are a little unsure, is wonderfully rewarding. With so much of the Lake District World Heritage Site in Allerdale, including Thirlmere, Bassenthwaite, Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater, every valley has wonderful autumnal colour to discover.
Just as spectacular in autumn is the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are fabulous views to be enjoyed across the Solway Firth to Scotland as you walk along the extensive shoreline. Look out for the wide range of seabirds and shells of all shapes and sizes – many are now starting their migration south to warmer climes. A good place to start is the Solway Coast AONB Visitor Centre in Silloth while Secret Solway Tours have a range of guided excursions to help you become acquainted with this special area.
A good fell walk should be rewarded with a good meal in front of a roaring fire. You are spoiled for choice in Allerdale, search the website to make your choice or consider customers’ recommendations
The Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater, perfect for Melbreak and the Loweswater Fells. “The Kirkstile is the ale aficionado’s choice – and it has a gorgeous location near the little-visited lake of Loweswater. You don’t come here for luxury – it’s a proper old-school pub, and proud of it.” Daily Telegraph’s top ten pubs.
The Kings Head, Thirlpsot, perfect for Helvellyn. “Food was amazing after a long day in the hills and breakfast was just spot on. Staff friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Pet friendly too.” Simon, Booking.com
The Fish Inn Buttermere, perfect for Red Pike. “Cracking setting, friendly staff and nice grub too! A great place to end a walk.” Dave Glossop, Facebook
Highly recommended accommodation
With colder days, pamper yourself in Allerdale in autumn – you know you deserve it! We have a fine range of luxury accommodation recommend by discerning customers like you.
Armathwaite Hall Hotel. “Best hotel in the Lake District. My wife and I stayed at Armathwaite Hall this week. We came 9 years ago and Armathwaite was the most amazing hotel experience in the UK. When we came back in 2018, the place is every bit as good. The staff are friendly and helpful. The grandeur of the lounges, bar, hotel reception and formal rooms is breathtaking. The grounds are beautiful. The view of Bassenthwaite Lake is magical.” Dave W, TripAdvisor
Bridge Hotel, Buttermere. “Just returned from a perfect stay at the Bridge Hotel in July. Exceptionally clean with stylish decor throughout this beautiful hotel. Food sublime and staff can’t do enough to help.” Karen Hamilton, TripAdvisor.
Lodore Falls Hotel. “This is one of the best hotels I’ve stayed in, especially in the UK. The decor is beautiful and tasteful. The grounds are meticulously maintained with well stocked planters etc. The furniture, both indoor and outdoor is of excellent quality. Everything is well appointed with fine attention to detail. The room was spacious and extremely clean and maintained to high standard.” Bryan, Google Reviews
Overwater Hall Hotel. “The attention to detail in the hotel was second to none. The staff were both professional and friendly. We enjoyed all the extra little touches like homemade biscuits in the room, fresh flowers and a turn down service. The food presented to us at both dinner and breakfast was faultless and absolutely delicious.” John, Booking.com
Southwaite Green Farm .”A beautiful place. Buildings and facilities are great. Views are amazing of the surrounding hills and mountains. Highly recommended.” A Google user, Google Reviews
Grayonside Guest House. “This is 5* accommodation, no doubt about it. The room we had (room 4) was huge, comfortable, and the bed – missing it already! The breakfasts are absolutely lovely, as are the hosts. The location is stunningly beautiful and quiet.” Bill, Booking.com
Anns Hill. “Just spent a week at this super cottage. The cottage was great size including, lounge with woodburner, kitchen diner, bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom was had a large freestanding roll top bath which was great to relax in after a long walk. There was everything we needed! Champagne and chocolates on arrival was a treat. Nothing was too much trouble.” Sandra T, TripAdvisor
Performance and exhibitions take centre stage in Allerdale in autumn. Highlights include:
Sir Chris Boningtons extraordinary mountaineering life is brought beautifully to light at Man and Mountain: Chris Bonington at the Keswick Museum until 6 January 2018.
The Serpent and the Stone: Between Two Worlds is a festival celebrating the literary world of West Cumbria. The festival is inspired by one of the most intriguing objects in the museum’s collections: The Serpent Stone. The serpent stone stands between two worlds: the world of the living and the dead, the world of the Britons and the world of the Romans. Sessions include writing and photography workshops where you can actively engage and create, meet the author sessions, poetry readings and a pop-up photography exhibition Senhouse Roman Museum, 16 – 18 November 2018.
Nothing Is As It Seems in the UK premiere of Sharr White’s brilliantly crafted and emotionally charged psychological thriller, The Other Place, 1- 10 November at the Theatre by the Lake.
No Petticoats Here shares the stories, through song, of remarkable women who lived during the First World War. From the women footballers who kept the sport alive during the First World War to the aspiring teenage journalist. Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth, 10 November.
If Strictly is your thing, don’t miss Robin Windsor from the show. Expect lots of amazing dance routines, fun, cheeky chat and plenty of sparkles in this incredible action packed extravaganza that reflects Robin’s energetic personality. Carnegie Theatre, Workington on 14 November.
Try something new
The brand new luxury Spa at the Lodore Falls Hotel is opening in autumn 2018 introducing a new and totally unique experience designed for ultimate relaxation, with 18 new luxury spa bedrooms, brand new pan-Asian restaurant Mizu.
Fancy ebiking but not sure where to start? Cyclewise has eBike tours in Whinlatter Forest Park to get you started.
Local food writer and TV presenter Annette Gibbons of Cumbria on a Plate will take you on a tour of local food producers and great and acclaimed beacons of good eating, private or open to the public.
Get into fell walking with a qualified guide from Newlands Adventure Centre. The centre is in the heart of the gorgeous Newlands Valley so walking starts as soon as you leave the door.
For a high adrenaline experience, Honister, England’s last working slate mine provides the backdrop. Their Via Ferrata Classic (or ‘Iron Way’) uses a series of rungs, ladders and bridges to enable you to make your way along the old, exposed Victorian miner’s footpath.