As the landscapes turn from green to gold, there’s no better place to be than the Lake District…

With the autumn equinox officially bringing in the new season today, we’d like to present the top 10 Autumn hotspots in Cumbria that will be sure to take your breath away!

1. Red Deer Cruises, Ullswater:

Experience one of nature’s finest events this autumn in Ullswater. Join the RSPB from 6th October to 9th October 2016 on a private cruise from Glenridding to Howtown, then travel into Martindale to witness nature’s spectacle: the Red Deer Rut.

Lady and Fell, Ullswater

2. Grizedale Forest, Near Hawkshead:

The changing environment at Grizedale Forest means you never see the same sight twice. Take the walking trail around the 40 unique sculptures and see how the landscape has been inspiring artists since 1977.

Grizedale Forest, near Hawkshead

3. Furness Abbey, Barrow-in-Furness:

Surrounded by woodlands and an ancient amphitheatre, the remains of Furness Abbey are built from local sandstone so even the colour of the church compliments the changing of the leaves.

Furness Abbey, Barrow

4. The Borrowdale Valley:

Borrowdale is a fabulous base for exploring the high fells and the charming paths or bridleways on foot or by cycle and this autumn the Leathes Head Hotel has teamed up with photographer Jason Chambers to offer a personalised photography break to capture the seasons golden colours.

Borrowdale Valley

5. Scout Scar, Lyth Valley:

As the darker night draw in, catch a stunning Lakeland sunset from the peak of Scout Scar, which now lays in the newly extended Lake District National Park.
We hope this has inspired you, to learn more about what’s going on this Autumn.

Sunrise, Lyth Valley

6. Ruskin’s View, Kirby Lonsdale:

Feast your eyes on a breathtaking panorama of the Lune Valley from the famous Ruskin’s View; which 19th century art critic, social theorist, painter and poet John Ruskin himself described as ‘one of the loveliest views in England, therefore in the world’.

Ruskin's View, Kirby

7. Talkin Tarn, Brampton:

Explore ancient woodlands, easy footpaths, glacial tarns at Talkin Tarn. For all, the 1.3km circular path is ideal for a gentle stroll or try one of the three woodland trails to explore the woods and meadows surrounding the traditional tarn.

Talkin Tarn, Brampton

8. Ennerdale Forest:

The wildest and least inhabited valley in the Lake District, follow the forest road past Ennerdale Water and through the woodland to the remote, Black Sail. Start at Bowness Knott car park an experience the wildest and most vibrant environment as the shades change.

Ennerdale Water

9. Grasmere Village:

See Grasmere’s valley unfold from the windows of Allan Bank, discover the village which William Wordsworth called home or warm up with a hot chocolate and world famous Grasmere Gingerbread. Whether you want to be outside exploring or indoors cosying up, Grasmere hold a quintessential image of Lakeland in autumn.

Grasmere Village

10. Blackwell, The Arts & Craft House, Bowness on Windermere:
Spinning The Colours of Lakeland: 24 September – 29 January

Colour I revel in’ – the words of Annie Garnett, designer and entrepreneur who became a key figure in manufacturing in the Lake District. The exhibition will include examples of Annie Garnett’s spinning and weaving designs on paper, silks, embroideries and textiles. It will also explore the inspiration for the forms and colours of these in the landscape of Lakeland.

Blackwell Arts & Crafts House

If this has inspired you, why not plan and book your Autumn trip with Golakes!

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