The best time to visit the Lake District


Whilst the Lake District is very much a year-round destination these days, one of the best months to visit is May, as temperatures start to warm up a little and sunnier days become more frequent, yet the peak summer influx of visitors is not yet underway.

Historically, May is one of the driest months of the year in the Lake District. It’s also a time when you can enjoy the blossom on the trees, particularly the white damson blossom of the Lyth Valley, not far from the Kendal.  Also rhododendrons are blooming and, in May especially, woodlands are enjoying beautiful carpets of bluebells.

There are also some great events to be enjoyed across the county.  For those who enjoy a challenge, there’s the Fred Whitton Challenge, a gruelling 112-mile cycling sportive that takes in the main Lake District passes. This is followed a week later by the Brathay Windermere Marathon, a challenging marathon course that goes anticlockwise around Windermere lake.  Or, if that still wasn’t enough, you could take on the ’10 in 10′ which entails taking on the Windermere Marathon 10 times in 10 days!

For those who enjoy a more sedate lifestyle, there’s also plenty going on, whether it be the Medieval Festival in Cartmel or the Westmorland County Show not far from Kendal.  Here’s a round-up of a number of just some of the events you can expect to enjoy in the Lake District and surrounding area in May this year:

3rd-6th May 2012 – Keswick Jazz Festival
4th and 5th May 2012 – Cartmel Medieval Festival
12th May 2012 – Sedbergh Gala
12th & 26th May 2012 – Cross Bay Walk (Arnside to Kents Bank)
13th May 2012 – Fred Whitton Challenge cycling sportive
16th-20th May 2012 – Keswick Mountain Festival
20th May 2012 – Brathay Windermere Marathon
22nd May 2012 – Music on the Terrace (Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre)
25th May 2012 – Kendal Farmers Market
26th-27th May 2012 – Westmorland County Show
27th May 2012 – Prom Art (Grange-over-Sands)

Paul Johnson is a Director at Kendal Holiday Cottages .

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