Autumn is one of the most exciting times to visit the Lake District, as the seasonal colours start coming through and the landscape is transformed.

Although many annual events have fallen by the wayside this year, there are still plenty of reasons to visit  – we’ve gathered the best things to do in Cumbria this autumn, from food festivals to fun outdoor activities. 

Taste Cumbria and all it has to offer

Soon it’ll be time for the annual Taste Cumbria festival in Cockermouth. Organisers have worked hard to get this weekend-long celebration of food and drink on, and will be hoping to boost hard-hit local businesses in the process. 

It will be a little smaller this year to make it safer and more manageable, but there will still be more than 40 well-stocked stalls in Main Street on September 26 and 27 – featuring top producers from across the region. 

View the Lakes from a new perspective

As the Lakeland trees put on their awesome autumn display of colours, you can view it from above with a Treetop Trek at Brockhole, Windermere. Whether you want to tackle the zip wires and aerial obstacles, or the bouncy Treetop Nets, it’s family-friendly fun for both children and adults. 

The Go Ape attractions at both Grizedale and Whinlatter forests are now open again too, and if you’re in the area for an autumn stroll among the trees or a mountain bike adventure, it is always worth adding some aerial excitement to your visit. 

Lakes through a lens

If your Instagram feed has been less than impressive since the lockdown, a trip to the Lake District will certainly change that. 

And while phone pictures are perfectly reasonable these days, professional standard photography skills are what you really need to do the stunning scenery justice. 

Book onto an Autumn Lakes Photography Workshop with Nigel Newton, and spend the day snapping the stunning scenery around Coniston Water. You’ll return home with some new tricks and techniques, and no doubt some impressive images to boot. 

Give in to the glamping phenomenon

Camping is for the summer – when autumn arrives, we’re glamping! That little bit of added warmth and the luxury of staying dry can be worth the added expense. 

To cope with the increased demand, campsites across Cumbria – and hundreds of farmers with spare fields – now offer pods, yurts, bell tents, and even treehouses to accommodate you for your stay. Be sure to book well ahead though, as some have no vacancies this side of Christmas!

Some of the more unique glamping experiences that we’ve found include: a converted fire engine near Keswick; Hobbit Holes on a hillside near Ullswater; a mirrored cabin in Longtown; or the new, totally terrifying experience at Honister Slate Mine – sleeping suspended from a cliff!

Add alpacas to your adventure

It’s no longer a shocking sight to see these curious-looking creatures chomping away in a Cumbrian field – alpacas are everywhere! More than just the latest must-have accessory, they produce fantastic fleece, but more than that, they are simply great company. So much so, you can join them for a walk or have them at your wedding.

At Alpacaly Ever After, near Keswick, you can have a meet and greet, take them for a dip in Derwentwater, or go on a mountain trek with Llamas. 

Have fun with huskies

The Cumbrian coast isn’t where you’d expect to find huskies, but it’s just one place in the UK that they hang out. Horse & Husky, in Bootle Station, has reopened now, and autumn is the ideal time to visit. 

The weather’s a little bit cooler – which the huskies obviously enjoy – and even if it’s wet and muddy, it’s an awesome experience. 

Learn to sled with the dogs, hike with them, or even take your own pet for a dog-friendly holiday.

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