When people think of fall travel destinations, the northeast United States is usually at the top of the list. However, there are many cities around the world that are beautiful to travel to in the fall. In Europe, fall is an off-season for many popular tourist spots. That means you’ll be able to enjoy smaller crowds and lower travel prices. One of our favorite travel destinations for the fall is the Lake District in England. The district, with a massive national park at its center, is located in Cumbria in northwest England. It’s a famous holiday destination, popular for its gorgeous forests, lakes, and small mountains. Its beauty is the subject of many 19th century poems, and if you visit, you’ll soon see why. It can be at its most beautiful in the fall, when the weather brings out crisp air and bright colors in the foliage.
The chief attraction of the Lake District is the outdoors, so you’ll want to spend some time in them. The Lake District National Park is home to many fantastic hiking trails, whether you want to scale a mountain or stroll alongside a lake. All of the hikes will treat you to gorgeous views. Some of the most popular trails go along the Langdale Pikes, a chain of hills in the northern part of the Lake District. From the top of one of these hikes, you’ll have incredible views over the landscape below. You may also opt to take a cruise through one of the Lake District’s eponymous lakes. The largest lake in the district is Lake Windermere, which is over 10 miles long. On a scenic cruise, the fall foliage reflected in the water will make a beautiful site. At the end of your cruise, stop in the quaint town Bowness-on-Windermere for some afternoon tea or a pub lunch.
The Lake District is also full of things to see and do for literature buffs. Many famous English poets and writers lived here and took inspiration from the surrounding beauty, including William
Wordsworth, Arthur Ransome, Beatrix Potter, and John Ruskin. Luckily, many of their homes have been preserved and converted into small museums. The most famous is Dove Cottage in Grasmere, where William Wordsworth lived. This picturesque cottage holds a fascinating collection of Wordsworth’s possessions. The best part of visiting, however, is that you can envision Wordsworth writing his poems right in his back garden. If you would like to see more of Wadsworth’s inspiration, you can visit his home, Rydal Mount, a stately home between Gransmere and Ambleside. Like Dove Cottage, it contains a collection of Wordsworth’s possessions and other memorabilia. The rooms are beautifully preserved, so you can imagine what it was like for Wordsworth and his family to live there. You can also visit Beatrix Potter’s Lake District home, a beautiful farmhouse that looks as if it could have come out of one of her books. If you have children or grandchildren who enjoy her books, they’ll undoubtedly enjoy a visit.
Written by: Meghan Woolley