Falling for the Lakes: Amazing Autumn Breaks in the Lake District

Autumn is one of the most beautiful and peaceful times to visit the Lake District. Watch in awe as the leaves in our traditional Lakeland valleys turn from vibrant greens to golden yellows, rusty oranges and earthy browns, and the gardens burst to life with late blooming flowers. Keep reading to discover some of our top autumnal highlights in the Lakes…


Our Recommended Places to Visit in the Lakes this Autumn

1) Sizergh

Visit the Rock Garden at Sizergh and watch in awe as it bursts into life. Be blown away by the vibrant reds, oranges, and pinks of the fiery acres, and the autumn flowering cobaea climbers, cannas, dahlia, and rudbeckias in the herbaceous borders. Discover far-reaching views from Helsington Barrows and Church Fell, whilst admiring the buttery yellows, burnt oranges, and rustic browns of the oak, hazel, birch, and chestnut trees below.

Distance from site: 15 minutes’ drive from Witherslack and 25 minutes’ drive from Lakeside.


2) Borrowdale & Derwent Water

The woodland valley of Borrowdale is transformed into a rich patchwork of greens, yellows, and golds in the autumn time. Head to the summit at Castle Crag for an amazing autumn display of colours, discover the vibrant birch and mellow oak trees on the east shore of Derwent Water, or spot the bright fungi as they rear their heads amongst the wonderful carpet of fallen leaves at Brandelhow Park.

Distance from site: 35 minutes’ drive from Keswick.


3) Aira Force & Ullswater

Enjoy an enchanting stroll through the ancient woodland and landscaped glades at Aira Force, with its magical carpet of golden leaves and native red squirrels that can be spotted in the autumn time. The quiet, copper glades give way to dramatic, crystal-clear waterfalls at this 18th Century pleasure ground. If you do decide to trek to the summit of Gowbarrow, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views over the autumn landscape of Ullswater.

Distance from site: 35 minutes’ drive from Keswick.


4) High Close Estate & Arboretum

High Close Estate really is a sight to behold in the autumn time, with far-reaching views across the lovely Loughrigg Tarn and the enchanted Elterwater. The arboretum is home to many rare trees and shrubs from around the world, with more fallen leaves than you could ever imagine carpeting the bracken-lain grounds. Originally planted in 1866 by Edward Wheatley-Balme, there’s no better time than autumn to uncover over 1000 years of history.

Distance from site: 35 minutes’ drive from Keswick.


5) Allan Bank & Grasmere

Admire those awe-inspiring views over Grasmere as the seasons change at “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”: Allan Bank. Crunch your way through fallen leaves that settle on the picturesque path through the rusty bronze woodland, whilst taking in the dazzling display of autumn colours. Be sure to look out for the colourful fungi that carpets the woodland floor during the colder months, too.

Distance from site: 40 minutes’ drive from Keswick and 45 minutes’ drive from Lakeside.


6) Acorn Bank 

Wander through the orchards at Acorn Bank in the autumn season to uncover trees that are laden with fruit, ready and waiting to be harvested. The cheery trees that overhang the Sunken Garden burn in shades of rich yellows and oranges, whilst the Smoke Bush bursts into magnificent fiery red hues. Enjoy crunching through the fallen leaves on the dedicated woodland trails, before popping into the café for a delicious hot chocolate and slice of cake.

Distance from site: 45 minutes’ drive from Keswick.


Why Stay with Long Valley Yurts this Autumn?

1) Relax & Unwind

Now the madness of summer is over, it’s important to take some time out to relax and unwind. Kick off your shoes, sit back and relax at Long Valley Yurts this autumn. We offer the perfect combination of back-to-nature living, without compromising on any home comforts or luxuries. Wake up each day to the sound of birdsong and spectacular views across autumn Lakeland valleys, with the prospect of new adventures lying ahead.


2) Cosy Yurts

Furnished with a distinctly Moroccan feel with woollen rugs, bright coloured throws, twinkling fairy lights, solar lighting, and a large skylight; our yurts are cosy, comfortable, and perfect for the autumn time. Our yurts are extremely strong and are capable of withstanding anything the British weather can throw at them, meaning you are guaranteed to stay cosy and warm when visiting during the colder months.


3) Wood Burning Stoves

There’s nothing quite like sitting around a cosy wood burner on a cold autumnal evening. All our yurts are fully equipped with a 4KW wood burning stove, which features an integrated oven and large hot place, as well as a basket of seasoned wood. Sit back with your mug of hot chocolate and enjoy the warmth of the wood burning stove, before drifting off to sleep as the solar fairy lights twinkle against the canvas. Ahhh, bliss!


4) Luxury Hot Tubs

Make your autumn break in the Lakes even more memorable with a relaxing soak in one of our Scandinavian wood-fired hot tubs. Our yurts at Windermere and Coniston boast show-stopping traditional outdoor hot tubs, which are extremely popular amongst our guests. Snuggle down under a star-studded sky and watch as the steam swirls and rises, and feel all your worries and stresses simply disappear…


Autumn Availability at Long Valley Yurts

With four spectacular locations across the Lake District, why not experience living in the round for yourself this autumn?! We are filling up fast for the autumn season, with limited availability remaining across our sites. So, don’t delay – click here to book your break in the Lakes today!