This walk is exhilaratingly beautiful and breathtaking (quite literally – it’s steep) no matter what time of year you go. Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, at an elevation of 978 meters above sea level, and is part of the Southern Fells – making for a stunning but challenging hike. Go on a clear day, and you can see Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Isle of Man from the peak.
Seascale CA20 1EX www.scafellpike.org.uk
Enjoy the many treats on offer at Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse near Hawkshead. It’s a time capsule into her life, with a house filled with 1,433 of her personal items and 2,200 works on paper. After you’ve explored the writer’s mind, follow in her footsteps (as well as the paws and claws of her favourite characters) out in the garden. Through the door in the redbrick wall you’ll see flower beds stuffed with autumnal flowers and vegetables, planted in the English cottage-garden style.
Near Sawrey, Ambleside LA22 0LF
01539 436269 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top
Surround yourself in shades of red, orange, brown and yellow as the leaves transform the landscape at Grizedale Forest. The vast woodland is to the east of Coniston Water and to the south of Hawkshead, and is the perfect place to walk in autumn. There are also cycling trails, quiet spots to admire the wildlife, amazing sculptures, and plenty of places to relax and enjoy a picnic on a blanket of fallen leaves.
Grizedale LA22 0QJ www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale
Wray Castle is a Victorian, neo-gothic, mock-castle in Claife. The house was one of many built around Lake Windermere by very wealthy industrialists who had made their fortunes in big cities during the industrial revolution. Explore its grandeur on the shores of Lake Windermere and wander the informal grounds.
Wray Castle Lodge, Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA
Mirehouse and Gardens
Set in the heart of the northern part of the Lake District, three miles from Keswick, the beautiful, natural gardens at Mirehouse offer stunning views of the dramatic Lakeland landscape. Enjoy the tranquility of the walled bee garden, stroll in quiet contemplation along the Poetry Walk, or sit by the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake.
Mirehouse Keswick, Keswick CA12 4QE
01768 772287 www.mirehouse.co.uk