Missed out on a summer holiday break to the Lake District? Dreaming of long walks across fells, around tarns, and through woodlands whilst the weather is still pleasant? It’s not too late, since although we are heading into the Autumn, September still offers plenty of warmer days, with an average temperate of around 15 degrees Celsius. That’s not too hot, and not too cold; it’s perfect walking weather. 

However, if you need more convincing, here’s a whole host of other reasons why you should book a visit to the Lake District this September.

1. The Children Are Back at School

A peaceful Buttermere


We love children here in the Lake District, and we think it’s the ideal place to bring them on holiday, giving them a chance to experience outdoor adventures like none other. However, we appreciate that not everyone feels the same way, and sometimes it’s nice to have some peace and quiet away from the shrieks.

In Cumbria, children go back to school on Wednesday, 4th September, leaving most of the month fairly child free. For quiet romantic getaways, or simply the opportunity to enjoy the shore of Buttermere without the crowds, September is an ideal month to visit.

2. Muddy Paws Are Welcome!

Muddy Jack Russell Terrier

Children might be scarce in September but dogs certainly are not, and what’s more, they are incredibly welcome. September might bring a little more rain, and with it, mud, but don’t let that put you off bringing your much-loved pet.

Many hotels, restaurants, and cafés happily welcome well-behaved dogs and will provide towels to give those muddy paws a rub. Several shops also welcome dogs, especially in Keswick, which has been voted Britain’s Most Dog Friendly Town multiple years in a row. Check out some of the top dog friendly accommodation in the Lakes here!

3. The Landscapes Are Still Rich with Life

Red Admiral Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly

Summer continues into September and the landscapes are still rich with greenery. Leaves still hold fast onto the trees, with perhaps a subtle hint of the autumn hues that are to come. Late heather blooms still cover the moors and uplands into much of September, creating purple blankets across the national park. Look out for the Red Admiral butterfly, as they tend to make the Lake District their home during September.

4. It’s the Perfect Time to Try Local Produce

Local Cumbrian produce

The late summer period is when we celebrate the harvest, and although Cumbria might be dominated by fells and lakes, it’s also an area with a rich food heritage. September is the perfect time to visit some of our fantastic restaurants, where local and seasonal produce will be at its very best.

For a special treat, check out our Michelin starred restaurants, such as L’Enclume or the Forest Side. Alternatively, pop into one of the many gastro-pubs in the area for a wholesome meal and a pint of locally brewed Cumbrian ale.

5. There Are Some Fantastic Events Taking Place

Carlisle Cathedral

Be sure to ring the bells at Carlisle Cathedral through the Heritage Open Days!

July and August might have the bulk of the season’s main events but September is still jam packed. Foodies are spoilt for choice with the Holker Chilli Fest on the 7th & 8th September, and the Taste Cumbia Cockermouth Food Festival returning to the town for the 10th consecutive year on the 28th and 29th September.

One of the biggest agricultural shows in the county takes place this month too, with the Westmorland Show on Thursday, 12th September. If you fancy something a little unusual, then check out the Gurning World Championships at the Egremont Crab Fair on the 20th & 21st September. September also sees the return of Heritage Open Days, where between 13th and 22nd September, many attractions will be offering free entry or special events, and several properties that are not normally open to the public will be opening their doors for special tours.