The Lake District is the UK’s adventure capital, and the fells offer endless possibilities for exploration. However, whilst thousands of people conquer the fells each year without incident, the increase in popularity of the Lake District as a tourist destination has led to an increase in work for the mountain rescue teams that operate in the area.

March in the Lake District brings dazzling displays of golden daffodils, Herdwick lambs frolicking in the fields, and all around us new life can be seen in abundance. This month’s event calendar is packed with things to do, including intricate craft workshops, numerous live music and theatre events, and even a marmalade festival. Easter is late this year, so there are no school holidays this month, making March an ideal time to visit for those seeking a break away from the crowds.

Thinking of booking a Lake District break but not sure when to visit? Here’s why we think March would be a perfect time for your holiday.

This February, many schools in England and Wales will be closing down for one week for the annual February half term holiday. Being at the end of winter, and following on from the excesses of Christmas, the week isn’t a typical choice for families seeking to book a break.

With so many different activities available we like to think of the Lake District as one giant adventure playground. Families visiting the area are offered a wealth of opportunities to try new challenges, whilst the lakes and fells are brimming with endless possibilities for those with enough imagination.

The snow drops have bloomed and the daffodil bulbs have pushed through the frozen ground, ready for their brilliant display in the next few weeks. February in the Lake District sees the gap bridged between winter and spring. Snow can still feature, especially on the higher fells, but all around there are signs of the warmer months that are ahead of us, with some lambs taking their first steps in the fields that surround the lakes.

Not only does the Lake District have fabulous fells, luscious lakes, and an extraordinarily rich cultural heritage, but now it can boast of one more achievement; having its own currency. The Lake District Pound was launched in May last year in order to encourage visitors and residents to support local businesses. It quietly grew in popularity, with around £140,000 worth in circulation that is accepted by 350 businesses.

Happy New Year from the Lake District. 2019 is set to be a bumper year for tourism in the National Park with large crowds expected so perhaps consider booking a break for January this year. The first month of the year is typically one of the quietest in terms of numbers of visitors and it is also one of the cheapest times to visit, with many hotels offering significant discounts, especially when booked mid-week. Despite visitor numbers being low, however, there are still a good number of events taking place this month.

Thinking of booking a Lake District holiday for 2019? Whilst Windermere, Ambleside, and Keswick might be top for most visitors to the area, we take a look at why you should consider basing yourself in West Cumbria instead. From the depths of Wild Ennerdale, to the sweeping sands of the Solway Coast, West Cumbria has lots to offer to those seeking something a little more off the beaten track.

As December draws to a close we are looking ahead to the forthcoming year. Forget new year resolutions about giving up sugar or keeping on top of the housework. Instead, make 2019 a year to remember by booking a trip to the Lake District and ticking these must-do activities off the list.