The Lake District is a beautiful and interesting place to visit any time of year but with the imminent arrival of spring the abundance of wildlife and nature really bursts into life. From red squirrels, rare hawfinches, buzzards and kestrels to woodlands filled with bluebells, snowdrops and endless displays of daffodils.
With so much to see it’s hard to know where to start so we have put together a few suggestions that should be top of your list when you visit the Lake District.
With the risk of extinction in England we are really lucky to have a number of woodlands where Red Squirrels are still thriving. They spend most of their days snacking on hazelnuts or bobbing about through the trees and along dry stone walls. They are quite easy to spot with their distinctive reddish-brown fur and tufts at the end of their ears. One of the best places to see a Red Squirrel is here in Ambleside in Skelghyll Woods or just down the road in Grasmere at either Allan Bank or White Moss Woods.
There is nothing so majestic and captivating than watching birds soaring above the Cumbrian countryside and we have some quite impressive breeds that call the Lake District home. Buzzards and Kestrels can often be seen on a walk in the hills as they fly along the valleys searching for food. Whilst the Buzzard will soar high the Kestrel will hover in one place until spotting lunch then diving onto its prey.
A short drive from Ambleside to the woodland area around Bassenthwaite, near Keswick, the RSPB have a hide set up where you can watch a pair of breeding Ospreys as they search and swoop looking for food.
Nothing says spring has sprung like lambs skipping around the fields and carpets of flowers throughout the woodlands. The Daffodil is probably most synonymous with the Lake District because of William Wordsworth’s original poem inspired by the brightly coloured spring flowers along the shores of Ullswater. One place we recommend spending a spring afternoon wandering around is Dora’s Field, about 1.5miles from Ambleside in Rydal. Once owned by William Wordsworth himself, now maintained by the National Trust, this semi-open woodland is renowned for its beautiful displays of bluebells and daffodils and is the perfect place to sit on a bench and allow yourself a moment of peace and quiet to reflect on the stunning views.
If you want to venture off into the Lake District and explore then why not celebrate the arrival of spring with a short break to relax and take in the beauty and calmness, we have some great offers and are perfectly located in the heart of the Lakes.