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The Lake District National Park in Spring

keswick launch at derwentwater

Exploring The Lake District Spring Landscape

Visiting the Lake District National Park in spring is like stepping into a picturesque painting that has been lovingly crafted by Mother Nature and generations of fell farmers. As you mosey around the beautiful landscapes, you’ll be greeted by hedgerows bursting with the vibrant hues of crab apple, blackthorn and hawthorn. You might even stumble upon a cluster of William Wordsworth’s beloved daffodils swaying delicately on the roadside. And oh, the sight of those playful Herdwick lambs frolicking about the fields, with their watchful mamas keeping a keen eye on their escapades, is sure to warm your heart.

Farming in the Lake District | National Trust

The National Trust maintains many acres of historic farmland in the Lake District National Park as well as caring for 55 flocks of Herdwick sheep. Their tireless and passionate work aims to shape hardy landscapes where wildlife and traditional farming can thrive in harmony.

herdwick lambs
Herdwick Lambs | National Trust image by Melinda Gilhen-Baker

By teaming up with local farmers, the National Trust act as eco-superheroes, ensuring the land is in tip-top shape. They’re all about boosting soil health, creating cosy homes for critters and continuously improving biodiversity.

They also have their hands full trying to find that sweet spot of grazing for Galloway cows, setting up woodland pastures, making room for wetlands and creating hedgerows. These leafy wonders are not just there to look pretty – they’re like the unsung heroes of the landscape, providing shelter and nutrients for livestock.

Herdwick Sheep

Among the hardy residents of the Lake District landscape are the Herdwick sheep, a breed as tough as the land they roam. Made famous by none other than Beatrix Potter herself, the adorable Herdwick, with its cute smile, can be found meandering in the valleys or perched on the fells. Thanks to the age-old practice of hefting, the sheep stay put in their designated patches of land and can be guided back to the homestead by skilled sheepdogs with a mere whistle.

Spring Walks in the Lake District National Park

Spring in the Lake District is undoubtedly one of the most magical times of the year. As nature awakens from its winter slumber, the landscapes transform with vibrant colours and new life. One of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Lake District National Park in spring is on leisurely walks where you’re greeted by Herdwick sheep, an abundance of daffodils and blossoming hedgerow-lined paths.

view of derwentwater from walla crag
View of Derwentwater from Walla Crag

There are many scenic routes to explore in the springtime, including The Tarn Hows circular walk, which offers breathtaking views of the mirror-like tarn surrounded by lush greenery and vibrant wildflowers. The meandering path takes you along the lakeshore and through woodlands, providing ample opportunities to spot wildlife and enjoy the tranquility of nature.

The Windermere West Shore walk is another spectacular route, with stunning views of England’s largest lake. For a more challenging hike, the Wray Castle to Latterbarrow walk takes you through woodlands and open fields to the summit of Latterbarrow. From the top, you can enjoy panoramic views of Windermere and the surrounding fells, rewarding you with a sense of accomplishment and awe-inspiring beauty.

spring at Sizergh castle
Sizergh Castle

Embracing the magnificent Sizergh Castle, far reaching vistas over Morecambe Bay and undulating Lakeland fells stretch as far as the eye can see, creating a scenic backdrop for the Sizergh wildlife walk. This idyllic setting is home to a biodiverse habitat where birds, butterflies and wildflowers dance to nature’s captivating rhythm. 

Other notable walks to explore include Alcock Tarn, Walla Crag to Ashness Bridge, Allan Bank, Aira Force, and Gowbarrow Park Trail. Each of these walks presents you with a unique perspective on the region’s natural beauty, from cascading waterfalls and moss-covered woodlands to sweeping vistas and shimmering lakeshores.

aira force greeting card
Aira Force

Discover more spring walks in the Lake District.

Following the Countryside Code | National Trust

The Countryside Code is a guide designed for anyone visiting the countryside and serves to protect our precious landscapes and wildlife. By following the Countryside Code, you can also do your bit for the local community and contribute to the preservation of the Lake District National Park.

As the countryside comes alive with the sights and sounds of new life, it’s crucial to practice responsible dog ownership. Keeping dogs on leads around livestock is not just a matter of safety, but also plays a significant role in protecting the livelihoods of farmers. We should be mindful of the potential impact that even the smallest dog can have on pregnant ewes. The presence of an unleashed dog can induce stress in expectant mothers, potentially leading to miscarriages and endangering the well-being of the livestock. Also, the vulnerability of newborn lambs to stress highlights the importance of preventing any unnecessary disturbances.

If you come across Belted Galloways and their calves grazing in woodland pastures, it’s advised to maintain a respectful distance as they can become very protective of their young. Springtime is also a critical period for ground-nesting birds that are nurturing their chicks.

  • Leash up your pup
  • Don’t park in front of gates
  • Leave no trace and take your trash with you
  • Give tractors some space on the road
  • Don’t light fires

Read the full Countryside Code here

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