Lancashire and Cumbria are both wonderful places to visit if you love the countryside and enjoying beautiful views. These country scenes really come to life in the autumn time, as the colours start to change and leaves turn orange. Sunsets get earlier and more spectacular, too, so finding a good vantage point is well worth the effort.
So where are the best spots to head to if you’re visiting Lancashire and Cumbria and really want to make the most of the autumn scenery this year? Here are a few of the best places to check out!
Arnside and Silverdale
The Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of the most wonderful places to visit at any time of the year, but even more so in the autumn.
There is woodland to walk through, plenty of coastline to explore the beaches, and lots of opportunity to watch the sun setting into the sea from Jack Scout.
Why not take a long walk from Arnside to Silverdale, and then stop off at The Royal to refuel with a bite to eat?
Or head to RSPB Leighton Moss for a spot of wildlife watching. Autumn is the perfect time to see the first starling murmurations, as thousands of the little birds swirl together in the skies before settling down to roost.
There’s no place more magical in the autumn than a forest, surrounded by trees, and Grizedale Forest is the perfect place to head to if you’d like to do just that.
Enjoy the autumn colours, the light coming through the trees, and the endless forest trails, or keep your eyes peeled for the stunning artwork that is dotted about throughout.
Whether you prefer to hike, cycle, or even ride on horseback, there are plenty of different ways to explore the forest. You can even swing through the treetops themselves if you pay a visit to Go Ape!
Wray Castle is an amazing place to visit in the Autumn, especially if you have children in tow. This Gothic Revival castle sits on the shore of Lake Windermere, and has everything you could wish for in a castle and more. There are turrets, towers, vast grounds to explore, and even games and activities inside the castle itself.
Enjoy seeing the autumn colours on a wander through the grounds of the castle, or on a rainy day, you can escape inside to enjoy the Peter Rabbit Adventure rooms.
Help get dinner ready in the kitchen, relax in bed and read one of the Beatrix Potter tales, or handpick vegetables with Mr McGregor.
There are foam building blocks so that you can build your very own gothic castle, plenty of dressing up costumes so that you can become a king or queen of the castle, and much more to engage little ones’ imaginations.
Williamson Park, Lancaster
There are few better places to catch an autumn sunset than Williamson Park in Lancaster. Located at the very top of the city up at its highest point, stands the Ashton Memorial, one of Lancashire’s most recognisable landmarks.
Surrounding the memorial is a beautiful park, complete with woodland and glades where you can sit and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature, and observe the changing colours.
Sit on one of the benches at the top of the park, climb the memorial steps, or sit on the sundial and you’ll be treated to spectacular views right across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland fells beyond. This is where some of the most wonderful sunsets in all of Lancaster can be witnessed, as the sun sinks into the horizon and paints the landscape in shades of purple and orange.
We hope this has given you a little bit of inspiration for some of the most incredible places to spend an autumn day in the local area. Do be sure to get in touch with us here at Holgates if you’re planning a visit and are looking for a place to stay.