The Lake District in September - Reasons to Visit
04 September 2023

We think a visit to the Lake District is a wonderful idea, whatever the month, whatever the weather. It's gorgeous all year round. But we do love September. What a fantastic time to stay in one of our Matson Ground cottages. Here are just a few reasons why.

The weather

Let's be honest, the weather in the Lake District is temperamental so say the least, but September is generally pleasant, despite the imminent arrival of Autumn. Slightly cooler than the summer months, but still perfect for long walks on the fells, or days by the lakes. 

Some peace and quiet

If you prefer the views or leisurely strolls with the backdrop of youngsters shouting and screaming, then September is the time to visit the Lake District, because the children are back at school. And that means peace and quiet. The roads are quieter; the pubs, restaurants and coffee shops are less busy; and the region's amazing attractions are so much easier to access. 

The perfect time to try local produce

September is harvest time, which means much of the local and seasonal produce will be at its very best. So once you've worked up an appetite on the fells and lakes, why not pop into one of the many gastro pubs in the area for a hearty meal and a pint of locally brewed Cumbrian ale? Or for a special treat, why not check out on the region's Michelin-starred restaurants? 

One annual event not to miss is the Taste Cumbria Cockermouth, Taste Cumbria's flagship festival. This is a date fixed in every foodie's calendar. This year, Taste Cumbria will run on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 Cumbria. It's just over an hour by car from our Windermere cottages and a little less for anyone staying in one of our Ullswater cottages, but what a treat. This is an unforgettable festival celebrating all the tasty food the Lake District has to offer.


For many, photographers in particular, this time of year is magical. The luscious green landscape begins to change colour, creating a beautiful tapestry of reds, oranges and yellows. September also sees mists clinging to the lakes, as well as stunning sunsets as the evenings begin to draw in.

Heritage Open Days

Every September, historic buildings and monuments across the country throw open their doors to the public as part of Heritage Open Days, England's largest festival of history and culture. This year, Heritage Open Days runs from 8 - 17 September with events taking place in every corner of the Lake District, from Carlisle to Cartmel, Ambleside to Appleby. What a great chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences.

For a full list of events taking place across the region, simply click here.

There are so many reasons to visit the Lake District at any time of year, but we do love September. We haven't even touched on the range of outdoor activities available - and the cooler temperatures mean it's an excellent time to get out and about and soak up those stunning views.

If you would like any more information, please do get in touch.

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