Weather In The Lake District

January 18, 2013 admin Uncategorized

People generally visit the Lake District in order to take part in one or more outdoor activities. It is a major centre in the UK for pastimes such as back-packing, pony trekking, cycling, sailing,  bird-watching and so on. Activity holidays are what keeps the local tourist industry a thriving one.

It has to be said though, that, anyone whose idea of an enjoyable break, involves sun-bathing on a hot beach or hotel balcony, would probably be well advised to look elsewhere for their holiday destination.

In fact, the Lake District is the wettest region in England (as well as being amongst the coldest) indeed, a veritable deluge of 3,300 mm a year falls on Seathwaite in Borrowdale, making this community of case-hardened folk the wettest inhabited town in the entire United Kingdom.

Throughout spring and summer though, the temperature is generally reasonably mild, and often even hot. But this does not stop it raining, at least somewhere in the Lake District, almost every day of the year. It is always advisable, if out and about, to carry a waterproof:  a pack-away cagoule for instance.

The reason for all this, is the combination of mountains, and a maritime climate. That is, water-laden air comes in from the North Sea and hits the mountain range, which results in precipitation, usually on the eastern side of the mountains.

There can be hot sunny days though, and it is important to note that the area probably has the most significantly different ‘micro-climates’ of almost anywhere. The combination of proximity to the sea, plus mountains, along with large stretches of inland water, means that on a typical Lakeland day, the weather in one place can be very different from the weather just around the next ‘fell’, or just across  the lake.

Therefore it is possible to ‘chase the sun’, if you are travelling by motorised transport; and if you’re not, then, surely, the physical challenge of the weather, along with the terrain, is all part of the fun!

On those days when you just don’t feel like facing this physical challenge, there are plenty of other things to do in the district, which are mostly indoors.

For instance, the places associated with the Lakeland Poets, ‘Dove Cottage’ and ‘Wordsworth House’, et al, can be visited. There is also a ‘Beatrix Potter Museum’ in Bowness-on-Windemere (the countryside of the Lake District was said to have inspired her famous children’s stories). In addition, there are a scattering of stately homes, and even what might be described as a theme park, at Brockhole (though it is, to be sure,  quite an enlightened, and ‘up-market’ one).

As can be seen, the Lake District is a major holiday and leisure destination within the UK. The fact that the weather here is, undeniably,  often wet, does not seem to have affected its ability to attract  visitors over the two hundred years or more that it has been so.

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