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Visiting in April

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Visiting in April

Hi! im planning to travel with my girlfriend to the lake district in the begining of April. We know the weather can be random, but we would like to get some information about the vegetation during this time of the year. Are the trees still going to be leafless? we would like to enjoy the british spring, so we would like to see flowers, nice colours, etc.

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1. Re: Visiting in April

Last year spring was late - this year, so far winter has been milder (and wetter) than average so far so if we don't go into reverse before your visit you may find things are a little earlier than average

The Woodland Trust keep records on all sorts of data with reports available as PDF downloads via:

naturescalendar.org.uk/findings/spring/index

More directly relevant the National Trust's rangers in the Lake District have a blog that includes photos. This link goes to the page for mid-April 2013:

ntlakesoutdoors.org.uk/our-team/blogs/page/15

and mid-April 2012:

ntlakesoutdoors.org.uk/our-team/blogs/page/33

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2. Re: Visiting in April

Thanks a lot! when you say that the last year was late, can you please give us a date?at about what time was it? begining of may? if we are lucky this year, do you think we will see soemthing similar to the pics on that blog from 2012? thanks a lot!

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3. Re: Visiting in April

The Woodland Trust's report give lots of specific events which broadly were later than the norm by varying numbers of days; on the whole previous years had been earlier than the long term average, so really hard to predict what will happen this year. Some trees in the Lakes are evergreen so there will be some greenery around whatever the season turns out like.

The Lake District is an attractive area - be prepared with waterproofs and if hiking good footwear etc and you should find plenty to enjoy. You can check local weather forecasts for upto 5 days ahead on the Met Office website:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/

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Thanks a lot CheresX! One last question, is it hard to go from Grasmere to Scafell Pike? we would like to climb that mountains, and we are going to stay in a camping near Grasmere. We dont have a car, so we were wondering is there is any transportation that can take you near Wasdale(online they said its the most common area to start the ascend).

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5. Re: Visiting in April

Whilst Wasdale is the shortest route to the summit of Scafell Pike, its a long drive from Grasmere, you either head North to Keswick, then West to Cockermouth, then South and finally turn Eastward along Wastwater, or you head South to Ambleside, Westward through Langdale, over Wrynose & Hardknott passes, turn North then Eastward along Wastwater. Either way is long and laborious and will probably take 90 minutes or so.

Better to head to head to Keswick, then along Borrowdale and up to Seathwaite Farm. Walk from there up to Sty Head and take the corridor route to Scafell Pike. You'll walk for longer but drive for far less.

Even better if staying at Grasmere with no transport walk up Helvellyn instead. Out of Grasmere, walk up main road to The Travellers Rest, turn off up Tongue Ghyll to Grizedale Tarn, walk round the tarn, ascend Dollywagon Pike, then across to Helvellyn. Its far less busy than Scafell Pike and IMO a better walk.

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6. Re: Visiting in April

If you don't have a car Scafell Pike is not going to be easy. Wasdale isn't really possible. You really have two choices.

You can get a bus to Keswick, then another bus to Seatoller, and start from there via Seathwaite as above. Or you can get a bus to Ambleside, then another bus to the Old Dungeon Ghyll in Langdale and walk from there. I don't know how long these bus journeys would take, but the Seathwaite route is the more interesting walk,

I know it's natural to want to climb the highest peak, but in Grasmere you are surrounded by excellent walking in all directions. Helvellyn is an iconic peak, the Fairfield Horseshoe, and out towards the Langdale Pikes.

Perhaps also worth mentioning that the Lake District doesn't really have a lot of flowers. In hotter climates a great time to be in the mountains is when the spring flowers are blooming, before everywhere gets too hot and dusty, but the Lakes isn't like that. It's cooler and wetter, and the sheep have been eating everything that grows for five thousand years. So it's rocks and grass that you'll see mostly.

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7. Re: Visiting in April

Thanks a lot to all of you! we already booked and we will stay in a nice camping in Grasmere. We wont try to go to Scafell Pike, and we will do local walks as you both suggested!

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8. Re: Visiting in April

A fantastic walk right on your doorstep from Grasmere is the Easedale Round over Helm Crag and on to High Raise and then back over Sergeant Man and Blea Rigg. Easy walking for the most part and great views in all directions.

Some photos below.

…zxq.net/easedale_round_photos/index.htm

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9. Re: Visiting in April

You should get a good display of daffodils in April. Possibly even "a host of golden daffodils", as I believe one former resident of Grasmere put it.

Another vote for Dr_Cheese01's suggestion. High Raise is nowhere near as famous as Helvellyn or Scafell Pike, but for my money it's one of the best peaks in the Lake District. It doesn't have the same iconic routes up, but it's slap bang in the middle of the Lake District, and on a clear day you have the most gorgeous views in all directions.

And Blea Rigg also has far better views than you have any right to expect for a fell of its size.

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10. Re: Visiting in April

Oh, and almost forgot to say: forget about Scafell Pike. Starting from Grasmere and without a car, it's going to be a complete pain to get there. Scafell Pike will still be there the next time you visit.