Planning a quick getaway? To help you make the most of your outdoor leisure time, weathertrending picks out the Weekend SweetSpot – an area of the UK that we think looks one of the better placed, weather-wise, for the upcoming weekend.
The forecast this weekend is a mixed one. The elements look set to throw all sorts of weather in our direction. But, as they say, there’s no such thing as bad weather – just inappropriate clothing!
And so why not pack the layers, head to this weekend’s SweetSpot – The Lake District – and feel alive?! This uniquely beautiful National Park, with its craggy fells, U-shaped valleys and crystal clear lakes, has been moulded by ice, wind and rain for thousands of years.
Fell-walking can be strenuous and, at this time of year, hazardous. So go prepared. But if you want to stick to the valleys on foot, bike or by car, the vistas are equally as varied and majestic.
The larger towns, such as Kendal and Keswick, are ideal bases from which to explore ‘The Lakes’. But tucked away are some small village gems that have remained almost as unaltered as the surrounding mountains, for hundreds of years.
It’s hardly surprising that the area has inspired so many artists and poets – no more so than William Wordsworth. His home, Dove Cottage in Grasmere, is a must for any literary enthusiast.
One bonus of visiting The Lake District at this time of year is that there are far fewer crowds than in high summer. So whichever corner of the fells you reach, you’ll be guaranteed to find peace and calm amidst the mountains.
Expect some rain and hill snow for a time, but it should become brighter and crisper through the weekend. Nights will be especially cold. All the more reason to settle by the fire at one of the countless cosy inns. Rest and recharge before the next day’s exhilarations.