Scenes of early May

May in the Lake District is a busy time of rejuvenation and growth. Although keen gardeners tell us that we cannot be certain that there will not be one last hard frost that will be detrimental to young seedlings before the end of this month, already one can see that the greenery around us has made good inroads and are growing strong, tall and bushy. Yes, we can still see the remnants of Winter in the brown twigs and branches which have yet to sprout their covering of flora or foliage; nonetheless, the optimism for mid-Spring shared by man and beast for the Summer to come can be seen all about us.

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‘ Looking over Blea Tarn to the Langdale Pikes at Dawn on a spring morning.’ (Photo by Ben Barden.)

In the Lake District, walkers are arriving from far and wide to explore its fells and byways. At Blenheim Lodge, we have had a number of Australians here to enjoy the beauties of this area’s hamlets, villages, and small towns. The many lakes beckon with their burgeoning gorgeousness of interesting wildlife and lush foliage that frame their loveliness so beautifully.

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Enjoy a panoramic view of ‘Lowther Valley from Knipe Scar’. (Photo by Dave Willis courtesy of

Meanwhile, the drizzly rain that has been our on and off companion for the last two days has yet to dampen the spirits of the die-hard outside cafe aficionados. On a recent errand taking me from Bowness to Ambleside, I noticed many customers eating and sipping out of doors whilst the sun played hide and seek with overhead clouds. A feeling of being on holiday seemed to pervade the air, as men, women and children sat out in the sun (when it shone) or ducked under huge awnings and umbrellas when a light drizzle ensued.

Early May seems to imbue a promise of good things to come: Summer sunshine; carefree days of outings, good food and drink; and opportunities for discovering the gems of this stupendous landscape. For potential visitors who are debating whether to visit the Lake District or not, early Summer is probably one of the nicest times to come to the Lakes. The schools are not out yet, so the highways and byways are not crowded with traffic and people. Meanwhile, visitors will still have the long days to enjoy and lots to do to occupy themselves or . . . not at all – why not take the lazy way out, and mooch about on a lakeside promenade, by a picturesque fell , or even aboard a yacht on a sunset cruise? (We can arrange the latter for guests.)

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Yachts moored on Lake Windermere as seen from Bowness on Windermere, where Blenheim Lodge is located.

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