Winter time in Keswick and the North Lakes often produces wonderful, stunningly clear, cool, still days, showing those snow capped landscapes so often pictured on Lake District calendar pages. Most people do not realise that the average winter time temperature in Keswick is usually higher than in south east England. Snow on the high fells creates the icing on the cake, but snow in the low level valleys is a very rare occurence - with the winter of 2009-10 being an exception, as it was throughout the UK. As the temperatures start to rise at the end of Winter the hedgerows and gardens become dotted with white as snowdrops appear, often forming white carpets of green and white.
This is the time of rising temperatures and longer days, and the time for daffodils, lambs and bluebells. The arrival of the Bassenthwaite Ospreys from Africa in early Spring is eagerly awaited, and warm clear, dry days provide the opportunity to get out and about. The white streaks of snow steadily vanish from the felltops, more cyclists appear on tracks and roads and more walkers appear on the fells determined to enjoy the scenery. Late Spring is usually the driest time of the year here, May being a month of annual festivals in Keswick, with the Jazz Festival, Mountain Festival and Beer Festivals taking place.
The warmer water temperatures of Summer provides it the ideal time of year for family holidays and to enjoy the many water sports on offer such as windsurfing, sailing, canoeing or kayaking on Derwentwater. Or to enjoy outdoor pursuits such as walking, rock climbing, mountain biking or horse riding while others appreciate less demanding activities such as some gentle ambling, fishing, photography, painting or bird watching. This is the season of village & agricultural shows, where you can see traditional Lakeland sports such as Cumberland or Westmorland wrestling and fell running, sheep dog trials and poultry, sheep and cattle shows.
September is often seen as the start of the autumn season, although changes in fell and tree colours are rarely seen before mid-October - and often later. This is generally a more peaceful time of the year, weatherwise, and accommodation during September often gets booked up a long time in advance, as does the October schools half term week, where families can enjoy a good break in the Lakes before the Winter weather starts to appear.