Weather in Northern England

Hi, I'm considering a trip to Northern England the last week of August through the first week of September. My husband and I would like to do a little hiking in the Lake District. For those of you who have been there at that time, would you say that is a good time for hikes. I've been to England many times both May and November and I know it can be cold and rainy. Your thoughts? Mary

Posted by Kathleen
Camano Island, WA, usa
331 posts

I was in northern England in September...the weather was very pleasant late summer/early fall. We stayed out all day visiting Castles, etc. It gets a little rainier in Wales. You might like Hadrians Wall or the Peak District for hiking. The Lake District can be crowded with Day Trippers. It really didn't start to rain until October. I had taken woolens and was too hot a couple of days. I think it is the best time for flower gardens. Much better than April or May which is wetter.

Posted by Mary
Reno, NV, USA
145 posts

Thanks, Kathleen. Hadrian's wall was also on my list as well as York, Durham, Holy Island and some ruined priories, Beamish, Yorkshire Dales. Do you think 2 weeks is enough time to do all this?

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3314 posts

Personally, I think that you need to be prepared for rain. It can be beautiful, and it can be cold and wet. So, drag the rain gear and layers along and then rejoice if you don't have to pull it out of the suitcase. ; ) Pam

Posted by Adrienne
Vienna, VA
30 posts

I was in northern England the exact same time (late Aug/early September) last year. Weather was pretty variable - one day low 50s, one day in the 70s, but seemed like mid 60s most of the time. Generally very good hiking weather in my opinion. We had only one completely rainy day, but several days that were rainy in part. I agree you should be ready for some. Also I do think 2 weeks is enough time for your planned ideas.