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  1. Fishjump

    Fishjump

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    I'm trying to schedule a visit to the UK, and wish to coincide with some Autumn color in The Lake District. at this time, I'm thinking around the last week of October?

    TIA

    Paul
     
  2. GTG

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    No guarantee in the UK but yes its supposed to be late Sep / Oct / Nov
     
  3. jerry12953

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    I usually reckon last week in October/first week in November here in Wales, so maybe a few days earlier in the Lakes? It does depend on frost/wind though.
     
  4. alfbranch

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    Anywhere in that timeframe is correct and it can be quite localised.
    It depends on what the Atlantic ocean throws at us. So no guarantee.

    I live within sight of the lakes.
     
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  5. GTG

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    Incredibly leaf drop is already happening with me and I'm down South. My lawn is starting to look messy with them already
     
  6. Sid

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    I was in Skye this past weekend and there were sections where the ground looked distinctly autumnal with the amount of leaves that had fallen. Some heavy wind helped I think.
     
  7. Scirocco_09

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    I go every year and the last few days of October and especially the first week of November is usually fantastic. The Ullswater area was slower to turn last year though, the oaks were mostly still very green in early November but there were still beautiful patches of gold to be found, especially in the morning mists. The birch trees will start turning this month, some may have started already. Can't wait to be back there
     
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  8. GordonM

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    Leaf drop seems bad with Chestnuts already, presumably due to the leaf infection they seem to have developed?
     
  9. Scirocco_09

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    Possibly the moth problem (https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=533) but they're actually turning later this year here in Lincolnshire, seen it in late July in previous years
     
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    Last year was later than previously. I think this year we are about 10 days or so ahead of last year. I think the last two weeks of October will be just about right. It depends how things go over the rest of September. I am in the Lakes (Ullswater mostly but also Keswick/Ambleside/Consiton) every day.
     
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    This is my unscientific feeling too.

    The only thing is the w/c 23rd is the schools half term holiday I think. I always go away for autumn and because I prefer less people I usually do the week after this.

    Autumn also seems to happen earlier further North, is this true? Or is it really dependent on which areas get a couple of good frosts first, which is usually further north?

    I'm going to Scotland for autumn this year, and I literally spend the time leading up to it getting excited as I see the colours turning, but also nervous when it seems too windy! Last year the conditions dovetailed perfectly for my planned trip. Fingers crossed for everyone this year who has to book a particular week.
     
  12. Scirocco_09

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    Same here, you're ok for sunrise but it can get very crowded during the day.

    This is generally true, and spring is usually earlier in the south - I'd guess it's a combination of heat and altitude. The peak autumn colours where I am are usually a few weeks behind the Lake District, although we don't get half as good a display
     
  13. jerry12953

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    Here in Wales leaf loss seems to be beginning very early too. Trees seem to be thinning already which doesn't bode well for a colourful autumn. But who knows what will happen between now and then.....
     
  14. Scirocco_09

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    It's hard to predict but it's generally been unsettled with fairly average to cool temperatures since the middle of July (at least where I am). BBC's monthly outlook predicts September will improve from next week with high pressure arriving for most of the country - warm days, chilly nights and foggy mornings ahead. Maybe that'll peg things back and be good for the colour but if not I'd also say the best of autumn will be earlier than last year.

    I've only got accommodation in the Lakes for the second week of November so far, done back in May when the weather was at it's peak and I expected another late autumn. Had the jitters in the last couple of months and will no doubt be booking the week before as well!
     
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    I'm just south of The Lakes. We have leaf drop already, but no colour as yet.
    This was taken at the end of October 2015
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    The Island
    by Frank Yates2010, on Flickr
    as was this
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    Moss Eccles tarn
    by Frank Yates2010, on Flickr
    This was taken earlier the same month
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    Autumn
    by Frank Yates2010, on Flickr

    which all goes to show that there is no uniformity of time frame up there. Some go yellow/red/orange early and others stay green for a long time.
     
  16. Stu Meech

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    In my experience autumn always hangs on a lot longer the further south you go. New Forest, for instance, normally peaks early November to sometimes even as late as mid November.
     
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  17. Fishjump

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    I'd like to thank everyone for their experience and suggestions. Hopefully, I've chosen the right time of Nov 1 - 6.
     
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    There's a lot of oak in the Lake District and they are the last to fall, even if they go quite brown they often hang on almost to December.
     
  19. Dashing

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    I'll be there from the 10th-12th.. so make sure you post your pics so I know what I'm in for
     

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