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The Weather in Penrith
Above is a climate diagram for Penrith. In July, maximum temperatures climb above 19°. On the other hand, you could have temperatures dropping under 3° in January. The rainiest month is December, while the driest month is February.
Experience the Lake District from your Penrith holiday letting
Located to the north of the Lake District, Penrith is a great place to base yourself for a holiday exploring the Lake District and its historic visitor attractions. Choose from Penrith accommodation in the heart of the town, or stay in a rural country cottage to really get away from it all.
A visit to the Penrith Museum is a great place to start your stay in the town. The museum features items from the town's history, including the 19th century collection which founded the original museum and includes historical artefacts and geological items from the lakes, as well as works of art.
The 14th century Brougham Hall is now home to local arts and crafts businesses, as well as being an interesting historical building in its own right. Buy local souvenirs or even try your hand at a new craft in one of their regular workshops.
Explore the great outdoors with the family
Kids will love exploring the Lake District, and there are plenty of family-friendly walking routes in the areas around Penrith and Ullswater. One of the most popular is the circular walk to the spectacular Aira Force waterfall. It takes you through an area landscaped by the Victorians on the west bank of Ullswater. Ullswater itself is a great place to spend a family day out; kids can go swimming, if the weather is good, or you can hire canoes and explore the lake on your own steam.
Swimming in lakes isn't to everyone's taste, luckily the Penrith area also has a number of open air swimming pools in Askham, Lazenby, Shape and Greystoke. Explore the lakes on four legs with a day out on horseback from the Happy Hooves Riding Centre in Penrith. The centre offers lessons as well as a three-hour fell tide across the open countryside.
Lakes and castles
Penrith is a few miles north of Ullswater, one of the most popular lakes in the area and home to the Ullswater Steamers, which take visitors on leisurely cruises across the water. Take a hike up Helvellyn, England's third highest mountain, to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
Back in town itself, visit the ruins of the 14th century Penrith Castle or the 13th century fortress of Brougham Castle on the banks of the River Eamont. Step further back in time by exploring some prehistoric monuments in the area, including the standing stone circle known as Long Meg and her Daughters or King Arthur's Round Table, a circular neolithic henge which later settlers believed was the legendary King Arthur's jousting area.
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