The Lake District is just as stunning in the winter as it is in the summer, and with a host of things to do and see, it really is a wonderful time to visit the area. We’ve narrowed down our list of reasons to visit to just 5 of the best. Whether you are on a solo adventure, romantic break, trip with friends or bringing the whole family, you’re bound to find something you’ll love.
Beautiful winter scenery
The beauty of the lakes really does go without saying, but the Lake District is truly stunning in winter. The lakes transform into a scene of alpine beauty, with golden lakes set off by snow-capped, rolling hills and mountains and often blue skies and dazzling winter sunlight. It’s almost reminiscent of the wintry landscapes of Narnia at times! With a range of winter walks of varying lengths and difficulty, there will always be one that is perfect for any visitor, old or young. Pets can join you on long wintery walks too without overheating, and with plenty of pet-friendly hotels, you and your furry family can enjoy a winter holiday together.
Winter warmers in cosy pubs
The Lake District is home to a huge number of cosy pubs and inns, ideal for resting weary limbs after long walks, or for cosy nights in by the fire. When it’s winter outside, these pubs are ever more appealing, serving winter warmers and local beers to hungry explorers. For more discerning palettes, the Lakes are also host to a number of Michelin star restaurants. Enjoy a gourmet tour of one of the tastiest places in Britain.
Get into the Christmas spirit
Get into the Christmas spirit by doing a spot of shopping during your break. Pick up local bakes and handmade chocolates, which (if they manage to make it home!) make wonderful gifts. The Lakes is also home to a number of budding artists and craftspeople, and local galleries and gift shops showcase their creative talents and give you the opportunity to buy a masterpiece. Penrith hosts its own Winter Festival that is perfect for gifts and trinkets, home decoration and delicious delicacies; and it runs for a whole month.
Keswick hosts a traditional Victorian Fayre in December, which also gives you the chance to support the local charities while you browse round its stalls. You might even spot Father Christmas’ reindeer.
Activities for the whole family
For the active amongst you, or for burning up the energy of little ones, you might want to visit one of the many indoor activity centres to keep yourselves occupied! From climbing centres to kids’ play areas, the Lake District offers entertainment for all ages.
If you do experience bad weather during your visit, there are a whole host of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Culture vultures and history buffs will enjoy Muncaster Castle, and children will love its meadow vole maze. For fiction lovers, The Beatrix Potter museum is a lovely tribute to the creator of Peter Rabbit.
Enjoy peace and quiet
You’ll find that the Lakes can be much quieter in the winter, offering greater opportunities to explore the stunning surroundings in relative peace and quiet compared to other times of year.
There are so many great reasons to enjoy a break in the Lake District this winter. Treat yourself to some peace and quiet in beautiful natural surroundings, with great food and drink and a wonderful landscape to explore.