The Lake District to many people, conjures up images of Summer. Splendid, sunny days; swimming in lakes and tarns; warm picnics- you get the idea. But more and more people are discovering the joys of Winter in the Lake District. With its cosy pubs, fun winter events, and plenty of seasonal attractions, not to mention the beautiful, snowy mountain-tops- there's never been a better time to take a well-deserved break in the Lakes.
But what to expect when you get here? Well, here are a few things you can expect to see, do and experience when you come on a Winter break in the Lakes:
Kitting-out for a Winter walk
Lots of people prefer walking in the Lakes in the Winter. There are less people around to disturb your tranquillity; the days can be clear and crisp; the scenery is often beautifully dusted with snow, and there’s always a warm pub and a pint to be found at the bottom.
Expect to wrap-up warm; take extra layers, and be more prepared than you might have been in the Summer… But, it’s all part of the fun of Winter walking in the Lakes!
Beautiful views of snowy mountains
Winter in the Lake District is the perfect time of year for budding photographers. While it is often still clear of snow lower down, the mountain-tops are guaranteed to have at least a splattering of snow, setting the scene for wonderful views and picturesque walks.
Staying warm by the fire
One thing the Lake District is not short of, is good pubs! You can expect many open fires, warm Winter meals, and lots of local ale to keep you occupied on the colder days! Check out our guide to Lake District Walks With Pubs At The End, for some great suggestions of places to visit after a Winter walk in the lakes.
Christmas lights and shopping
Most towns and villages in the Lake District are beautifully lit for Christmas. Take a stroll around Keswick, or any other Lake District town, and discover not only an abundance of Christmas spirit, but plenty of locally produced gifts for your loved-ones this Christmas.
As well as excellent shopping, the Lake District hosts a huge amount of Christmas markets for visitors to enjoy. Check out our guide to Christmas Markets In The Lake District, to find the best ones for you!
Lots of attractions to visit
Although you’d expect a lot of attractions to be closed in the Winter, for maintenance etc… a large number of them number now remain open over much, if not all, of the Winter season. If you’re looking for an indoor activity on a rainy day, or something to occupy the kids, take a look at our guide to Things To Do In The Lake District On A Rainy Day for some inspiration.
What will you be adding to Lake District wish-list this winter? If you haven't yet booked your Winter escape with us, there's still time to do so!