The Lake District is simply stunning in the wintertime. With a picturesque patchwork of snow-capped mountains, lakes, tarns and valleys, the landscape transforms into a true winter wonderland and is certainly a sight to behold. Nothing beats looking out at the snowy mountains, before wrapping up warm and embarking upon a winter ramble; finished off by a hearty meal beside a roaring open fire in a cosy pub.
Wonderful Winter Walks
Winter hikes are just as stunning as summer walks in the Lake District; perhaps even more so. Whether you wish to climb up a snow-covered mountain or would rather opt for a gentle ramble near an icy lake, there’s something for everyone here in the Lake District.
Castlerigg Stone Circle is the Lake District’s very own Stonehenge, just a short walk from the picturesque village of Keswick. Offering panoramic views of the snow-laden peaks of Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Blencathra and Grasmoor, this ancient site makes for an easy winter’s walk.
It’s easy to see why the Wordsworth family loved the slow, easy ramble from Grasmere to Easedale Tarn. Passing through the Sour Milk falls (which are simply stunning on a crisp winter’s day), you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the wintery Lake District countryside from the summit.
The Sizergh Wildlife Walk is great for families, with plenty to see all year round. Situated in a quiet corner of the Lakes and beginning from the stunning Sizergh Castle, you will discover an amazing array of natural history, as well as some wonderful winter wildlife.
If you’re looking to take your dog on a brisk walk, look no further than Hodge Close. This is one of the most beautiful winter rambles in the whole of the Lakes, offering an insight into the area’s industrial history, as well as fantastic views of the snow-capped Langdale Pikes and nearby fells.
Aira Force is even more impressive than usual during the colder months, when there is often more rain and groundwater. Boasting winter woodland trails and several stunning waterfalls, you will be blown away by the spectacular views over the Ullswater Valley and beyond.
The Kentmere Horseshoe is another walk that’s possibly even better during the winter months, as the fells look sensational in the snow. This circular walk takes in nine Wainwright summits, providing incredible views of Lake Windermere, Morecambe Bay and Kentmere Reservoir.
If you’re up for a challenge, the Red Screes makes for a great winter hike. The ascent to Kirkstone Pass is particularly difficult, but the panoramic views of Kirkstone Pass, The Struggle and a frozen tarn at the summit makes all that hard work worthwhile.
After a cold winter’s walk, there’s nothing better than warming up around a log fire whilst tucking into some hearty pub grub. The Lake District is positively brimming with cosy pubs and traditional inns, just waiting for you to come and visit…
The Wheatsheaf Inn, Brigsteer is well known for its ‘fine hand-pulled Cumbrian ales, proper log fires and Cumbrian delicacies’, as stated on the sign outdoors. Step inside and experience true comfort and warmth, with three beautiful bar rooms, snug shepherds’ crooks, and fantastic food.
The Derby Arms, Witherslack is a traditional English country inn that positively oozes character and charm. Venture into the main bar area and settle down by the large open fire, whilst tucking into some fabulous food from their imaginative menu.
The Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater is a celebrated pub in a stunning setting, overlooking the marvellous Melbreak. You are guaranteed a warm welcome in their low beamed main bar with open fire, as well as plenty of legendary ales and pub grub to choose from.
The George & Dragon, Clifton is a unique inn with bags of charm and character. The main bar features flagstones, rugs, paintings, prints, antique furniture, and a roaring fire, creating a homely and snug feel. Tuck into some tasty food in their rustic restaurant, with old church pews as chairs.
The Mason Arms, Strawberry Bank is a classic Lakes inn with a warm Cumbrian welcome. Head into the gorgeous dining room and choose a seat near the open range, whilst enjoying some hearty pub grub from their extensive family-friendly menu.
The Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite is an interesting and unique bar, which was once huntsman John Peel’s regular. This beautiful coaching inn’s lovely bistro, restaurant and two lounges are jam-packed full of antiques, cosy rugs, and log fires in the wintertime.
Holidays with a Breath of Fresh Air in the Lake District
With three central locations across the Lake District National Park, Long Valley Yurts is ideally situated to explore the whole of the Lakes. Our sites in Keswick, Coniston, and Windermere allow you to experience the sense of adventure that comes with outdoor living, without sacrificing on any home comforts.
We are now closed for the winter and reopen again on 18th March 2022. Click here to book your break in the Lake District today!