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Winter Walking in The Lake District

As winter blankets the Lake District, transforming its vistas into a snowy spectacle, the allure of its landscapes becomes even more enchanting. If you’re a winter walker seeking the perfect blend of tranquility and breathtaking scenery, then you’ll find a myriad of trails to explore here. Below we’ve rounded up five winter walking routes that showcase the beauty of the Lake District.

1. Catbells and Derwentwater Circuit:

This classic Lake District walk takes on a magical quality in winter. The Catbells and Derwentwater Circuit offer stunning panoramic views of the snow-dusted peaks and the glistening waters of Derwentwater. The ascent up Catbells is rewarded with unparalleled vistas, and the gentle descent along the shores of the lake completes the picturesque journey.


2. The Langdale Pikes:

The ascent to the summit of the Langdale Pikes, Harrison Stickle, and Pike of Stickle is both challenging and rewarding, The crisp mountain air, the crunch of snow underfoot, and the awe-inspiring vistas make this winter walking route to Langdale Pikes an unforgettable adventure.


3. Tarn Hows Circular Walk:

This gentle, family-friendly route offers delightful views of snow-capped mountains that surround Tarn Hows. The tranquility of this winter wonderland makes it a perfect option for a leisurely stroll. This ‘miles without stiles’ circular route is 2 miles in distance, so perfect for all members of the family


4. Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag:

Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag are both winter favourites for those seeking a combination of challenging terrain and stunning vistas. As you ascend, the snow-covered peaks of the Coniston range unfold before you, providing a sense of accomplishment and awe. The descent offers panoramic views of Coniston Water and the surrounding valleys.


5. Ullswater Way:

Ullswater, the second largest lake in the Lake District, takes on a serene beauty in winter. The Ullswater Way is a circular walking route that traces the shoreline, offering captivating views of the lake and the snow-covered Helvellyn range. This gentle walk allows you to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the landscape without the need for strenuous climbs.


Preparation & Safety Tips:

Winter walking requires careful preparation. Ensure you are equipped with sturdy waterproof boots, warm layers, and essential safety gear. Check weather forecasts, inform someone of your walking plans, and carry a map and compass. The Lake District’s winter weather can be unpredictable, so being prepared ensures a safe and enjoyable experience.

Winter in the Lake District transforms this already stunning region into a magical wonderland waiting. Why not come and explore the Lakes this winter and stay in one of our cosy cottages, sleeping 2-16 (many are pet-friendly).


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