Snow on the mountains and frost underfoot, there’s no better place to be than the Lake District on a crisp winter walk. We’ve chosen our festive favourites to share with you. And what is great about these winter wanders is you’re never too far from a lovely cosy pub, as we do like the winter sport of walking to the nearest bar for a mulled wine!
Brant Fell, Bowness
Join the Dales Way taking up and away from the shore of Windermere. You leave the Dales Way to head up Brant Fell. It is a 2-mile walk to the summit and can be muddy underfoot on a ‘proper Lakes wet day’. There’s a wonderful stone bench viewing point at Post Knott, with the most rewarding 360-degree views down over Lake Windermere. After a loop around the top, this walk returns you to Bowness on Brantwood Fell Road, where conveniently, you’ll pass The Royal Oak, where it’d be rude not to stop-off for a quick pint.
Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick
Placed in a large circle of 30 stones, with a smaller inner circle of 10 stones, the 2-meter high carved rocks at Castlerigg look in miniature against the backdrop of Helvellyn and High Street when you see them from the roadside. The winding B-road makes this atmospheric Neolithic attraction very accessible on foot. It is a 4-mile return walk from Keswick town centre, or if it is just some fresh winter air you want and some winter snaps, then there is limited parking at Castlerigg and off-season is a great time to take advantage.
High Dam, Windermere
High dam is actually a popular wild swimming spot due to its large size and also ease of access. There’s a pay-and-display car park that lies to the west of the foot of Windermere, north of Finsthwaite village and a good path that takes walkers the 1.4 miles to the tarn. Whilst we won’t be taking our woolly socks off at this time of year, pooch may enjoy a splash and there are lots of safe spots for getting to the water’s edge for a pebble skimming contest.
Wansfell Pike, Ambleside to Troutbeck
There are many legends about The Mortal Man Inn in Troutbeck, but the one we most agree with is that they serve one of the best pints in the Lake District! Start in the town centre of Ambleside and head through Skelghyll woods (looking out for Cumbria’s tallest tree) to take in wonderful views from the top of Jenkins Crag. Visit the Mortal Man in Troutbeck and return via Wansfell Pike – it is much more difficult to climb Wansfell from the Ambleside side, take our word for it!
Easdale Tarn, Grasmere
One of the Lake District’s more famous tarns, the riverside walk up to the tarn is as good as the tarn itself. You pass the white cascades of Sour Milk falls, which are spectacular on a winter’s day and there are lots of places to stop and enjoy the view (and rest legs too). It is classic Lake District rocky path underfoot, and so a great excuse to show off those fab new winter walking boots! Approximately 5 miles and all the family will enjoy this walk that the Wordsworth family loved.
Don’t forget that you can have all the seasons in one day in the Lakes, and over the winter months it is important to wrap up warm. Check out our blog on preparing for a winter walk for some very useful tips!