England: 10 Reasons to Visit The Lake District in Winter

England: 10 Reasons to Visit The Lake District in Winter

Well-known for its beautiful landscape, dramatic scenery and excellent hiking routes, The Lake District is a pleasure to visit in summer but there are plenty of reasons why a winter trip to the Lakes can be just as enjoyable – if not more so. We actually prefer to visit the Lake District in the winter months and have visited numerous times over the years. In fact, we are heading there this weekend to enjoy a lot of things the area has to offer, of which there are plenty. To find out what we and what you can get up to in the area in the colder months of the year, we have compiled this list of top 10 reasons to visit The Lake District in winter.

Picturesque Scenery

There aren’t many things that can compare to the natural beauty of the Lake District’s scenery. While this makes it a popular destination throughout the year, during winter the area is transformed into a magical, almost otherworldly scene. On sunny days, the snow-covered landscape is downright magnificent. 

Cosy Pubs

Is there anything better on cold winter days than cosying up by the fireside with a hot drink? In winter you can truly appreciate the wonderful pubs dotted around the entire Lake District. Many of which have open fireplaces for you to cosy up next to.

With some pubs dating back hundreds of years, like the 16th century Blacksmith’s Arms in Broughton Mills, they’re an unmissable sight on a winter visit to the Lakes. Especially as each pub has its own unique charm and character. 

Walking and Hiking Trails

Hiking In The Lake District, England

As many of The Lake District’s famous walking and hiking routes are accessible all year round, winter is the perfect time to explore the countryside without the worry of sunburn or dehydration. A brisk hike on a cold winter morning also provides the perfect excuse to warm up with a hot cider or mulled wine afterwards. Many of the trails are located only a short drive from some of the Lake District hotels.   

Traditional Christmas Markets

The Lake District’s charming towns and villages offer the perfect setting for Christmas markets with a more traditional feel. They are great for picking up homemade Christmas decorations and a Christmas present or two. Travel back in time as you explore one of the many markets that open in the area over the festive season, including the popular Victorian Christmas Fayre in Keswick. 

Indoor Attractions

Winter is the perfect time to enjoy one of The Lake District’s many indoor attractions without feeling guilty about spending your day indoors, rather than taking in the world-famous sights outdoors. Our recommendations include The World Of Beatrix Potter in Bowness, The Dock Museum in Barrow and The Pencil Museum in Keswick.

Fewer Tourists

Lake District

Want to know the best thing about visiting The Lake District in winter? Fewer tourists. Summer trips to the area are usually marred by navigating busy roads full of other outdoor enthusiasts, and you can forget about trying to find a parking space. In winter, however, the Lake District welcomes far fewer visitors than any other time of year, allowing you to really enjoy the area and take in its beauty without the hustle and bustle of the usual crowds.    

Spa Breaks

With plenty of spa breaks on offer in the area, winter is the best time to indulge in a relaxing break in The Lake District, when you can really feel the benefits of a good sauna, or some time spent relaxing in a hot tub especially when it’s cold outside.

Via Ferrata Climbing

Not one for the faint of heart, Via Ferrata climbing, is accessible all year round in the Lake District, and winter offers climbers the chance to challenge themselves and brave the cold weather for the reward of some truly stunning views of The Lake District.


Castlerigg, The Lake District, England

Offering panoramic views across many of the mountains and valleys in The Lake District, the Castlerigg Stone Circle becomes one of the most popular destinations in winter, specifically on the Winter Solstice. Raised over 5,000 years ago, the site offers a much quieter alternative to Stonehenge for those looking to celebrate the Winter Solstice. 

Cheap Accommodation

One of the biggest advantages of visiting The Lake District outside the peak season is the choice of accommodation you can find at far more reasonable rates than any other time of year. There is some wonderful accommodation in The Lake District whether you’re looking for a cosy B&B or a luxury hotel and you can find some amazing deals in the winter months.

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