06 January 2023

5 Reasons Why You Need to Visit the Lake District This Winter

Just before Christmas I headed off for a family getaway in the Lake District and it was just what we needed! It's been about 4 years since I've been to the Lake District, and we were all excited to spend a long weekend exploring, relaxing and getting in the Christmas Spirit. For many, the Lake District is their go to UK staycation during the summer and I can totally see why. However, it is also a gorgeous place to visit during the winter and colder months. We actually visited both times in December and absolutely loved it! So here's 5 reasons why you should consider visiting the Lake District in the winter:

1. More Affordable

With the beautiful scenery and endless outdoor activities, it's not hard to see why the Lake District is ever so popular in the Summer amongst us Brits. If you're looking to holiday in the UK instead of abroad, it's arguably one of the most popular choices. Thousands visit the Lake District during the summer, taking their Children on family holidays during their summer break from school. Unfortunately this can mean you can usually expect to pay a small fortune when booking as tourists and locals flock to enjoy the UK sunshine. If you're a family with children, then this all adds up and usually it actually ends up being cheaper to book a holiday abroad! 

Well don't worry! You can still visit the Lake District, but why not consider staying in the winter instead? We visited during schools half term, and still only ended up paying around £100 each for a 3 night stay in a luxury holiday park in Ullswater! The prices of accommodation and holiday parks usually dramatically decrease during the winter months as people usually prefer to visit in the Summer.

2. Winter Wonder Walks

We are a family of walkers - border collie and all! Our countryside staycations always consist of at least one big hike out, with a picnic packed, the dog at the ready, and the camera charged to capture those stunning views! And this holiday was no exception. The day we decided to mountain climb there was a dusting of snow covering the floors and trees so the scenery looked like it was straight out of a Hallmark movie!

The craggy peaks, snow-dusted sandstone walls and glittering tarns of the Lake District become even more captivating when covered in a blanket of snow. There are plenty of trails that wind through this picturesque setting so why not take part in this activity while wrapped up warm. Finally, this magical landscape is just itching to be explored all year round, so don’t let a drop in temperature stop you! Their are several walkways and hikes set out by National Parks Lakes Trust (NPLT) meant for hikers and explorers who are happy to adventure out no matter the weather! 

3. To Visit The Christmas Markets

Both times we've visited we've taken a trip into Keswick to potter about the Christmas markets, have a pub lunch and wander around the boutiques and shops. Nothing quite beats sipping on a hot mulled wine or warming mug of cocoa after walking out into the fresh snowy air! There are plenty of pubs and cafes located in the area that offer tasty treats and drinks for visitors to enjoy alongside lake views and local hospitality. If you visit before Christmas take full advantage of the markets and stalls as you'll find some beautiful unique hand crafted gifts to take back home with you!

4. Taking Part in Winter Sports 

For those who want an adrenaline kick during their trip, there is no better way than skiing or snowboarding through some fresh powder! The ski resorts scattered across Cumbria provide ample activities for experienced winter sports enthusiasts as well as learners who can pick up new techniques quickly with expert tuition available onsite.  Or if you're like me and a total newbie, then I have another option for you.. One of the best parts about visiting the Lake District in winter is having the opportunity to go sledging! Don’t forget your thick winter clothes as tackling a sledge down one of the Lake District’s snow-covered hills promises to make you feel like a child again. If you want something a little more relaxing their are various boat trips and boats for hire you can choose!

5. Very Dog Friendly

As I mentioned before, we actually took our border collie with us and it was the perfect trip for her! In the Summer the heat can be too much for dogs to be out all day walking and hiking with you, and they can easily get heat stroke from exhaustion. Taking our dog to the Lake District in the winter worked out perfect for her. 

The temperature wasn't too cold for her, so she spent all day every day out with us! She ventured up mountains, had a doggy pub lunch, and browsed the shops with us! Yep, you can take your dog into most pubs, cafes and shops in Keswick and the surrounding areas. Most locals will have their dogs out with them running errands so the streets are lined with food and water bowls should your pup need a refresh.

How would you spend winter in the Lake District?
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