7 amazing reasons to visit the Lake District this winter

Thursday 01 January 1970

Don’t let the winter stop you from enjoying the beauty of the Lake District, the UK’s largest national park. From cosy country pubs to creative chocolate workshops Here’s why you should visit the Lake District during the colder months.

1. The best of British cuisine

Chef plating up

If you’re looking for the crème de la crème of fine dining head to Cumbria. The Lake District, boasts an impressive four Michelin star restaurants. Choose from the HRiSHi at Gilpin Hotel, Forest Side and two restaurants from Simon Rogan, L’Enclume and Rogan & Co in Cartmel. The Lake District is a must for gourmands. 

2. Invigorating winter walks

Two women and a child walking in the Lake District

From hardcore treks to peaceful strolls, there are plenty of walking trails to suit your mood and ability in the Lake District. Tarn Hows is a great place to start exploring the Lake District. Formerly owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter, Tarn Hows offers an idyllic circular walk suitable for all ages. National Trust trampers, an all-terrain mobility scooter, are available to hire free of charge for use on the circular track.

3.Cosy country pubs

Couple in a cosy pub

With all the beautiful scenery to explore in Cumbria, you’ll need somewhere to rest your weary legs after a long country walk. The county has plenty of cosy, traditional pubs - many serving locally brewed beers. Try the Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater which has its own brewery, Cumbrian Legendary Ales. Another favourite is the Mortal Man situated high in the hills above Windermere offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

4. Gorgeous glamping sites

Couple huddling around a stove in a yurt

Eschew the four walls, and stay somewhere different in the Lake District. Get closer to nature and spend the night in yurt or lodge pod and wake up to the great outdoors. Don’t worry, the pods are insulated and a log burning stove will keep your toasty in your yurt.  Check out Grizedale Campsite and Wallsend for alternative accommodation in Cumbria. 

5. Delicious chocolate and prosecco

A tray of chocolate truffles

Embrace all things chocolatey at the Chocolate Factory Hawkshead. Sign up to a truffle making workshop create 14 of your own delicate truffles for you to take home. If your chocolate masterpieces are too irresistible, enjoy them at the factory with a glass or two of complimentary prosecco. 

6. Christmas spirits

Whisky glasses on a oak barrel

If you fancy something stronger than fizzy wine to go with your chocolates, the Lakes Distillery on the shores of Bassenthwaite has got you covered. With an award-winning portfolio of gin, vodka and whisky, you’re bound to find a tipple to suit your taste. After more than two years in making, their very first batch of Lakes Single Malt whisky was auctioned for £900 per bottle in July 2018! If you can’t wait for the next auction, more affordable whiskies are available to buy at the distillery shop.  

7. And the lakes, of course!

Derwent Water, Lake District

A visit to the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without experiencing a lake especially as they take on a magical, ethereal feel during winter. Whether it’s Coniston, Windermere, Ullswater, or Derwentwater you can join a launch or steamer service and take a relaxing, sightseeing cruise on the water. Make sure to wrap up warm!

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