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15th November 2020

Winter Lake District Walks

Planning a stay in the Lakes as the colder weather creeps in?

Here are our top 5 winter Lake District walks all within easy distance of Keswick and Windermere and perfect for when you book at stay one of our Cumbrian cottages.

Brockhole on Windermere

There’s 30 acres of grounds to explore designed by the famous landscape architect Thomas Mawson and these environmental friendly surroundings offer lots to see and do. With kitchen gardens, wild roses and a flower meadow only some of the highlights, there’s plenty to offer all year round.

Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path

This winding trail through forest and woodland offers a stunning view of the seasons changing colours. Access Brundholme Woods, following Brundholme Road up to Latrigg and then through to Threlkeld, with the option of a circular route back to Keswick. The bridges you cross were extensively damaged during the floods of 2015, but recent repair work has now made it the perfect place to follow the fast flowing rivers.

Rosthwaite Circular Walk

Not far from Keswick is a trail that will take you to Millican Dalton’s cave and on a brisk winter afternoon, will give you a small taste of his way of life – having lived in the rockface dwelling from the 1920’s for almost 50 years. But not as a hermit; as he regularly took walkers and climbers on guided tours of the local area. This gentle stroll takes you along the riverside and offers the option of heading to Castle Crag for some spectacular views.


Visit England’s only mountain forest is in all it’s glory year round. There are a few trails, but the Seat How Summit is a strenuous stroll that will reward you with fabulous vistas of Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake and the Helvellyn and Skiddaw mountain ranges, which include some of the UK’s highest peaks. A short 15-minute drive from Keswick, Winlatter Forest is one of our favourite places to enjoy winter Lake District walks for all abilities.

Millerground and Adelaide Hill

This short stroll is great on one of Cumbria’s clear and crisp afternoons and perfect for all the family. Pack a picnic and spend some time taking in the view over Windermere (once you’ve made it up the small Adelaide Hill) or pick a spot overlooking one of many waterfalls, which are wonderful after a rainstorm.

If you join us for a stay in one of our Cumbrian cottages during the winter months, be sure to keep these walks across the Lake District in mind.

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