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Our Five Favourite Lake District Winter Walks

Posted on 2nd January 2017 by Peter Durbin

Getting out and about in the wintry countryside is a wonderful way of shaking off the cobwebs of the old year and enjoying the beginnings of the new one. Now January is here there’s no excuse not to get out and enjoy the wonders of the world and very few places in the UK have as much natural beauty as the Lake District. Here we’ve picked out five fantastic Lake District winter walks you should consider if you’re planning to get out and about when staying at our holiday cottages.

1. Orrest Head

Orrest Head is near Windermere and ranks amongst our favourite winter walks Lake District visitors can enjoy because of its historic collections. This walk was the very first famous author (and walker) Alfred Wainwright took in the Lake District and it starts just a few yards from Windermere train station. Simply follow the path up to Orrest Head and enjoy a gentle, manageable incline with some paved areas. At 783-feet tall it provides plenty of views of the area and as you walk there are plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the wintry views.

2. Hoad Monument

Hoad Monument

Ulverston and Morecambe BayUlverston and Morecambe Bay, flickr photo by Bods shared under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license

Hoad Monument is in Ulverston and it stands tall above the town on a fellside. It’s a fascinating 100-foot lighthouse landmark and provides wonderful views back down across Ulverston. As well as Ulverston you can see as far as Morecambe, both its famous beachside and cobbled streets. Well-made paths make travelling up to Hoad Monument very easy and enjoyable and looking out across Morecambe and the surrounding area. The beach, in particular, looks even more atmospheric in the winter months.

3. Grasmere


Around Grasmere Around Grasmere, flickr photo by biggestpaddy shared under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license


Famed as the much-loved home of William Wordsworth, Grasmere looks exceptional even before the daffodils sprout. One of the most iconic lakes of the whole area, it looks simply stunning in the wintry weather and has inspired many others since Wordsworth due to its natural beauty. One of the most enjoyable walks takes you along the western side of the lake, just off Red Bank Road and you can follow it with ease, enjoying the sights and sounds of Grasmere in winter.

4. Latrigg


Latrigg flickr photo by capelle79 shared under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license

Latrigg is an enjoyable walk near Keswick, easily walkable from the centre of the town. It is a short two-and-a-half-mile trek which takes you 950-foot up Latrigg and allows you to enjoy some beautiful views of the area. Of all our Lake District winter walks, this one is one of the easiest but also one of the most enjoyable. There are a couple of harder ascents, to begin with but as you scale them, you’ll hit a gentler enjoyable pace which Wainwright himself described as ‘the easiest of Promenades’. There are clear signposts from the centre of Keswick so you can easily find your way to the path and enjoy this wonderful walk at any time of year.

5. Ruskin’s View

 Kirkby Lonsdale Devils Bridge

Kirkby Lonsdale Devils Bridge #dailyshoot # CumbriaKirkby Lonsdale Devils Bridge #dailyshoot # Cumbria, flickr photo by Leshaines123 shared under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license

Ruskin’s View is a famous walk in Kirkby Lonsdale. Described as one of the best-known views in the whole of England, the walk to Ruskin’s View takes you out over Devi’s Bridge and over the River Lune. Once there you can follow an easily signposted route which ensures you reach the perfect spot for the famous view. Even a scattering of snow makes the picturesque scene even more magical and the scene is famous for once being painted by Turner, a further indicator of just how beautiful it is.

Choosing to enjoy a winter break in the Lake District is a wonderful way of seeing all its beautiful sights and scenery in a new light. The winter walks Lake District visitors can enjoy bring to life some of the most picturesque scenes in the area and give you a chance to see just how much of an impact the seasons have on one of the UK’s most beautiful natural wonders.