Winter walks in the Lake District

We can’t think of a better place to take to the fells, paths or lakeshores than here in the heart of the Lake District. Pull on your boots and step outdoors – here are a selection of our favourite walks this season.

Snow capped Skiddaw looking across from Derwentwater
A snow capped view of Skiddaw from Derwentwater in the Lake District National Trust Images / Joe Cornish

Derwentwater and Brandelhow 

If you fancy an easy lakeside amble then this walk is one of our favourites - stroll along spectacular Derwentwater and you'll pass Brandelhow, the birthplace of the National Trust in the Lake District.

Tarn Hows near Coniston, Cumbria
All the family can enjoy walking at Tarn Hows National Trust / Chris Lacey

Tom Gill toTarn Hows  

This one is quite steep - but if you've the energy to make it to Tarn Hows at the top, the return route offers spectacular views of the high fells of Wetherlam and Coniston Old Man.

Visitors in the grounds at Wray Castle, Cumbria
Visitors in the grounds at Wray Castle, Cumbria National Trust Images / Arnhel de Serra

Windermere western shore 

This is a wonderful linear low-level lakeshore walk, through woodland and parkland. It features great views of the islands, interesting woodland archaeology and the Victorian Gothic Wray Castle.

Great Langdale in the Lake District
Langdale National Trust / John Malley

Mickleden Valley trail  

Discover the valley of Mickleden in Great Langdale. This is an easy walk along a stony track, taking you to the bottom of two ancient mountain passes.

The 12th-century church in the hamlet of Isel, Cumbria
This scenic walk through quiet countryside takes in Isel Church Trevor Morgan

Explore from Wordsworth House 

Try this lengthy circular walk from Wordsworth House in Cockermouth – the birthplace and childhood home of poet William Wordsworth. Take in fantastic wintry views. Remember to wear your muddy boots for this one.

Remains of a disused lime kiln, Coniston, Cumbria
Discover good views and rural heritage as you walk through Yewdale National Trust / Sam Stalker

Yewdale Valley 

A great circular route from the centre of Coniston. This route climbs high enough to take in in picturesque views, but it's low-level enough not to be too hard work!