Walking 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. From gentle ambles, to more challenging hikes, we've rounded up some of our favourite winter walks. Pull on your boots and step outdoors.

A snowy morning at Sizergh, Cumbria

A winter wildlife walk at Sizergh 

Just five minutes from the M6 and at the gateway to the Lakes, the quiet 1600 acre estate at Sizergh boasts views of Morecambe Bay, the Lakeland Fells and Pennines and is a favourite spot for wildlife. Keep an eye out for fieldfare and redwings feeding on the red berries of hawthorn trees. There's even a hot drink and slice of cake to end the day in the café.

a view down over frosty field and hills, evergreen trees in foreground

Castle Crag from Seatoller scenic route 

Castle Crag was dedicated as a memorial after the First World War. The small peak of Castle Crag stands at the gateway to Borrowdale. Dedicated as a memorial after the First World War, the summit provides great views right down the Borrowdale valley and across Derwentwater. The route from Seatoller, after an initial climb, follows an undulating contour route, meandering back along the banks of the River Derwent.

walkers and bare trees low sun shining on green moss
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A lakeshore amble along Derwent Water  

This easy stroll along the quiet side of Derwent Water takes you through the tranquil parkland at Brandelhow, the birthplace of the National Trust in the Lake District. Beginning at Haws End Jetty, arrive in style by leaving the car in Keswick and catching the Launch to the starting point.

Tarn Hows in winter, showing the Old Man of Coniston dusted in snow
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Tarn Hows Circular Walk 

Soak up some really special views of the Lakeland fells on this easy circular walk for all the family. The route follows a level surfaced path suitable for mobility aids and buggies, with an extension leading up to overlook the Tarn optional. If you're lucky you might spot some fluffy Belted Galloway cows grazing the landscape.

Reflections on Windermere
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Stroll through lakeside pleasure grounds at Fell Foot 

Set on the southern tip of Lake Windermere, this easy stroll around the 18th-century pleasure ground at Fell Foot takes you through a towering pinetum and past historic boathouses. Along the lakeshore path you’ll find amazing winter views up Lake Windermere to the snow-capped fells in Ambleside. 

View of Mickleden and Great Langdale from Side Pike at Sticklebarn
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A gentle walk from the head of Langdale  

Discover the uninhabited valley of Mickleden in Greater Langdale on this easy walk along a level, stony track surrounded by towering peaks to the bottom of two ancient mountain passes A great walk for families starting from the ample car park at Old Dungeon Ghyll. Stop by nearby Sticklebarn for hearty meals and light bites to refuel.

Winter in the Lake District, Cumbria

Enjoy the outdoors safely 

Enjoy a great experience in the Lakes by being properly prepared. Checking the weather, carrying the right kit and being confident you have the skills for your planned adventure are just three ways you can enjoy the outdoors safely. Visit Adventure Smart for more tips on how to keep yourself and others safe in the Lakes.