Winter walks in the Lakes

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.

Thorneythwaite valley with Thorneythwaite feel on the left, Borrowdale

Thorneythwaite picnic and waterfall walk

Discover a hidden valley and the perfect picnic spot beside a cascading fall

Tarn Hows near Coniston, Cumbria
Walking trail

Tom Gill to Tarn 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
Walking trail

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
Walking trail

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
Walking trail

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. (The house itself is now closed for winter.)

Remains of a disused lime kiln, Coniston, Cumbria
Walking trail

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!