So many visitors flock to the Lake District during the summer months, and it’s no surprise. Soaking up the rolling hills and green fields under summer sun is bliss. But as locals we ask, why not winter? The area is just as beautiful under a blanket of snow and frost, and with frequent crisp mornings and bright blue skies the Lake District really does become a winter wonderland!
We have put together a selection of popular, accessible Lake District walks ideal for enjoying a stunning view on a winter’s day.
A stroll to Scout Scar (photo by Dave Willis)
Scout Scar is a hill west of Kendal that offers fantastic views of the Lyth Valley. It is easily accessible with a gradual gradient footpath all the way. The top is signified by a large shelter locally known as ‘the mushroom’. This is a great place to catch your breath, shelter from the wind and perhaps enjoy a sandwich or two while looking out at the fantastic views of the southern lakes! What is great about this walk is you can get to it on foot walking up from the town, or if you prefer to drive to the base of the walk, there is free scout scar car park nearby.
If you’re up for exploring a little further afield Wansfell Pike in Ambleside is only a short 30 minute scenic drive. It is a short and steep walk with a clear footpath to the summit. This walk is well worth the effort, it offers stunning 360 views of Ambleside, Lake Windermere, the Coniston fells, Fairfield Horseshoe and Red Screes.
If a woodland walk is more your bag, Craggy Wood in the village of Staveley, a brief 15 minute drive from Kendal is the place to go. This ancient woodland is full of oak coppice, oakwood and silver birch trees, a natural adventure playground. It is a great place to take family, and as you stroll through the picturesque woodland, children can enjoy a variety of dens and rope swings.
We’ve not included your favourite? Let us know what you would recommend to our guests and we’ll add it to the list!