Top Tips for a Winter Getaway in the Lake District

Sometimes there is nothing quite like a short break over the winter period to really help you to recharge your batteries and unwind. If you’re looking for somewhere to go,  there is truly nowhere quite like the Lake District for the perfect winter getaway.

With stunning scenery, crisp winter weather, incredible local produce and of course a plentiful supply of all important log fires to ward off the chills there is something for everyone. Here are out top tips for getting the most out of your winter Lake District breaks.


It really is impossible to visit the Lake District without at least going for a short walk to take in the stunning scenery. On a nice frosty day, the ground underfoot should be nice and firm, making it very pleasant for walking. Even in the winter, the landscape of the Lake District is incredible and offers you some really worthwhile vistas that make getting a little chilly very rewarding.

A nice circular walk with well-defined paths is the best option and don’t forget to finish somewhere with a nice little café for a well-deserved warm drink and a slice of cake.


If the weather isn’t great, and unfortunately there are certainly occasions when it might not be (although this isn’t just limited to the Lake District), then there are some great places to indulge in a little retail therapy. Bowness in particular is a haven of small and unusual shops with everything from clothing to jewellery, handmade chocolates to curios. It is a great place to do that last minute Christmas shopping or even get a start on buying for any birthdays that you might have in the New Year.


There are some fantastic museums in the Lake District that also make great places to visit during a winter getaway. The Armitt Museum just outside the centre of Ambleside is one of the smallest and rarest museums in Britain. It is full of interesting exhibits dedicated to the history of the local area and an incredibly interesting place to visit.

No visit to the Lake District is really complete without a visit to Dove Cottage just outside Grasmere. The home of William Wordsworth, Dove Cottage has recently undergone extensive restoration work, and now looks much like it would have done when Wordsworth lived there.

Packing for a Lake District winter getaway

The weather in the Lake District can be rather unpredictable and is prone to more than its fair share of wet weather so with that in mind we have put together a few suggestions of things that you might want to pack for your visit.

Layers are the best option when it comes to keeping warm, whether you are intending to go sightseeing or walking. A thick pair of socks is a must for keeping out the chill and, of course, a hat and a good pair of gloves. If you plan to do any walking you may also want to consider a thermal layer as the wind on some of the fells can really cut through clothing making it seem colder than it is. Also, don’t forget to pack a waterproof coat to help you keep warm and cosy whilst you are outside. Good sturdy shoes for outside are a must, and if you plan to some walking, walking boots are the best choice.

Whilst an umbrella may come in handy if you are planning a shopping trip it isn’t ideal for walking so remember to make sure the coat you pack has a hood.

Finally, with so many great places to eat out in the Lake District you may also want to pack a couple of warmer smart outfits as well.

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