Outdoor Winter Activities In The Lake District

With the weather turning colder, you might be hankering after staying in and protecting yourself from the elements, but if you’re looking for a trip to the Lake District this winter (and who wouldn’t be, it’s the perfect all-weather destination?!) then look no further for some outdoor winter activities in the Lake District this winter! (Remember I went on a trip to the Peak District a couple of weeks ago… this is just next door!)

Now, we know it rains a lot, The Lake District is close the sea which means it has milder winters and cooler summers than other areas of England, and on average it rains about 200 days of the year – but don’t let the wet weather stop you from getting outdoors! With the right equipment (a quality rain jacket and some wellies) you will be ready to go, and we all know a crisp winters day is the perfect chance for us to get outdoors.

Take a Hike!

One of the best activities available to people the Lake District is the abundance of hikes that it offers, the outdoors is free too so you can take a good long walk and enjoy the breath taking and dramatic views that certain areas have to offer.

Don’t be intimidated by the thought of a ‘hike’ either, depending on your abilities will determine the walk you can do, we have listed a couple of our favourites (with varying difficulties) below:

Latrigg (Distance: 1.5 miles)

Starting in Applethwaite, a circuit of Latrigg is the perfect walk for the entire family. Covering a distance of 1.5 miles and taking around an hour to complete the walk, you can park your car at the top of Applethwaite Lane with the walk around the top of Latrigg providing great views of the Keswick and Skiddaw areas.

(View of Keswick from Latrigg)

(View of Keswick from Latrigg)

Hawkshead to Windermere (Distance: 5.5 miles)

The village of Hawkshead is the perfect destination in The Lake District at any time of the year, and starting a hike from this destination will give you breath-taking views of Windermere that can’t be rivalled. This walk is over low fells and woodland, and is perhaps one of the little trickier walks to undertake with steep descents in certain places, but this is a day’s activity that you won’t regret doing!

Sky Gazing

Don’t forget your binoculars for this one, sky gazing in the late evening when the night’s draw in is a perfect activity. It’s recommended to go when the moon is in its minimal phases, but some research can easily show you when this will be when you want to go. In Sizergh, the best place to spot some meteor showers is Church Fell with the Leonids occurring mid-November each year. You can also spot a few planets, including Jupiter!

Sky Gazing

Castlerigg Stone Circle

At Castlerigg Stone circle you can discover the heritage of the Lake District and enjoy spectacular views of Helvellyn and High Seat Mountain it is a great day out for the whole family to enjoy, especially on a crisp winters day.

(Castlerigg Stone Circle)

(Castlerigg Stone Circle)


What better time of year to try out skiing? There are a number of areas around the Lake District that offer skiing, for professionals, and beginners looking for lessons. The snowfall in The Lake District offers the perfect climate to try out skiing, with plenty of snowfall over the winter months!


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