The Lake District is beautiful all year round – and in the winter, it will reward your walking efforts with some stunning scenery. On a peaceful, crisp winter’s day, there’s nothing better than a walk through the quiet countryside – and Windermere has some excellent walking routes to take offering some particularly spectacular views.
Wrap up warm, strap on your walking boots and get out there – it will be well worth the cold to see what the Lake District has to offer and after you can grab a delicious meal at the Urban Food House. Serving everything from Brunch, Lunch, afternoon coffee and cake through to delicious dinners this great Windermere restaurant is the place to start or finish you winter walk.
Winter Walks Windermere
Here are some great walks in the Windermere area that are perfect in the winter:
School Knott – School Knott is worth a visit if you want a great view of Lake Windmere. It’s a small peak that is a bit gentler than some of the other local trails. You can take children here, but be warned, that it does have some steep points nearer the top – so it might be a bit much for little legs. However, it’s a pretty peaceful trail – although it’s popular with locals, it’s not as well-known to tourists. It’s a 5-mile walk and will take around 2 hours.
Orrest Head – This is one of the more popular routes to take. Orrest Head’s summit is pretty easy to reach, and it will give you an absolutely beautiful view of Lake Windermere. On a crisp, sunny winter’s day, this 20-minute walk is well worth it. As well as the lake, you can see Scafell Pike, and a range of other fells if the weather is willing. You can also keep going north to find the beautiful St Catherine’s Woods if you fancy a longer walk.
Brant Fell – If you want a bit more of a challenge, Brant Fell is well worth a visit. With a mixture of woodland and more open spaces, this trail will give you amazing views of the Lake District. You can find it on the fells above Bowness, and it’s not as well-known by tourists, giving you a quieter walk. It takes about two hours to complete this walk – so if you want a good view of the Lakes, this is a good one to try.
Gummer’s How – This is a short walk at 30 minutes, making it great for beginners or families with children. It will give you beautiful views of Newby Bridge and Windermere. You may even be able to see the sea on a sunny day. The walk, through rocky outcrops, is beautiful too – perfect for a winter walk.
Easedale Tarn – This will require going a little further out, but it’s well worth it. Situated in Grasmere, it’s a 6-mile walk, so around 4 hours – so you may want to skip this one if you have little ones. Easedale Tarn is beautiful – it’s a mountain tarn, and you’ll be able to see stunning waterfalls too. If you can get to the summit, you’ll find a beautiful tarn to rest in. You can then cross the tarn on the way down – giving you stunning views along the way.
Wherever you choose to walk in Windermere this Winter, the Urban Food House will be a welcome end to your day, where you can share your stories and get some great food in comfortable modern surroundings.