You may not typically associate the Lake District with winter walks across the fells, but if you enjoy a challenge and want to avoid the summer crowds, winter is a perfect time to visit.

Some of the best winter walks, assuming the weather is dry, include:

Wansfell Pike

This 6 mile walk takes around 4 hours and is of moderate grade. Most people start to explore the Lake District from the southern region, and Ambleside is a great place to start. This fun hike includes the waterfalls of Stock Ghyll Force, Troutbeck and Wansfell Pike, and you can also enjoy beautiful views of Lake Windermere from Jenkin´s Crag.

Grasmere Loop and the Old Coffin Trail

Grasmere is one of the most popular regions of the Lake District, and this easy walk is 3.5 miles and takes approximately 2 hours. This is a popular lakeside trail which follows the shores of Grasmere and Rydal Water, then loops back behind Rydal Mount to St Oswald´s Church.


This difficult ascent involves a long trek to the top of Skiddaw, which is 3,054ft high, and dominates Keswick´s northern skyline. Although the tracks are clearly defined and the drops not too sheer, this is still a challenging hike. The walk is around 8 miles and will take approximately 4 to 5 hours.


This easy walk around Buttermere is 5 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours. Lake Buttermere is situated in the north-western area of the Lake District, and offers a peaceful, easy walking route amid some of the most stunning scenery in the region.

Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, and every year thousands of walkers conquer this challenging peak. The climb is about 7 miles and will take approximately 5 hours, but only attempt it if you are fit and properly equipped as this is a steep climb.

Ullswater and Place Fell

This moderate walk offers a great way to see Ullswater, and the route aims to escape the crowds who flock to this area in summer. You need to be reasonably fit to attempt the walk, as it is 9.5 miles in length, and explores the quieter region around Place Fell and Patterdale. You can also combine your walk with an Ullswater Steamer trip, and enjoy the views from the water.

Winter in Lakeland offers stunning scenery, lake side attractions, bars, restaurants and cafes, plus a wide choice of walks, ranging from easy to challenging. Make the most of your stay and arrange your itinerary before you travel. Find places to visit from a choice of visitor information centres around Windermere and other major towns.

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