5 of The Best Winter Walks in the Lake District
Although stunning all year round, the Lake District is often at its most dramatic and wildly beautiful in the winter months. When the soaring peaks are covered in deep snow it can be very tempting to go exploring but unless you’re experienced in winter skills, it’s best to leave it to the experts.
This is why I’ve put together a few of the best low level winter walks in the Lake District for anyone less confident. You don’t always have to go high for big views!
Low Level Winter Walks in the Lake District
Overlooking the market town of Keswick, Latrigg is one of the lowest Lake District fells standing at a modest 368m. Nestled at the foot of Skiddaw, Latrigg rewards a short walk with far-stretching views across the town and Derwentwater.
Beginning from Spooney Green Lane in Keswick, this straightforward route lets you circle the summit and soak up the panoramas. Alternatively, you can take the more accessible route from Gale Road car park.
If you’d like to gain more experience on the fells, take a look at some of the mountain skills courses we offer.
Hugged on all sides by imposing peaks and the iconic Langdale Pikes, Great Langdale has a reputation for drama and adventure. So even when you stay close to the ground, you’re surrounded by nature’s most impressive handiwork.
Set off from Chapel Stile along the Cumbrian Way where you’ll follow Great Langdale Beck, then head through the valley and Baysbrown Wood back to your starting point.
Lying beneath the gaze of the peaks that make up the Kentmere Horseshoe, Kentmere Reservoir makes the perfect destination for low level winter walks in the Lake District. Park up at the Kentmere Institute and follow the signposted footpath to the reservoir.
You’ll walk through fields criss-crossed with stone walls until you meet the narrow tarmac road which leads you to the reservoir. As well as boasting incredible fell scenery interspersed with waterfalls, there are various species of bird to look out for.
The Ullswater Way
Covering 20 miles around the second largest water in the Lake District, the Ullswater Way offers incredible shoreside scenery. But the best bit is, you don’t have to walk the entire way and you can choose your route to suit your level of ability.
Perhaps tackle a smaller chunk of the walk and combine it with a boat trip across the lake or a mooch around one of the towns or villages such as Pooley Bridge or Glenridding.
Just under 5 miles, the circular route around Buttermere water is a fairly easy and relaxed low level walk. There are car parks at either end of the lake and you can choose which direction to take.
You’ll be surrounded by some of the Lake District’s most iconic fells such as Haystacks, Red Pike, and High Stile. Pass waterfalls and woodlands as you take in the natural beauty and tranquility of the lake itself on one of the best Lake District winter walks.