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Why The Lake District Is The Place To Be This Winter

Thinking of migrating north for December? Here's why the Lake District should be on your list...

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Christmas is the most magical time of year (so the TV adverts tell us), but there’s no denying that it can be a little stressful.

Trying to make that last minute dash down the high street to buy something for your work Secret Santa the day before its due is a hardship for even the best of us. If you find the consumerism that comes with Christmas a little nauseating, then some time out of the city might do you good.

If you’re wanting to trade busy train platforms and stressful queues in shopping centres, then a tip to the country is a no-brainer. In the UK, there are few areas of countryside as scenic and beautiful at all times of year than the Lake District. This rambler’s paradise in the North West of England has plenty on offer this Christmas. Some things you’d expect, and others a little more surprising. Read on to find out why you should escape here this Christmas.

Hill Walking and Rambling


As mentioned before, the main reason why tourists have been attracted to this part of the UK is because of the fantastic hill walking that’s on offer. As the Lake District is a national park, much of the area has been well conserved, allowing local wildlife to thrive. For those looking to try and reach a summit or two, then the likes of Helvellyn and Scafell Pike are worth a visit. If the weather doesn’t allow for hill walking, there are plenty of other scenic trails in the area that are accessible throughout the year.

Making the most of Local Produce


There are two types of people who enjoy Christmas; those who like the presents, and those who love the food. If you fall into the latter camp, then rest assured that the Lake District won’t leave you disappointed. Throughout the area and in towns like Carlisle and Penrith, there are dozens of quality restaurants offering up the very best in local produce. If you want an altogether more memorable dining experience be sure to have a look at the Christmas banquet being held at Appleby Castle, featuring a 5 course meal, traditional carol, and even a visit from Santa Claus, himself!

Keeping Cosy


The winters in the UK have been a little variable over the last couple of years, though the brutal winter of 2010/2011 shows that things can get quite bad when the snow comes. Heavy snowfall can be bad no matter where you are, but in the countryside you can run the risk of getting cut off altogether. While this might seem like a daunting prospect, you might be lucky enough to be stuck in nice surroundings like the Macdonald Old England hotel in Windermere. Best pick a spot by the fire with some mulled wine and ride the snowy weather out in style.

Dance the Night Away


If your visit to the Lake District is tempered by some wintery spells, don’t worry about running out of things to do, especially if you’ve had your fair share of mulled wines at the aforementioned hotel bar. There is a number of evening events organised in the area throughout December, and if you fancy trading walking boots for dancing shoes, be sure to get a ticket for the big band night at the Rheged Centre in Penrith on the 9th of December. A 17 piece band will be playing a number of swing classics along with Christmas songs and some more contemporary numbers thrown in too.

New Year


December isn’t only home to Christmas, but New Year too. If you want to see the bells come in on the 31st, there’s a few places to go that will give you a warm welcome, even if the weather is chilly. Appleby Castle, home to the aforementioned banquet, is hosting a ticketing event with live music throughout the evening. As well as this, a number of hotels are holding parties along with the usual fireworks and street parties.

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