My favourite winter walk: Braithwaite to Grisedale Pike

Lancaster-based Tim Bell, shares one of his favourite Winter Walks.

Leaving Grisedale Pike

Leaving Grisedale Pike

Personally, I’ve always preferred the winter for heading up into the Cumbrian fells. Before heading out the door with the courteous “see you later, I’m off for a walk”. As the front door closes behind me, the inevitable “OK, But Be Careful” advice is offered emphatically from upstairs.

I am prepared. I’ve done the right courses, listened to the instructors, bought the right equipment and am now able to confidently and safely reap the benefits of a Lakeland Winter.

Before I tempt you further, be sure to read my previous blog: 3 Essentials to remember when winter walking in the Lake District. Continue reading

3 Essentials to remember when winter walking in the Lake District

Keen fell-walker Tim Bell, explains why there’s plenty to consider before heading up the Lake District Mountains this winter.

Personally, I’ve always preferred the colder months for heading up into the Cumbrian fells. My friends and family still look at me in a baffled way when, on a cold, bleak winters morning, I’m up before the day breaks, preparing a big flask of soup, before heading out the door with the courteous “see you later, I’m off for a walk”. As I close the front door behind me, the inevitable “OK, But Be Careful” advice is offered emphatically from upstairs.

Snow Topped Lake District Fells

Snow Topped Lake District Fells

And “Careful” I will be. For I know all too well the dangers that those picture-perfect, snow-capped mountains can hide. They might be beautiful and hugely alluring with a crisp, white coat, but head into them without the right preparation and your day might not turn out as planned!

Now don’t get me wrong. It’s not my intention to paint a picture of danger and inevitable doom. By following a few simple pointers, you can achieve the right balance of a safe and rewarding day out in the fells. Continue reading

A Winter Wonderland

The Lake District and North Lancashire have recently enjoyed snowfall over the past week creating a stunning winter wonderland. Many guests are enjoying winter walks, sledging in the nearby hills and fells and some beautiful photo opportunities.

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With a fine selection of hotels in the heart of the Lake District and two hotels in north Lancashire with the Trough of Bowland, Lune Valley and Morecambe Bay on the doorsteps; now is the perfect time to come and admire the beauty of the surrounding snow dusted landscapes. Enjoy the snow while it lasts - especially since we have put together a great selection of 2 night January Super Saver offers with prices starting from £89.00 per person for a two night bed and full English breakfast stay with dinner included on the first night. For more information visit our special package deals.

Hazy snowy view

Snowy view towards Haweswater

Snowy view to Haweswater and High Street

Lone walker on Knipe Scar

Lancaster castle snow

Morecambe Snow 2009

Morecambe Snow 2009

Morecambe Snow 2009

Many thanks to Adam Stephenson Photography, Chris Cant and Campdavemorecambe for allowing us to share a selecetion of the above photos.