Christmas in the Lakes

When it comes to and idyllic English countryside Christmas, you really can’t ask for more than the Lake Dsitrict offers. Waking up to an amazing, frost-rimed view across the valley from Colwith, a hearty Lakeland breakfast, getting wrapped up in woolens for a brisk walk and perhaps a mulled wine at a country pub in the afternoon to warm up.

If the above sounds tempting, here are some great ideas for things to make a Christmas or New YEar break at Colwith extra special.

This helpful list from the Guardian marries the best winter walks with a pub stop. The couple suggested in the Lakes are real winners: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2010/dec/20/pubs-winter-walks-readers-tips

The Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater
www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk has an excellent round up of Lake District Christmas markets, including craft fairs, foodie treats and a big helping of Christmas spirit – bound to get you in the mood for the festive season, and offer the oppertunity for some Christmas shopping: http://www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk/christmas-events-lake-district-cumbria-c975.html#christmas_fayres
Keswick Christmas Shopping - Ref 6179
Christmas lights in Keswick (photo c/o http://www.valcorbettphotography.com)
The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway also runs the wonderful Santa Express, a must for families with young children, and for the big kids too. Take an old fashioned steam train ride through beautiful country side and wait with baited breath for Santa to call at your compartment. Book here: http://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/events/upcoming.php
Ravenglass & Eskdale Santa Express Train in The Lake District.
Santa Express
No visit to the Lakes would be complete without some hearty dining, and at Christmas you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to festive dining. Armathwaite Hall offers an amazing Christmas dining menu, and everything you could wish for by way of log fires and lavish decorations.

Armathwaite Hall (photo c/o http://www.armathwaite-hall.com)

The Plough at Lupton also has a very tempting festive menu: http://www.theploughatlupton.co.uk/contribute_files/PLOUGH_XMAS_001.pdf

And finally, if you’ve indulged in the above you might want a New Year’s Day walk to work it off: http://www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk/woods-tarns-gills-walk-i724.html