I have to say I think winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year for visiting the Lakes and taking part in outdoor activities.
Yes, the summer is green and warm and full of birdsong, and days can be spent jumping off rocks into the lake and climbing up waterfalls in the gorges. And yes, you only need to think about having one layer of clothing on – plus a cardigan/brolly just in case, of course. But there is just something about the quiet and the light and the blue of the sky in winter that is truly beautiful.
|View from Lowick School Bunkhouse|
The thing is, though Winter has a reputation for bringing all the bad weather; storms, snow and ice, it also brings with it the clearest crisp still days, snow capped fells and frost covered fields, iced over tarns just asking for a stone to crack through, dramatic skies, and amazing sunsets that leave you with a warm orange glow on your face. And these are all truly wonderful things.
Unfortunately we can’t guarantee the weather, so in order to make sure that whichever activity you choose you are going to be as warm and comfortable as possible, we send out a winter kit list when you book. All the items listed are things that you probably aready have in your winter wardrobe such as thermals, fleeces, hats and gloves, and alongside our provision of all technical kit for activities, these extras should keep you as warm and dry as possible during your activities. We also offer our customers free use of waterproof trousers and jackets if you feel your own won’t be up to the job during the activities.
So with all that in mind, what kind of adventure do you fancy?
|Winter Canoeing on Coniston Water|
|Overlooking Coniston from Parkamoor|
|The top of Raven Crag scramble overlooking Coniston|
|Abseiling into Cathedral Quarry|
So while I’ll concede that it may be a little on the chilly side for most to don a wetsuit and go romping waist high through a half frozen gorge (these guys are seriously hard-core), I hope you can see there are some fantastic activities to chose from throughout the winter months that mean you don’t have to hibernate with the hedgehogs.
|More ice climbing than Gorge Walking for these two!|
|It’s never too cold for a silly pose!|