Winter break in the Lake District 

Winter break in the Lake District 

Last weekend began with a 4am alarm on Friday morning. Why is it whenever you are getting up for something other than work it’s far easier, no matter what the time is! The early alarm call was necessary as we had a 5 hours drive ahead of us to reach the Lake District. I was excited to getaway in January as December was rather hectic, fun but busy.

The Lake District is usually a summer destination for most, I’ve visited several times and always been quite lucky with the weather. It’s not unusual to see all four seasons in one day in the lakes so I count myself very lucky! But the lakes are still so beautiful in winter, snow topped mountains, frosty fields and bright blue skies, sometimes.

For 2 nights we were making Merewood Country House our retreat and it was perfect. Set on 20 acres of private land overlooking Lake Windermere, this 19th century house couldn’t have made a better base. Friendly staff and roaring log fires in every room instantly made a relaxed and cosy setting.

Friday was due to be the best day so we arrived and got our walking boots out straight away. Heading on a 4 mile walk to Aira Force waterfall and Gowbarrow Fells which have a beautiful panorama view of Ullswater lake.

After a lovely but chilly and rather windy walk, it was good to be back on flat-ish land again. Before checking into Merewood we stopped off at St Patricks Bay on Ullswater, overlooking Place Fell to admire some more of the stunning views.

By the time we got to the hotel it was getting dark so there was not enough time for any other outdoor excursions. We checked in, dumped our bags and freshened up before going downstairs and finding the most cosy spot in the place. We were set for the evening!

After one of the most relaxing and refreshing sleeps ever, we made our way to breakfast to refuel and plan the day. Saturday was not so nice weather wise, the well known drizzle and grey sky was back but that was not going to discourage us from enjoying a little of the outdoors. We planned a 6 mile walk through Grizedale Forest to Force Falls. Our logic was that we would be a little sheltered from the rain in the woods!

Although the nearly 4 hour walk was extremely wet and it rained continuously, I really enjoyed it. The woods were stunning and the sculptures were a little different to see. Not only that, but we didn’t see a single other person on our entire walk. That’s one of the benefits of visiting the Lake District in the off season I guess. We got back to the car feeling so tranquil and refreshed. Both of us work/live in London so sometimes it’s good to escape the city and have some fresh air, especially at the moment with pollution levels being so high.

We got back in the car and drove to Keswick for lunch in one of our favourite pubs – The Royal Oak. We had definitely worked up an appetite and needed a well deserved lunch.

For the rest of the day we went back to Merewood hotel and relaxed. First point of call was the bath! I was looking forward to filling the bath with bubbles and warming up after being in the rain all day. Then it was downstairs to our favourite spot by the fire again. It was a truly peaceful break and Merewood was so relaxing. Evenings filled with leisurely dinners, drinks by the fire and a board game or two. I’m proud to say I am still reigning champion of scrabble, however hard Tom tried to win 🙂

I hope you liked reading this post, if you are thinking of a winter getaway I couldn’t recommend the Lake District and Merewood hotel any more! It was one of the most relaxing breaks I’ve ever had and I came back feeling completely refreshed.



    • Holly
      06/02/2017 / 8:24 am

      Isn’t it beautiful! It was a fantastic trip, thanks Lauren x

  1. Terri
    05/02/2017 / 8:31 pm

    I love the Lake District! I’ve only been in the summer but it looks so magical in winter!

    Terri x

    • Holly
      06/02/2017 / 8:25 am

      I would highly recommend going in winter Terri! If you ever get the chance you definitely should 🙂 x

  2. 05/02/2017 / 9:04 pm

    I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to the Lake District! Your hotel looked so cosy and lovely and I LOVE your photos!

    • Holly
      06/02/2017 / 8:31 am

      Thanks Jodie! You should definitely escape to the Lake District if you get the chance x

  3. 06/02/2017 / 5:22 pm

    I absolutely love the Lake District my other half and I always go to bowness on Windermere and day trip into Ambleside. I can’t even put into words how beautiful it can be there 💖

    • Holly
      07/02/2017 / 10:01 am

      I know! It is so beautiful, I wish it wasn’t so far away from me!! x

  4. Charlotte
    06/02/2017 / 5:25 pm

    I love the Lake District too! Such a beautiful place to visit, even in the rain. It must have been nice without a lot of people around so you could really appreciate the walk and the views. Lovely post and lovely photos too!xx

    • Holly
      07/02/2017 / 10:03 am

      Thanks Charlotte! Glad you like it!! It was so lovely but a little spooky sometimes with no one around xx

  5. 06/02/2017 / 5:38 pm

    First of all – THAT SHEEP IS ADORABLE! I loved the Lake District when I went with the school when I was 12, but I haven’t been since. Would really love to go now in the autumn and winter to appreciate it fully <3 your photos are stunning and it seems like you had such a lovely break, thanks for sharing 🙂 xx

    • Holly
      07/02/2017 / 10:04 am

      Hi Sophie, glad you like it 🙂 made me smile! You need to go back and experience it again!! xx

  6. 06/02/2017 / 5:54 pm

    That sheep in the very last photo made me so happy! The Lake District looks stunning, and pub lunches are the best! Even though Saturday’s weather wasn’t ideal, it looks like you still saw some absolutely gorgeous landscapes and had a lovely time!


    • Holly
      07/02/2017 / 10:05 am

      Glad you like it Emily! Made me smile too 🙂 It was such a nice break, I’d recommend it to anyone xx

  7. 06/02/2017 / 6:09 pm

    Hi, scrabble and wine by the fire after a days walking, perfect. Oh and that sheep looks a tad naughty 😊, Chloe #TeacupClub

    • Holly
      07/02/2017 / 10:06 am

      Hi Chloe, thanks for your comment! I don’t think the sheep appreciated me taking it’s picture 🙂 Snuggling by the fire and playing board games was the perfect way to spend the evenings xx

    • Holly
      07/02/2017 / 10:07 am

      Thanks Chelsea!! It is so beautiful, where did you stay? xx

  8. 07/02/2017 / 4:58 am

    Aw, the sheep is adorable! And wow! Your photos are all incredible. Despite it being the offseason, it looked like the perfect time to go. The woods looked magical and your hotel looked so incredibly cozy! Fabulous post!


    • Holly
      07/02/2017 / 10:09 am

      Thanks Lindsey, glad you like it! The sheep made me smile 🙂 It was the first time I had been in off season and I loved it! Would definitely go again xx

  9. 08/02/2017 / 7:42 am

    I absolutely love the Lake District – it’s just so gorgeous but I agree it is quite a trek (and always seem to be raining when I do go). When I last visited I didn’t really appreciate how beautiful it is, and these photos makes me want to go there again…

    Have you ever been to the Peak District? It’s equally as beautiful and I would definitely recommend it if you like walking!

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