Winter in the Lakes

I thought I would share some photos with you of winter in the Lakes. We have lived here for slightly over 10 years now, and there is not as much snowfall as what the general public seems to think we receive. In 2002 and 2003, I remember only a day’s snowfall, both on 31st December. However, we did get snow in March one year.

Hand and shoe print in Cumbrian snow. (Photo by Andrew Heptinstall, courtesy of

Then for two consecutive years the whole of the UK experienced terribly cold spells around Christmas and New Year. I remember our kids being quite delighted indeed, going sledging and throwing snowballs. For the first time, Hubby and I tried out a facility in our vehicle: we put it into the four-wheel drive differential gear and allowed it to drive itself downhill! Other than that, the convenience of having everything located so closely to the guest house meant that we could walk everywhere.

Winter in the Lakes is beautiful. The glint of sunshine on white snow or frost makes everything glitter and come alive. The cruises still operate on Lake Windermere, and it must be quite a treat to see Bowness from the water, with its cape of frost and snow decorating age old homes and buildings.

Small towns and villages look ever so picturesque covered in pristine snow before the gritters arrive. I enjoy walking in crisp new snow. Actually, I love the sight of it more before I have stepped into it, because my footsteps would seem to defile this immaculate blanket.

A pretty snow-covered country scene in the Lake District. (Photo by Andrew Heptinstall, courtesy of

Of course Bowness, like other inhabited places of business and abode, functions as normal despite winter snaps. It is not unusual to see visitors dressed up warmly as they window shop for lovely things to buy on Bowness high street. Cafes and restaurants do good business as people go in for hot drinks and meals. And despite frosty roads, even our milkman manages to take his milk float around his customers to deliver eggs, milk, juice, cream, potatoes, dog food, and everything else that he sells!

Walking and climbing shops abound in the Lakes. Shopping for warm clothing and accessories is a fun experience for many visitors. ((Photo by Dave willis, courtesy of

I prefer a dry snowy winter to a wet rainy one. Most people that I meet do not seem to like snow, but I like the whiteness of it because it creates such a lovely glow at night, particularly when the moon and stars are shining. For visitors who wish to visit the Lake District in winter, it is best to come prepared with both dry and wet weather gear.

Bright winter sunshine glistens on the frost that rimes these bare branches at Ullswater. (Photo by Dave Willis, courtesy of

One can never tell what the weather will actually do in the Lakes despite the forecasts. However, if you come to the Lakes with the mindset of enjoying yourself whatever the weather, then the Lake District will reward you with its beauty and peace wherever you roam.

Enjoy a walk by lovely Elterwater, framed here in the background by snow covered mountains. (Photo by Ben Barden, courtesy of

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