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Taking a New Year Break in the Lake District – Top Sights

Winter is a truly magical season, and the sight of nature covered in a thin layer of frost can make it feel particularly special. When that scenery is the stunning backdrop of the Lake District, there really is no better place to consider taking a break this New Year. 

Whether you have decided to spend more time exploring the wonderful countryside of the Lake District or simply want to get away from for a break after the stresses of Christmas, we have put together a list of the top sights that can help to make Lake District breaks really special. 

Enjoy the Views

When it comes to the top sights to see in the Lake District there is nothing to compare to the breathtaking views. The scenery is beautiful at any time of the year but in winter it takes on a magical quality. So don’t forget to pack some layers and a good sturdy pair of shoes so that you can take in some fresh air.

You don’t have to walk too far to find stunning views, and when you do, remember to capture the moment with some photographs. Before you head off on a walk, and this is particularly important in the winter, remember to check the forecast. Of course, if you need to warm up when you get back to your hotel then this is a great excuse for a big mug of hot chocolate next to a log fire. 

The Lakes

There are 16 bodies of water in the Lake District, collectively referred to as lakes, although only Bassenthwaite is a true lake. However they are one of the main attractions of the area bringing in thousands of visitors every year. They should definitely be on your list of places to see.

You could combine this with a trip on one of the lake cruises, but you will need to check timetables for this. During the winter months, they do not run as frequently as during other times of the year. This is another activity you will also want to wrap up well for as it can get surprisingly cold out on the water.

Historic Houses

The Lake District has much to offer when it comes to heritage and culture, and there are some fantastic historic houses which you should try to make time to visit. 

The first of these is Dove Cottage, just on the outskirts of Grasmere. The former home of William Wordsworth, the world renowned poet, the cottage offers visitors the chance to explore the poet’s life and see some of the sights that inspired him with his poetry. 


Hill Top near Windermere is the perfect destination for art and book lovers. The home of Beatrix Potter, this cottage, which is a National Trust property, is set up much as it would have been when the much loved children’s author lived there, and the garden which featured in several of Ms Potter’s books is also set out for visitors. For those who want to continue their Beatrix Potter journey, The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness on Windermere is another sight to add to the list. 

If you are interested in art, then Brantwood near Coniston should also be on your list. The former home of the artist John Ruskin, the property houses a number of collections linked to the artist. 

Other Local Attractions 

It is always a good idea to have some indoor attractions on any list of top sights so why not consider a tour of the Lakes Distillery? Here you will find out all about the company and how they make their alcohol. If chocolate is more your thing, then head to Grasmere Chocolate Cottage. 

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