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Ten reasons to visit The Lake District, Cumbria this winter

Winter in Cumbria is truly beautiful. With the return of our winter visitors rewards card, Love Cumbria, giving you access to loads of special offers and discounts in the county, there is no better time to visit!
Tarn Hows

1. The Lake District, Cumbria now boasts a fantastic collection of Michelin star restaurants.
L’enclume, Forest Side & the Gilpin Hotel all hold the prestigious award further enhancing Cumbria’s abundant food & drink scene. Take a look at what food & drink offers you can claim with you Love Cumbria card HERE!

Herdwick Hogget
2. The Cumbrian Christmas markets.
Both Windermere and Penrith are hosting Christmas markets for the second year running in 2017. They are the perfect opportunity to find unique Christmas treats and precious presents or to spoil yourself, helped along by a glass of mulled wine to really get you in to the festive mood.
- Christmas in Penrith: From Sat 25th November
- Windermere Christmas celebration: Sat 9th - Sun 10th December
Enjoy The Northern Lights
3. Take a tour around a Distillery. 
The Lakes Distillery at Bassenthwaite is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the national park. You can also get 2 for 1 on their distillery tour with your Love Cumbria card, check them out HERE!
The Lakes Distillery
4. Our cosy winter pubs.
In every corner of the county you will find a cosy country pub, with many serving locally brewed beers. Try the Three Shires Inn, Langdale who won the Tourism Pub of the Year award for 2017!
Three Shires Inn
5. Stunning winter walks, which can be accessed by everyone.
Tarn Hows near Coniston was once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter. Now it’s open to the public and offers an idyllic circular walk suitable for young and old. You can also hire National Trust trampers at Tarn Hows, an all-terrain mobility scooter available for use on the circular track, free of charge.
Tarn Hows
6. Glamping is on trend.
In the last five years, alternative accommodation has seen an upturn in bed spaces across Cumbria so there are plenty of options to choose from for your winter staycation. With insulation and electrical sockets, there’s no reason the winter should stop your glamping trip. Take a look!
Castlerigg Campsite
7. Catch a winter event. 
The Cumbrian events calendar is as busy as ever during the winter months so there’s always a show to catch, a fair to enjoy or a market to browse. Check out our winter events HERE!
Winter Droving
8. Indulge in some Cumbrian Culture. 
With the Lake District National Park inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage site this summer for its cultural landscape, you’d be mad to miss out on experiencing our culture for yourself! From ruined & haunted castles to fascinating museums. Your Love Cumbria card can get you 2 for 1 on entry to many of our cultural sites! Check them out HERE!
Theatre by the Lake
9. Take a tour. 
Cumbria is such a massive place and there is so much to see. One of the best ways to see our stunning county is by taking a tour with Mountain Goat Tours. Your Love Cumbria card gives you 10% off their winter ten lakes tour, so you can see 10 of the most beautiful waters & meres in the national park! Take a tour!
Mountain Goat
10. The Lakes – well, obviously. A visit to The Lake District, Cumbria wouldn’t be complete without experiencing a lake. Whether it’s Coniston, Windermere, Ullswater, or Derwentwater you can join a launch or steamer service and take a relaxing, sightseeing cruise on the water.
Winter Wonderland

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