Despite the winter chill that lingers in the air, there are still plenty of activities for the whole family at Holgates this November - so throw on the layers and get inspired! With six perfect locations throughout North Lancashire and South Cumbria, Holgates lets you make the most of your hiking trip, whichever site you visit.
Which Site is your Perfect Match?
Sandwiched between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, Silver Ridge is perfect for hikers this winter. Visitors to this park can easily access England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, elevated at 978 meters above sea level.
This park is situated in England's smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just a short drive away from Morecambe Bay, where visitors can hike along the beachfront.
Visitors can travel to nearby Ullswater and take a nine-mile hike around the Lake District's second largest lake. Along your hike, you can include a visit to Aira Force, a spectacular waterfall that inspired the works of Wordsworth.
In the surrounding area of Hollins Farm, guests can hike towards the area's historic ruins such as the Elba monument of 1914. Those looking for sporty activities can also enjoy a stroll or a run along the sandy beaches.
Netherback is a great place to rest during your Lakes hiking holiday. The historic city of Kendal is located only 15 miles away and is home to 13th-century parish church, as well as a city museum rich with the Lakes' history.
Far Arnside A peacefully precious landscape in the South Lakes, where a paradise of flora and fauna decorates unique hiking trails of various lengths.
3 of the Best Hikes in the Lake District
All Holgates' locations are only a drive away from these hiking trails. Whichever kind of distance you're looking for, the Lake District has your scenic hike covered:
1. Borger Dalr, Borrowdale (4 miles)
Starting at Grange in Borrowdale and described as "the finest square mile in Lakeland" this trail features Castle Crag, hill fort remains dating back 2,000 years.
2. Corpse Road, Loweswater (3.6 miles)
Starts at Maggie's Bridge car park. Despite its morbid name, this trail guides you around a small lake and through woodlands inhabited by red squirrels.
3. Ash Landing and Claife Heights, Windermere (7.5 miles)
Starts at Ash landing car park. Windermere is bustling with tourists around the cafes and the lake but make your way to Claife Heights on the lake's western shore to find tranquillity and a stunning view of the lake.
Safety Tips for Winter Hikes
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst!
• Weather can sporadically change. Double check weather reports for snow, sleet, hail or fog before starting your hike as these can all limit your visibility.
• Bring plenty of water, fleece and waterproof clothing for all the party. Always pack an abundance of high energy foods, such as bananas and chocolate.
• Never rely on satellite signals, always take a physical map. • In case of emergency, call 999 and request mountain rescue.
Holgates wish you an enjoyable and safe hike!