Winter is here, bringing with it shorter days and evenings drawing in from mid afternoon. Not that we mind at the Pheasant - it's an excuse to light the log fires and curl up on our sofas with a hot drink (or a hot toddy!)
The stunning Lakeland landscapes lure our guests in to the great outdoors whatever the season, so to get the most from winter days we’ve rounded up the best short walks in the area. Set off after breakfast on one of these strolls and you’ll still be back in time for a late lunch in our Bistro:
Friar's Crag and Strandshag Bay, Keswick
This easy walk takes in beautiful sights and landmarks along the way. Start from the car park of Theatre by the Lake and walk along the shores of Derwent Water past the landing stages. You'll soon reach Friar’s Crag, a wooded outcrop which Victorian art critic John Ruskin described as ‘one of the three most beautiful scenes in Europe’. There’s a memorial stone dedicated to Ruskin along the walk and continuing on to Strandshag Bay you’ll get great views of Cat Bells, Causey Pike and Derwent Isle.
Black Crag, Coniston
Black Crag is a lovely two-mile hike up a fell that’s small in height but big on dramatic views. Start at the roadside parking near the Drunken Duck pub and stomp through woods and a conifer plantation before reaching the stunning summit. Here you’ll catch 360degree views of the Langdale and Coniston fells and Windermere to the east. While not too challenging, this walk isn’t accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs due to the steep ascent after the woods.
Sale Fell, Bassenthwaite
Proof that not all Lake District fell walks take up a whole day. Sale Fell has glorious views over Bassenthwaite Lake and over to the Skiddaw range, and even as far afield as the Solway Firth and southern Scotland. It also has the added bonus of being minutes from The Pheasant! Park near St Margaret’s Church and stroll along the two mile route through Chapel Wood – you can then choose to head up to the summit, or take the lower route around Sale Fell which is slightly less challenging.
Castlehead viewpoint, Keswick
A great way to spend an hour after a morning’s browsing in Keswick. This circular walk sets off from Moot Hall in the town centre, head past the George Hotel and turn right on to Springs Road then on to the footpath which leads to the woods. The walk takes you up to the summit of Castlehead, a low wooded hill only 162metres high but with amazing views – there’s even a dial pointing out 30 fells that you can spot from the viewpoint.
Winter is arguably one of the best times to visit the Lake District if you want to avoid the seasonal crowds, and these walks will help you get your bearings and give you a glimpse of the region’s famous natural landmarks. Call our reception team on 017687 76234 to book your winter stay at The Pheasant.