The glow of winter sunlight, sparkling frost on the trees and atmospheric fells quite rightly make the Lake District in winter one of the most romantic destinations in England. Even if the sun doesn't shine there are plenty of cosy pubs and cafes where you warm up next to a roaring open fire with a drink or delicious slice of cake in hand.
As the season to get fit is still upon us, we thought we would share one of our favourite local walks. Dodd Summit sits majestically across Bassenthwaite Lake from us here at the Pheasant Inn and is an ideal walk for winter, taking only 2-3 hours with good paths but has enough of a lung-buster ascent to burn off a few calories and make you feel like it is doing you some good!
Christmas is a time for many traditions such as decorating the tree, hanging up stockings, making (and of course drinking!) mulled wine, giving presents and eating mince pies. One major tradition is the sending of Christmas cards which goes back to the Victorian Era with the first commercial Christmas card appearing in 1843.
For an idyllic pre-Christmas getaway this year, we are offering a special break combining our cosy, picture-perfect setting with the bustling Christmas market in the gem town of Cockermouth close by.