How to stay safe when walking in the Lake District in winter

Here at the Borrowdale Gates hotel, the Lake District’s incredible national park is just outside the front door. However, you may be somewhat worried about exploring this area of outstanding national beauty during the harsh winter months. After all, you don’t want to get lost during the coldest part of the year or risk slipping on icy paths. But there are ways to manage the slight risks associated with walking in the Lake District during winter. The national park has a crisp beauty during the colder months that you shouldn’t miss out on simply because of cold weather!

1. Safety

The risk of slipping is always present when you go walking in any natural environment during the winter. However, it’s easy to reduce this risk by wearing sensible shoes that are designed to grip the ground effectively. You should also let someone know where you’re going and what time to expect you back, so that if anything does happen, you’ll know someone will come along to help you. Luckily, it’s very unlikely that anything too serious will happen anyway.

2. Navigation

Winter is the worst time of year to get lost, especially in the Lake District: the routes you can walk on are very exposed to the elements. Nonetheless, if you stick to established tracks and take a map with you, you should be able to find your way around perfectly well.

3. Staying warm

You should always dress appropriately when walking or hiking in the Lake District; choose warm, waterproof clothes that can protect you from cold weather and precipitation.

Many people who aren’t experienced hikers worry about walking in the Lake District’s gorgeous national park during winter, but there’s no need for concern. If you follow the advice above, you can explore the area both safely and comfortably. And don’t forget, you’ll be able to return to our warm, luxurious four-star hotel when you’re done!

Are you feeling creative? If so, the Lake District may be the perfect place for you

The Lake District is one of Britain’s most undeniably beautiful and winsome regions. It is therefore hardly surprising that the Lake District has attracted innumerable creative individuals and artists over the years. The poet Coleridge once commented that people ought to view the Lake District “their eyes open, and their hearts awake”.

Throughout the centuries, writers such as Dr John Dalton have tackled the Lake District in verse, while painters such as Joseph Farington and George Beaumont have attempted to capture its beauty and wild power on canvas.

If you consider yourself artistic or creative, you owe it to yourself to come to the Lake District and record its stunning locales and atmosphere in your own way. Whether you practise painting or photography, prose or poetry, the Lake District is guaranteed to inspire you.

Today, you can draw inspiration from nature by visiting the Lake District national park, which is located right outside the gates of our hotel. You can also visit more recent, man-made landmarks (such as the just-opened Lake Distillery) that’s situated in the stunning landscape in a way that they are certain to stir feelings of artistic inspiration.

Of course, when you are done painting, photographing, drawing or writing about the Lake District, you’ll need somewhere to relax and rest. Luckily, we are a 4-star hotel in an excellent location for budding artists, photographers and writers who want the Lake District at their fingertips. So, why not book yourself in? The Lake District is bound to delight and inspire you, and we can guarantee that our accommodation will do the same!

Get the best deal and support Cumbria Air Ambulance with FairBooking

A new scheme called ‘FairBooking’ has recently launched in a bid to increase tourism in different areas across the UK.

Here at Borrowland Gates, we are part of FairBooking Cumbria, promoted by our official Tourist Board Cumbria Tourism. By being part of this initiative, we ensure that our customers secure the best rate to enjoy our 4-star hotel.

The idea is simple. FairBooking directs you to book accommodation directly with us, cutting out the middle man, therefore, ensuring you get the very best deal.

The scheme has many benefits – booking directly with us supports the local economy. You can also be safe in the knowledge that you will get the best possible deal and often something a little extra. The whole experience will be so much more personal!

All the businesses that support FairBooking have also pledged to give money to charitable causes in their local area. Borrowland Gates have chosen the Cumbria Air Ambulance as their charity this year. So not only will you get the best deal to stay here, by booking directly with us you are supporting local businesses as well as the amazing life-saving work carried out by the Air Ambulance. It is a win-win!

By utilising the FairBooking scheme, there has never been a better time to stay with us here in the Lake District. There are so many beautiful sights to explore, and a vast array activates to do such as cycling, golfing bird-watching and hiking. All this while staying in our comfortable and luxurious 4-star hotel and enjoying quality dining in our AA Rosette restaurant.