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Winter break offers for Lake District, Windermere and Keswick hotels plus more with IKnow-Lakedistrict.co.uk

Posted 6th January 2010.

The picturesque Lake District is one of few places in the UK that never loses its charm all year round. In fact, the winter months bring an almost mystical appeal to the stunning north-west region with fascinating walks and attractions still going strong in January – and IKnow-Lakedistrict.co.uk has all the info you need to plan the perfect Lakes getaway from Ambleside walks to Keswick hotels.

As England’s largest National Park, the area provides the perfect environment for a host of activities from rock climbing and paragliding to more gentler activities such as a boat trip on lake Windermere, England’s longest lake – an Windermere hotels are never short in abundance. Boasting Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain, and Wastwater – England’s deepest lake, ‘The Lakes’ offers some of the UK’s most stunning scenery, inspiring artists such as Turner and Ruskin to some of the country’s best loved writers, such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

With such a wealth of beauty, culture and hospitality it isn’t hard to see why the Lake District remains the perfect setting to explore and enjoy – even in the crisp winter period. If the magical fell walks aren’t your thing, there’s still so much to do outdoors so don’t let the snow put you off!

Lake District hotels feature some fantastic off-season discounts so head to IKnow-Lakedistrict.co.uk for the latest offers and tips on accommodation and attractions.

Here are some great outdoor activities that are just as fun, if not better, in the crisp winter conditions:

Go Ape!
Climb the trees, slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the planks and zip down to the ground! Go Ape!, in the Grizedale Forest, is an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides up to 40 feet up in the trees! Opening in March 2008, the new Go Ape Whinlatter, go on give it a try!

Aquaseiling
Those in search of a serious rush to the head should try aquaseiling – abseiling down a fast-flowing waterfall. Aquaseiling is a sheer adrenalin activity in awesome surroundings and can form part of a longer scrambling journey.

Via Ferrata
At the Honister Slate Mine, high up in the Borrowdale Valley, the new Via Ferrata lets you experience the mountains in a novel way. Secured to a fixed cable, you follow a Victorian miner’s route along the craggy cliff-face of Fleetwith Pike using steel ladders and solid bridges to reach the 2126ft summit, where you can gaze at uninterrupted views.

Ghyll scrambling
Another physically challenging organised activity is ghyll scrambling. Wearing protective clothing, you slide, jump, scramble and slither your way along the course of a stream, tackling all the obstacles you come across. Expect to get wet!

NOTES TO EDITORS 

The iknow-Northwest.co.uk website is part of a larger online consultancy company called iknow-uk.com. 

The firm specialise in rental accommodation, providing a platform for people to advertise their properties to rent across the UK. 

The company’s main Internet advertising websites are iknow-yorkshire.co.uk, iknow-northwest.co.uk, iknow-lakedistrict.co.uk, iknow-devon.co.uk, iknow-cornwall.co.uk and iknow-wales.co.uk. 

The online marketing site is keen to expand their sites, adding iknow-scotland.co.uk, iknow-somerset.co.uk, iknow-dorset.co.uk and iknow-kent.co.uk to their site in the last 12 months.