Tarn Hows

The Christmas holidays are a lovely time to spend with your family and are a great excuse to get outside and work off those mince pies and extra helpings of roast potatoes! If you want to tire the kids out after all the excitement of Christmas then head for the hills with your turkey sandwiches.

Here are our top four family friendly walks not far from Ambleside.

Discover the tallest trees

This walk is great for little legs as the circular route is just under 1 mile long and on easy terrain. The Champion Tree Trail takes you through Skelghyll Woods in search of some of England’s tallest trees. This walk is also perfect if you like a picnic as there are three benches along the way. Watch out for red squirrels our furry little friends are often on the hunt for lunch although your mince pies should be safe as their favourite snacks are conifer cones.

Miles Without Stiles

There are more than 40 routes now classified as Miles Without Stiles and if you want stunning Lake District scenery without climbing to the top of a mountain then this is the walk for you. Just under 2 miles long the walk around Tarn Hows takes you through pretty woodland with views over to the Coniston hills and Langdale Pikes. As with any good family walk there are plenty of benches and places to picnic (we like a good winter picnic in the Lakes) unfortunately the ice cream van is only there in summer.

Scouting for views

Half an hour drive from Ambleside a walk over Scout Scar near the market town of Kendal is a classic. You can either follow the suggested route or explore the many other paths taking you in every direction. On a clear day from the ‘Mushroom’ viewing point you can see for miles across the fells to Coniston Old Man, Langdales, Kentmere Horseshoe and beyond.

Through the woods you go

Go exploring for bugs, creepy-crawlies and a whole variety of wildlife as you go on your walking adventure through Common Wood and its moss-covered oak trees. Only a small walk of about 1.5 miles but you won’t be short of things to see along the way and as you descend back into Windermere you will be treated to spectacular views over the lake.

Come and enjoy the beautiful Lake District over the Christmas and New Year period, we still have some availability and great offers. Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year from everyone at The Regent Hotel.

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