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Ashness Jetty on Derwentwater with blue sky and the mountains reflected in the lake during winter

February half term in the Lake District is a wonderful time of year. In general, the Lakes are a lot quieter during winter months with less cars on the road and shorter queues to the main attractions. The landscapes are stunning too, with a chance of snow on the fells and beautiful, frozen lakes and frosty mornings to enjoy. If you’re looking to get away during the school holidays, the Lake District would be a great location – read on the find out why!


1. Beautiful winter weather

If you’re spending February half term in the Lake District, be sure to wrap up warm! Marvel at the winter wonderland and enjoy waking up to perfectly still lakes, late sunrises and snow-capped fells. The crisp winter weather can be lovely and refreshing and shows a whole different side to this stunning landscape. A great place to see a winter sunrise is Glencoyne Bay on Ullswater, or enjoy the morning reflections on Derwentwater from Ashness Jetty. Take a look here at our list of facts about the different lakes in the Lake District – how many of these locations are you planning to visit?

Ashness Jetty on Derwent water with blue sky and the mountains reflected in the lake during winter

Ashness Jetty


2. Low level walks

Make the most of the winter weather and take on some fantastic low-level walks, suitable for all the family. Tarn Hows would be a great place to spend February half term in the Lake District – it’s wide paths make it accessible for those in wheelchairs, scooters, or prams. Another great choice would be the woodland walk between Rydal Water and Grasmere where you can look out for wildlife along the way. If you’d like to explore somewhere a little different, why not try the walk from Little Langdale to Cathedral Cave and back again via the historic Slater’s Bridge, finishing off with a hot meal at the Three Shires Inn to warm up!

Slaters Bridge Lake District United Kingdom - traditional stone bridge over a river with green mountains in the background


3. Family activities for rainy days

February half term in the Lake District may see a few rainy days, but that shouldn’t put you off! There’s loads of great indoor activities to keep the whole family entertained. Take a trip to Allan Bank in Grasmere – here you can cosy up by the fire, read a book, play dress up, or watch for red squirrels in the gardens. Brockhole also offers a range of craft activities over February half term, and the Peter Rabbit Tea Parties are back at the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere. Check out our other blog post for more ideas on what to do in the Lake District when it’s raining.


4. Quieter roads

February half term in the Lake District is usually quieter than other school holidays, as many people prefer to travel in the warmer months. This means during the winter you can usually expect quieter roads, less traffic and shorter queues, leaving you with more time to enjoy your holiday!

A591 Road North of Ambleside in England's Lake District. Grazing fields and Cumbria mountains on each side.


5. Great holiday cottages to choose from!

If you’ve not yet booked somewhere to stay for February half term in the Lake District, don’t worry! We still have a great selection of properties to choose from. Whether it’s a family break you’re after, or a romantic getaway for two, our available half term cottages are sure to offer something to please everyone. Browse our selection of lakeside apartments, traditional stone cottages, shepherd’s huts and log cabins and book your dream break for this half term!


Image credits: Alice Wills Photography