Grasmere is known for its beautiful lake, rolling hills and quaint village charm. But it also boasts another claim to fame – it has links with poets William and Dorothy Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere. They felt it was “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found.” And while summer may draw the crowds, nothing is more beautiful than uncrowded streets, the chilly beauty of the colder months, and the pleasures of the local Grasmere area during winter.
Winter Wonderland Views
Summer sights in the Lake District are breathtakingly unique, but winter is something truly special, especially around smaller lakes like Grasmere, where the wild areas and lack of lake traffic are preserved. Nothing beats a wintery landscape dusted with snow in which the world seems to fall silent. It’s truly magical to experience and be a part of the stillness, soaking in the magnificence of nature. Even without the snow, ice-crackling grass with icicles clinging to tree leaves evokes the same wonder with frozen lake fringes, towering hills reflecting in the motionless water, and calm all around.
There’s nothing nicer than exploring that landscape with a winter walk, discovering new paths and maybe even spotting a sleepy animal or two. There are so many great circular walks around Grasmere – why not take a loop around the lake? Or, for a more adventurous trek, try the Grasmere and Helm Crag Circular or the direct Grasmere to Ambleside Coffin Route. No matter your route, visit the Lake District site for year-round safety tips.
Victorian cook Sarah Nelson invented Grasmere Gingerbread in 1854, introducing this unique, spicy-sweet treat to the world. Its reputation quickly spread, and now it’s known around the world. Today, the business is run by third-generation Joanne and Andrew Hunter, with The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop selling award-winning rum butter and various ginger-themed food and drink. Think toffee, fudge, chocolate, conserve, ginger beer, gifts, and more. So pop in for a sweet treat to warm you up.
Grasmere Offers Quiet Streets and Attractive Accommodation
There are few things better on a cold day than cosying up in a traditional Grasmere Pub or Tearoom with tasty food and drink. Some have roaring fires, comfy chairs, and hidden nooks for those who want to while away the time in the warmth. There are also many great Grasemere accommodation options for winter, with the average cost often lower in the cooler months while offering inclusions galore. For a gorgeous winter getaway, consider the Victorian House Hotel, which provides family, dog-friendly, and stargazer escapes.
Ah stargazing! Can you think of anything better on a chilly night than enjoying the clarity of the stars while being all bundled up, hot drink in hand? Soak up the Cumbrian night sky delights with the Victorian House stargazing experience, which will help you explore the winter sky and constellations.
Grasmere is genuinely one of the Lake District jewels worth exploring day and night. For more information on what to do or see during your time in Grasmere, visit https://www.visitlakedistrict.com.