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21st January 2019
As we have been home to the Lake District for over 60 years, we’d like to think we know a thing or two about our local scenery and the best places to explore. And aside from our Lake District heart we have 15 stores in various picturesque towns across the UK. Our Lakeland team has given us some of the best winter walks in their town… so wrap up warm, put on your favourite winter coat and head for the outdoors.
“One of thirteen national trails in England, 87 miles of recreation route takes you through some of the most scenic landscapes in the country, which passes through many important archaeological and wildlife sites along the way. It starts at Overton Hill in Avebury and ends at Ivinghoe Beacon, Buckinghamshire and is described as Britain's oldest road. Walking the entire road at once would take 5 days, which I wouldn’t recommend(!) but would be bliss when you think of all that peace and quiet along the way, just all the birdsong, grazing cattle and stunning views.”
Shana, Store Manager, Lakeland Leather Swindon
2. Latrigg, Keswick, The Lake District
“If you fancy a fairly gentle walk with spectacular views as a reward then head for Latrigg, just a short distance from Keswick town centre. A mere 1,203 feet high, your meander will take you through mixed woods, where you might catch a glimpse of the shy jay or even spot a hare. A broad path then takes you through grassland closely grazed by hardy sheep. Now, if you are lucky, you will see the buzzards which you might have heard earlier mewing above the trees. On the ascent, the views, seen over your shoulder, are outstanding across to Bassenthwaite Lake, Skiddaw and Whinlatter. At the top a broad vista sweeps from the Borrowdale valley across Derwentwater and towards the west. A must-do walk if you’re visiting Keswick."
Bridget, Store Manager, Lakeland Leather Keswick
3. Beverley, Yorkshire
“Beverley is a wonderful place to explore and is steeped in history. There's nothing better than taking a gentle stroll across The Westwood, an ideal place for family activities. Here you can take in the racecourse or simply relax and take in the views of the green pastures. From here you can go on to explore the town centre itself, full of historic architecture, St Mary’s church & the magnificent Beverley Minster. Beverley also has a fabulous selection of restaurants, cafes and historical pubs. The White Horse Inn, otherwise known as "Nellies" which still has its original features, including gas lights & chandeliers, is my favourite. A perfect winter day out!”
Lana, Store Manager, Lakeland Leather Beverley
4. Glastonbury Tor, Street, Somerset
“Living in Street I am always pulled towards the nearby Glastonbury area, full of mystery and historic legends. My favourite walk is up the Tor. Wrapping up warm and taking a brisk walk on a cold and frosty morning. The view from the top is amazing, and on a clear day you have a 360 degree view of the countryside across three counties. It can be a hard climb but well worth it. Coming down is much easier and you can take in the wildlife, plenty of rabbits, birds (and butterflies in the summer), and enjoy the stunning countryside meadows on the way.”
Sue, Assistant Store Manager, Lakeland Leather Street
5. Bowness, The Lake District
“This is a walk I do regularly in Bowness to simply see the views and wildlife that we are known for best in the Lakes. I walk Post Knott, a short but steep climb with amazing views of Lake Windermere, streams, woodlands, birds and wildlife and end the walk at the Brown Horse Pub for a lovely lunch and well deserved glass of wine. Simple but spectacular.”
Pam, Store Assistant, Lakeland Leather Bowness