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A great winter break can be had in the Lake District

It’s true that winter in England can be a dismal affair, with its typically damp and chilly days seeming to go on forever, but if you think that’s all there is, you’re so wrong. A change of scene may not always drive away the gloom, but the Lake District can put a song in your heart at any time of the year.

If you plan to visit this area during the winter months, be sure to bring warm woolies, from socks to hats; it does get cold. However, the sense of magic and adventure that pervades the Lake District seems even stronger and more intense in winter. Perhaps it has to do with the appeal of a cold, exhilarating ramble amongst England’s most beautiful countryside followed immediately by a seat near the fire in a really great pub.

There are a lot of great pubs; for example in Keswick, the Dog and Gun is the quintessential Lake country pub, serving a variety of ales along with delicious food starring Hungarian Goulash. Yes, bring your dog(s) as they are very welcome and will no doubt enjoy the experience as much as you do.

If it’s top-notch fish and chips you’re after, stop in at the Old Keswickian for a warm and memorable lunch or dinner.

In Eskdale, check out the Brook House Inn at Boot for fabulous food, ale and a selection of about 150 malt whiskeys. With advance planning you could even stay overnight in one of seven cosy en-suite bedrooms.

While you’re in the area, you mustn’t miss the Ravensglass and Eskdale Railway,a marvellous little steam train that travels from Ravensglass (the only coastal village in the District) through seven miles of spectacular scenery that’s even more vivid and breathtaking in winter months. Time it right and you can catch the Santa Express; it will be running four times in December this year, but book well in advance.

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