Friday, 8 January 2010
Lakeland in winter can be a magical place. Crystal clear air, deep blue skies and views that go on for ever. Snow covered mountains stretch away into the distance and ice cold, mirror like lakes reflect the picture perfect alpine scene.
Gardens silently rest under their snowy mantle, a glittering dusting of white transforming them into sparkling wonderlands.
Too cold to sit and stare too long, this is the time for warming brisk walks, sledging or building snowmen!
Levens Park in the south of the county is the perfect, easily accessible, low level destination... Public footpaths follow the River Kent through its idyllic valley setting. Every turn and rise opening up new views. Rocky outcrops, rolling slopes, sparkling water, woodland scenes and glimpses of distant fells.
Ancient oak trees are scattered throughout this picturesque landscape. Originally enclosed as medieval deer park, its mile long avenue of gnarled and venerable trees marches alongside, following the old carriage drive to Levens Hall.
Rare breed ‘Bagot Goats’ and a herd of unusual ‘Black’ Fallow Deer wander at will here. Sharp eyed observers will also see many species of birds on the wing, amongst scrub, or at the water’s edge.
As Cumbrian gardens slumber under their snowy blankets, dreaming of a wonderfully warm spring and summer to come. It is good to explore and enjoy some of the county’s finest parklands and footpaths.
The Lake District in winter... Cold, bright, clear days - perfect for a warming walks and a breath of crisp, clean air.