WRAP up warm and be outdoors, is the message from the National Trust team at Fell Foot near Newby Bridge.
Being outside in nature can have a whole host of health benefits, says the conservation charity, who look after the 54 acre parkland on the southern shore of Windermere. It hopes its new winter offer, a pop up canteen, along with a list of things to do in the park will entice people out.
“It can be easier to stay indoors in the chillier, darker months of the year, but it’s really important to get out” said Emily Taylor, the Trust’s Senior Visitor Experience Officer.
“For the first time Fell Foot has a winter café, away from the lake shore and on high ground to escape the annual floods, and visitors can get piping hot drinks, soup, jacket potatoes and one pot meals.
“With the leaves off the trees this is a good opportunity to see new lake views, shapely trees and wildlife including Redwings and Fieldfares.
“People can also get their blood pumping with a self-guided walk, a game of hide and seek in our great big grounds and, for those with under-fives in tow, there’s the play area. Our organised activities include the weekly Saturday 5k parkrun, walks taking in the reed beds and bird life, introductions to volunteering, a hard hat tour and orienteering workshops.
“It’s easy to find excuses to stay indoors at this time of year but it’s definitely worth making the effort to get out to places that are on your doorstep. We are 20 minutes from Milnthorpe, Ulverston and Kendal and 40 minutes from Barrow.
“So, don’t be deterred by winter’s cold, there is still much to see and do” added Emily Taylor.
Dogs are welcome at Fell Foot which is open every day except Christmas day. For more information phone 01539 531273, email [email protected] or visit the Fell Foot page of the National Trust’s website.