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Winter in the Lake District

Full of crisp, frosty fell walks, hearty dinner spots and cosy pubs with crackling ires, the Lake District is the place for a bracing, British winter retreat. Use this list to plan out a perfect seasonal holiday.
Rydal Water, near the family home of William Wordsworth
COMPILED BY CATRIONA GREW, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM OLIVER BERRY. PHOTOGRAPHS: MIKE HILTON/500PX, STEWART SMITH/ALAMY

SIGHTS

Brantwood ( brantwood.org.uk; Coniston)

The great 19th-century thinker John Ruskin bought this lakeside house and spent 20 years altering it, championing handmade crafts (he even designed the wallpaper). Look out for his vast shell collection. Highlights include the grand but cosy drawing room, the tome-filled study and the tiny upstairs bedroom decorated with some of his favourite watercolours. Outside the house, 100 hectares of gardens and terraces stretch up the fellside.

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In the January issue… find wintry beauty on a Great Escape to the Czech Republic, going beyond Prague's Old Town in search of less familiar treasures; head out into the hills of eastern Victoria, on the trail of an Australian legend – Ned Kelly; discover a wayward replica of Central Europe in Argentina's Lake District; make your weekend in the Swedish capital a perfect one; experience winter in all its chilly glory with diverse ideas, from Christmas markets to ice-fishing; and much more