Snow days in Shap


The snow is here and we could not be more excited! It is one of our favourite of weathers and it causes us physical pain to be indoors on days like this.

So what to do on snow days?

First and foremost, you need to assess the situation outside. That means taking your tape measure and realise that it has snowed 4 (four!!) inches overnight. Perfect! Secondly, get that log fire lit even though it’s 7 am in the morning. If there’s two things that go together then it’s snow and a cozy fire. Not literally, obviously.IMG-20180118-WA0003 (1)

Now it’s time to go out. Get on your woolly hat and gloves, get your dogs and head out. You can have heaps of fun playing fetch by throwing your dogs snow balls. The faces of our Tia and Mac when they go for the ball and it disappears… If there’s anyone more excited about snow, it’s definitely them two.

IMG-20180118-WA0003We also thoroughly recommend being the slowest member of your walking party as it is quite handy to then surprise your friends with a well-aimed snow ball in their direction. This suggestion comes with a caution as you might end up having to dodge one flying towards you. Your only hope is that their aim is worse than yours. There’s definitely plenty of ammunition for a good old snow fight!


If you’ve exhausted yourself in the fight and agreed on the peace treaty, it might be a good idea to build a cheeky snow man in commemoration of the lost friendships in the battle. It would be handy if you had a few pieces of coal and a carrot in your pocket to decorate the fellow, but if not, there are plenty of ways to be creative in making the figure.

Everyone knows that you need proper winter equipment to be walking20170224_111401_Richtone(HDR) in snowy winter conditions. Besides the obvious crampons, ice axes and long johns, we suggest taking with you three thermos flasks. One for coffee, one for soup and one for hot Vimto  (other brands are available). If you are not braving through Dry January, a little pocket flask with some home-made sloe gin goes down a treat on a snowy outing.

Obviously there are more things to do in the snow from making snow angels to taking your skis or snowboards up to Yad Moss. But what every you do, at the end of the long and exciting day what waits for you is that cozy log fire in the front room!