Our Favourite Winter and Festive Walks in the UK

Winter is the perfect time to wrap up warm, throw on some boots and go for an invigorating walk. Blow away the cobwebs along blustery coastal paths, or take a frosty Christmas or Boxing Day stroll. In this article we bring the best walks for the festive period with the family.

East of England

There’s something magical about walking in winter – from hearing the frosty grass crunch under your boots to seeing low-lying mists sweeping along the ground. Whether you’re seeking out winter wildlife at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, scaling the heights of Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire or wandering along Norfolk’s coastline, this is the perfect time to wrap up warm and get outside.

Midlands

When it comes to festive walks, the Midlands have plenty to offer. The Peak District is the perfect playground for anyone in search of slightly more rugged terrain, or the reward of breathtaking views after climbing up a big hill. Don’t worry if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground though, as there are also plenty of gentle routes through historic gardens and countryside to enjoy all across the region.

North of England

Winter is the time to pull on your boots, wrap up warm and head out on a walk. Maybe you’ll get to see the crisp morning mists lying over Derwentwater in the Lake District, spot wildlife on a leisurely stroll around Malham Tarn or breathe in the sea air on the rugged Northumberland coastline.

Northern Ireland

It might be cold outside, but there are still plenty of reasons to head out for a wintery stroll in Northern Ireland. Will you enjoy the salty tang of sea air at Portstewart Strand, clamber to the top of Divis and the Black Mountain or find splashes of colour in the garden at Florence Court? Wherever you go, you’re sure to feel revived after a good walk in the festive fresh air.

South East

There’s no better way to stave off the winter blues than escaping outside for a walk. We’ve got plenty of routes to explore in the South East, so you can wander beside frost-rimmed rivers in London, roam high across the Downs on the Isle of Wight, or wend your way through the trees in the New Forest.

South West

From the windswept clifftops and high moors of Devon and Cornwall to the rolling fields of Somerset, you’ll never be short of new landscapes to explore in the South West. The trails are often quieter in winter too, so why not pull on your walking boots and head out to explore in the crisp fresh air?

Wales

Winter is the best time to see Welsh landscapes at their most dramatic. Adventurous souls can hike their way through mountainous terrain or beside secluded waterfalls, which really come to life after the winter rains. If that sounds a bit too strenuous then you can opt for one of the gentler routes instead, which still offer plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife, enjoy far-reaching views and take some time to unwind.

The British countryside is especially dramatic in winter, and ideal for a walk to blow away the Christmas cobwebs and pubs to thaw your feet in.

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