What better way to stay active at this time of year than by getting out into the countryside and enjoying a walk through the winter scenery?
The winter gives us a great opportunity to explore some of the fabulous routes available to walkers around the country, and what could be more pleasant than a winter wonderland backdrop for exploring the British countryside? Walking is a great way of getting some moderate exercise – and it’s also a fun way of staying invigorated while burning off some of those post festive season calories.
10. Hyde Park, London
If you’re looking for a refreshing winter walk to get you feeling good, then there’s no need to leave the city. Take a stroll round the serpentine in Hyde Park, taking in some of the sights that one of London’s best-known parks has to offer – including the Italian Garden and the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial Fountain just south of the Serpentine.
9. Blakeney National Nature Reserve, Norfolk
Unspoilt coastline, masses of wildlife, plus some great walking routes – this coastal reserve offers a real British walking treat no matter the season.
8. Riddlesden Ramble, Keighley, West Yorkshire
A pleasant stroll rather than a full-on expedition, this walk takes in some interesting history and provides a welcome diversion for a weekend in the New Year.
7. Mousehole, Cornwall
The harbour at Mousehole is undoubtedly among the most picturesque tourist areas of the UK. And if you want to get a feel for the exquisite surrounding landscape, there are some lovely walking routes nearby. If the weather is clement you could even venture as far up the road as Penzance.
6. White Cliffs of Dover, Kent
Described by the National trust as one of the UK’s “most spectacular natural features”, the White Cliffs also provide one of the most interesting and fun UK walks and the visitor centre is open all year round, save for Christmas eve until Boxing Day.
5. Prawle Point, South Devon
There are a few routes for walking down at this most southerly point of Devon. Rugged, dramatic coastline is what you’ll find here, and probably a fair bit of wind, too.
4. Castle Ward, County Down
One of the most scenic estates in Northern Ireland, Castle Ward offers various walking routes, plus there are also landscaped gardens and the magnificent 18th century Castle Ward mansion to explore too.
3. Hay-on-Wye, Powys
Famous for its literary festival, this scenic part of Wales is also ideal for winter walking, situated as it is within the Brecon Beacons national park area on the east bank of the River Wye.
2. Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh
The backdrop for this walk is one of the UK’s most beautiful cities, and there are some stunning panoramic views as you make your way round the Radical Road that surrounds the crags and Arthur’s Seat. On a clear day, this walk is a real treat.
1. Lake District, Cumbria
Offering a range of different routes, from the easy to the more challenging, the Lake District is unparalleled for natural beauty and dramatic views. With picturesque towns like Ambleside dotted around the lakes, you’ll not have far to look in search of hospitality when the walking day is complete.
About the Author: Jen Jones writes on wellbeing and nutrition topics for a number of websites in the UK and internationally, specialising in general fitness and healthy eating topics.