10 Of The Best Winter Walks To Take This Christmas

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  • What better way to burn off all that Christmas dinner than with an afternoon winter walk? So wrap up, pull on your wellies and head out for a stroll.

    Best For Plant-Lovers

    The RHS Rosemoor Garden in Devon has launched a Holly Trail, so you can enjoy this festive plant on a self-guided tour. Enjoy 150 varieties of holly dotted throughout the rolling hills of this garden.

    Best For History Enthusiasts

    The Great Flat Lode Trail in Carn Brea, Cornwall, takes you through derelict engine houses and disused mines so you’ll never be short of sights.

    Best For Wildlife Watching 

    Head to the Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire, to catch a glimpse of the wildlife – such as songbirds and if you’re lucky, kingfishers. Covering four miles in total, this makes for a nice easy stroll.

    Best City Walk

    If the idea of a remote country doesn’t particularly appeal, Cambridge is the place for you. Take a circular route around the city to catch its best spots including of course, Trinity College.

    Best Beach Walk

    Breathe in the fresh sea air and take in the stunning beach views on your winter walk in Balnakeil Bay in Sutherland, Scotland. There’s no better time to enjoy the peace of a seaside setting without the crowds.

    Best Flat Walk

    For those who don’t fancy a strenuous hike, the Richmond to Hampton Court trail is perfect. The route is completely flat and offers a great insight into the quieter parts of London as you meander down the Thames.

    Best Literary Walk

    Why not take a stroll through the fantastical real-life world that inspired The Lord of The Rings? The Tolkien Trail in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire, lets you travel to Sarehole Mill and The Shire Country Park, thought to have inspired the setting of Tolkien’s epic stories.

    Best Festive Walk

    At RHS’ flagship garden Wisley in Surrey, poinsettias form a large Christmas tree and ceilings in the glasshouse are adorned with hanging-moss tinsel. 

    Best For Families

    There’s plenty to entertain kids at The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Arundel, West Sussex. A boat safari, play area and a café are all perfect options to keep the kids happy once you’ve finished walking.

    Best For Romance

    Rushing waterfalls and secluded woodland can be found at Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire, meaning you and your significant other can spend some quality time together in one of the most

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