8 Epic Winter Walks this Festive Season

Georgia Smith5 min readWalking

There's something truly epic about exploring in the great outdoors over the festive period. With food in our bellies, a chill in the air and hopefully snow on the ground, stepping onto your local trail, or planning a trip further afield is the best way to enjoy the festive period. So lace up your hikers, call the family and shake the treat bag at the dog to join us as we share with you some of the best walking areas across each region of the UK this Christmas and New Year.

 

Northern Ireland

The setting for Game of Thrones has the scenery to bring Westeros to life. If you’re a Belfast local then there’s no better place to spend your Christmas afternoon than on the Black Mountain. This 5-mile walk will fill your lungs and unveil panoramic views of the spectacular city. On clear days at the top of the 1,275 foot mountain you can even see Scotland far to the east.

Belfast Black Mountain

 

Scotland

Arthur’s Seat tower's nearly a thousand feet above Edinburgh and the view from the summit shows a view of Edinburgh like no other. It takes a couple of hours to complete the three mile walk, but the long uphill stretches will help you burn of the copious amounts of turkey that you've challenged yourself to eat.

Edinburgh Arthurs Seat

 

Wales

Wales is home to some incredible nature trails, but Great Orme in Llandudno catches the eye for many reasons. The Great Orme is known for being a place of complete mystery; its geological history dates back 350 million years and fossils litter the landscape. Take the kids and see if you can spot any records of ancient flora and fauna. The most popular trail offers two routes depending on your choice of distance. At the most you're facing four miles, so it's perfect for taking little hikers if you can tear them away from their toys.

Llandudno Great Orme

 

North West

The Lake District is every outdoor enthusiast’s dream and it would be sinful to not to allocate our chosen North West walk to the area. Tarn Hows is one of the most visited routes in the Lake District, situated only two miles away from Coniston, and the beauty of this walk is its endless possibilities. Routes are numerous and you will never tire of the changing views. The range of options means you can find a distance that suits you. However most people can get around Tam Hows in a couple of hours. Backlit by waterfalls, wildlife and woodland, it’s the perfect setting for a winter ramble with the family.

Lake District Tarn Hows

 

North East

You’ll find Walbottle and Throckley Dene not far from the urban rush of Newcastle upon Tyne. The ancient woodland has roots stretching back 50 million years and makes for an ideal spot to explore with the family and dog (optional). The walk itself is under five miles but can be challenging if it has rained. Swap the Christmas music for the soundtrack of the flowing river and find some calm amongst the Christmas chaos.

Newcastle

 

The Midlands

Swap one battle (the threat of family board games) for a real historical battlefield. Bosworth Country Park is the site of one of the most significant usurpations in British history, but over the centuries it has become a beautiful setting for a relaxing festive walk. The Park has a wealth of historic value as well as open woodland settings, so it's a great place to let the kids run wild whilst you sneak some learning in under the radar.

Midlands Bosworth Park

 

South West

Cornwall is home to some of the most amazing beaches in the UK, so it would be wrong to not give them a mention. Quiet beaches and impressive coastal scenery make up the Roseland peninsula, known for being one of the few, truly unspoilt areas in the region. Roseland is definitely a gem in the crown of the UK. The picturesque scenes will make you forget all about the seasonal stress and the coastal breezes will be sure to relieve any unwanted post-party hangovers.

Cornwall Roseland

 

South East

Victoria park in South Hackney has 86 hectares just waiting for you to explore. It's known as the People’s park and it lives up to its name. So if you live nearby then get yourself there and check out the incredible setting. There are two playgrounds located on the park which makes it a perfect place to take the kids and let them burn off some steam. For the adults, the incredible Chinese Pagoda creates a stunning backdrop for next year's Christmas cards.

South Hackney

Where will your epic adventures take you this Christmas and New Year? Share your favourite walks in the UK or further afield with us in the comments below or on our social media channels. Looking to spend your Christmas money or didn't get what you want? Order the walking essentials you need to head outdoors this year.

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Georgia is our new grad. Fresh from university and full of a zest for life. She's originally from the Lake District, so naturally, enjoys nothing better than exploring the fells, and pubs, of her favourite park.

Traveling is a huge passion of Georgia's, as is photography follow along as she tries to visit as many countries as possible, all the while capturing the local wildlife and culture with her camera skills. In the past year she has managed to tick off China, Germany, Sweden and France from her long list of places to visit. Only a couple more to go Georgia...

Comments

Rob Thwaites 28-12-18 15:27
Love overview of "8 Walks in Winter Wonderlands." Would it be possible to have details & maps as with "National Walking Month | Our Top 10 Walks in the U.K."
Rob
Georgia 17-01-19 11:14
Hi Rob,
Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed the blog! Unfortunately due to copyright we aren't able to provide any maps, However I have sourced some website links for you which provide details on the walks and some walk route maps. I hope this helps!

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/divis-and-the-black-mountain/trails/black-mountain-walk
https://www.earthtrekkers.com/arthurs-seat-volcano-edinburgh/
https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/OTA5Mzg=
http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/thingstodo/walking/mileswithoutstiles/mws13
https://walk4life.info/sites/default/files/walkdocs/walkdoc-6902.pdf
http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/osmapdisp?openform&route=market-bosworth-country-park-walking-and-cycle-route
http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/osmapdisp?openform&route=roseland-peninsula-walking-route
http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/osmapdisp?openform&route=victoria-park-walking-and-cycle-route

Georgia@Blacks
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