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The Top 10 Best Winter Walks in England

Many people continue walking during the winter months. Cold temperatures and possibly a bit of snow only add to the beauty of many destinations around the country. Enjoy beautiful landscapes, a variety of wildlife and historic locations dating back thousands of years.

 

The Brecks

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Visit the ruins of the Mildenhall or the Thetford Warren lodges on one of many paths around the location. Once popular for flint excavation during prehistoric times, Grimes Graves has 37 hectares of depressions from old mining sites.

 

Dartmoor National Park

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The park overall has over 730 kilometres of walkways that suit every level of physical fitness. Particularly around the Devon area, visitors enjoy circular walks that include an enchanting waterfall and views from atop Hartland Tor.

 

Forest Fawr Geopark

Located within Brecon Beacons National Park of Wales, the destination comprises the western region of the national park. Explore the vast forest and walk along fast flowing rivers. Hear the sounds of thundering waterfalls and enjoy the native wildlife.

 

Holkham National Nature Reserve

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From the coastal sandy beaches and dunes to salt marshes and pine forests, the nature reserve in Norfolk spans about 4,000 hectares. See the remains of the Iceni settlement near Bone’s Drove or head toward the beach and watch flocks of finches, geese and peregrine falcons.

 

New Forest National Park

Located in the south central region of England, the park lies between the Southampton Water and the Avon Valley. Sprawling over 7,800 hectares, the area boasts varied landscape and approximately 241 kilometres of traffic free walking and biking paths.

 

Pen-y-Gwryd

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This quaint little village lies at the head of the Nant Cynnyd and Nantygwryd rivers and at the foot of Carnedd y Cribau Mountain. The entire area appears magical under a light dusting of snow. The destination served as a training ground for various expeditions before conquering Mount Everest.

 

Richmond Park

Located in London, Richmond is the largest of the royal parks and this magnificent location features centuries old trees and wild roaming deer along with a host of birds and other wildlife. Stop in at the Pembroke Lodge or the Roehampton Café for a quick bite to eat.

 

St. Michael’s Mount

Located in Cornwall. With a paved causeway available at low tide, the island welcomes visitors during the winter months too. Visit the 18th century village, tour the castle and see the underground technology that delivers supplies to the island. Hike the summit where St. Michael reportedly appeared.

 

Tehidy Country Park

Tehidy features the largest wooded area in West Cornwall. Circular walks venture to a historical estate and offer picturesque lake front views. Paths also lead into the steep hills of the destination.

 

Wast Water

The spectacular landscape of Wast Water lies in the Lake District of Cumbria. A perimeter of mountains surrounds the lake including Scafell Pike, the tallest mountain in the country. The remote destination attracts walker all year long. Quaint villages lie in the lake’s west side, which remain popular with walkers.

 

Indulge in the fresh air and amazing landscapes of the countryside long after the leaves fall from the trees. Britain contains so many places to explore and enjoy that the possibilities remain endless. Venture outdoors and visit some of the top locations in the country.

Tom writes for The Cottage Boutique, who advertise a selection of handpicked boutique cottages in Cornwall. Pet owners, if your looking for dog friendly cottages in St Ives be sure to check out our list of four legged friendly cottages.

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