Top 10 winter walks

The Boomers team look at Britain’s best early winter walks, whether a keen rambler or a relaxed stroller regular according to the NHS walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.

Here we have selected our top 10 (in no particular order) we’d love to hear your favourites too.

10. Calke Park wildlife walk
Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derby, South Derbyshire DE73 7LE

Described as ‘A tranquil walk with lots of interest’ Walk past a grand Baroque mansion with its natural history collection; discover the secret walled gardens and a parkland in this National Nature Reserve. The park has stunning old trees and a varied landscape including ponds and wood pasture, no public roads on the route too.

Marked as ‘easy’ on the National Trust’s website the walk is 1.6 miles and approximately 40 minutes.

9. Solva – The Gribin coastal walk
Solva Harbour, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62

Described as ‘moderate’ in difficulty this stunning (and dog friendly ) walk in a mile long.
The National Trust write ‘Solva is at the centre of 8 miles (12.8km) of unspoilt coastal scenery stretching from Newgale in the east to St David’s in the west. The Gribin is a rocky headland guarding the entrance to Solva Harbour, giving spectacular views along the coast and across St Bride’s Bay.’

The Gribin-National Trust image -Joe Cornish
The Gribin-National Trust image -Joe Cornish

8. Blickling Estate walk
Blickling, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 6NF

Again described as ‘moderate’ in difficulty, another dog friendly location to enjoy. On this 4.5 mile walk allow approximately 2 hours, but perhaps more if you take in the many detours including Tower, Brickyard and Mausoleum.

7. Upton House and Gardens,
Nr Banbury, Warwickshire OX15 6HT

With views all the way to the Malvern Hills plus a pit stop at the pub, this walk, described as ‘moderate’ has plenty to offer. The pub has 19th-century tower that stands on the spot where King Charles rallied his troops or at one where an opposing roundhead haunts the inglenook fireplace. 5.5 miles, approximately 2 hours 30 mins.

6. Dun da Lamh, Invernessshire
Close to A86, Newtonmore PH20 1BY

A ‘moderate’ low-level walk in the Cairngorms with spectacular views. Climb to the summit, at only 500m you’ll be surprised at the vista, taking in Loch Spey, and the first ford of the Spey from your own Iron Age hill fort.
5.25 miles, allow up to 3 or 4 hours.

5. Henrhyd Falls and Nant Llech
Signposted from the A4067 and A4221 by brown tourist signs. The car park is located just outside Coelbren on the minor road to Pen y Cae. OS Grid ref: SN853121.

Walk to Henrhyd Falls, the highest waterfall in South Wales, then travel down the Nant Llech valley passing the site of a disused watermill. More beautiful in the rain but caution, slippery when wet! Again described as ‘moderate to difficult’. Allow 2.5 hours to enjoy this 3.5 mile walk.

4. Castle Ward, Strangford,
Downpatrick, County Down BT30 7LS

Marked as an ‘easy’ walk, allow approximately 40 minutes for this 1.8 mile walk.Take in the stunning scenery of Strangford Lough, Audley’s Castle and Farmyard at Castle Ward. For fans of the television series Game of Thrones® part of the show was filmed at Castle Ward.

3. Ham House, Richmond
Ham Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, TW10 7RS

May be a good idea to travel by train to this bustling part of West London. Enjoy views protected by the House og Parliament on a walk mixing riverside views and the delightful town of Richmond.

2. Mottisfont estate
Spearywell car park, Mottisfont, SO51 0LS

A walk along the River Test takes you through ancient woodlands and historic farmland.Allow 2 to 4 hours for this ‘moderate’ 6 mile walk.

Descriptions of ease such as ‘moderate’ are from The National Trust, for many more walks please visit their website.

1. The Bath Skyline walk
Bathwick Hill, Bath, Somerset, BA2 6EP

The National Trust cite this as their most popular walking trail, we agree! Enjoy the iconic views of Bath City and
The Mendips beyond on this 6 mile walk. Allow 4 hours for this dog friendly ‘moderate’ walk.

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