Whether a novice walker or seasoned hiker, walking in the UK in winter doesn’t disappoint. With spectacular views and heritage buildings all across the country, there’s really no excuse not to wrap up and head outdoors.
Bath Skyline, Somerset
A moderately intense trail, the Bath Skyline Walk offers a rural haven just a few minutes from the city centre. The six mile route goes through woods and fields, and passes Sham Castle. The highlight though is undoubtedly the views of Bath. With a variety of views from different vantage points, the Bath Skyline Walk offers some of the most impressive city vistas.
Castle Ward, County Down, Ireland
For a shorter option, the 40 minute Castle trail at Castle Ward meanders around Audley’s castle. Following the path, the trail then leads to Old Castle Ward, a 3-storey tower built in the late 16th century. For Game of Thrones fans, it’s also Winterfell, making it the perfect walk to explore in the colder months.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
The Fountain Abbey route follows a trail around the parameter of the estate, offering excellent views of the Abbey as well as the surrounding gardens. The path also winds through the Mackershaw deer park and the River Skell. It’s a 5 mile walk, and takes around 2 hours to complete.
White Cliffs of Dover, Kent
With a variety of walking trails on offer, the White Cliffs of Dover are a walkers paradise, with picturesque views spanning across the UK’s ancient coastline. Thought there are a myriad routes available, many visitors choose to start at the Visitors Centre and continue to the South Foreland Lighthouse. From here you can either loop back to Dover or continue along the cliffs to Kingdown. Whichever route you choose, the stunning panoramas are a certainty, and on a clear day offer views stretching all the way to the French coast.
The Lake District, Cumbria
The spectacular landscape of the Lake District attracts visitors from all over the world. With less tourists than in the summer months and the same spectacular views, winter is a great time to discover the beauty of it’s many walks. Bear in mind that the ever-changing nature of the British weather can make conditions a little more difficult during the colder months though; further details can be found here.