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Top UK Winter Walking Destinations 

Natasha Wharton

Natasha Wharton

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Health & Wellbeing

There’s nothing better on a crisp, cold winter day than heading outside for a leisurely ramble. Whether across field or along the coast, even during the colder months the UK offers some dramatic and stunning scenery. So, wrap up warm and enjoy one of these wonderful walks.

If you’re feeling inspired to get out and about this winter, why not enjoy a mini-break? As a McCarthy & Stone resident, you could stay at a guest suite in another development and enjoy hotel style facilities at a fraction of the cost.

Richmond, London

You don’t have to venture too far from the city to feel like you’re in the countryside. Richmond is the largest Royal Park in London, filled with ancient trees, and provides a haven of calm in an otherwise frantic, busy city. During your visit, be sure to look out for red and fallow deer and enjoy an uninterrupted view of St Paul’s Cathedral from King Henry’s Mound. 

Frogham to Fritham, Hampshire

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to stretch your legs on a longer walk, this 11-mile return bimble through the New Forest will not disappoint. The walk starts with a view that stretches for miles across heathland. As you follow the path downhill towards Fritham, across stream and through wild woods, enjoy the peace and tranquility in the heart of the New Forest. After all that walking, visit the Royal Oak pub to warm up and enjoy some good food.

Dartmoor, Devon

Escape into the wilderness that is Dartmoor. This dramatic landscape provides rugged, far-reaching views on the Postbridge audio walk. The 6-mile circular walk takes in Hartland Tor, a reminder of Dartmoor’s industrial past. During the winter months, Dartmoor makes the ideal place to escape the crowds and enjoy the quiet solitude of this stark, yet beautiful countryside. The audio walk can be found here.

Holkham Beach, Norfolk

Holkham beach offers sweeping coastal views as one of the most unspoilt beaches in the UK. As part of one of the biggest nature reserves, during the winter months there is plenty of wildlife to look out for. Whilst out and about, keep an eye out for larks, finches and pink-footed geese.

Pistyll Rhaeadr, Powys, Wales

The Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall that forms this particular walk is spectacular at any time of the year. However, during the winter months when temperatures drop to sub-zero it is especially worth a visit. A five-km circular walk takes you to the foot of the fall and back round to the car park via the hillside. If you’re wanting a more challenging walk, climb uphill along the cliffs of the Berwyn ridge.

Castlefield, Manchester

For a steady stroll, this 2.5-mile circular walk is largely flat and follows paved towpaths and street pavements. The walk starts and ends at The Wharf, a city pub, so be sure to pop in after your walk for a warming meal. Passing through Manchester’s conservation and heritage area, some of the highlights enroute include the Gothic Revival town hall and the old canals.     

Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

With 84 miles of paths, the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall offers plenty of options for walks crossing moorland and fields. Running across the northernmost counties of Northumberland and Cumbria, follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and marvel at the scale of their achievement. Be sure to visit Sycamore Gap where you can see the tallest section of the remaining wall.

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