Winter doesn’t have to be a time for sitting indoors by the fire in the United Kingdom. Instead, why not experience some of Britain’s finest countryside on a winter walk? Pull on your boots, grab a woolly hat and enjoy these great winter walking options. For those who love the snow, it is a great way to spend couple of days during the winter in some of the most attractive places in the United Kingdom.
Scottish winter walking doesn’t have to mean mountaineering; the Jubilee Path will take you on a fascinating journey into the past along the Galloway coast. The best views are at Castlehill Point, where the remains of Iron Age defenses provide the perfect spot to view the Lake District’s peaks across the water.
Glen Finglas, Stirling
For a walk in the woods this winter, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Glen Finglas in the Trossachs. If you’re feeling energetic, the crowning glory of Glen Finglas is the wonderful 15-mile circular path that will reward you with stunning views of the Highland scenery.
Cors Caron, Powys
Although it can take a bit of getting to, Cors Caron is a wonderful place to go bird-watching in the winter. Take a walk to these raised bogs near Tregaron and you can expect to see hen harriers, widgeon and whooper swans galore, as well as maybe the beautiful short-eared owl.
Llyn Crafnant, Gwynedd
In the depths of winter, many higher-level walks in Snowdonia are strictly for the experienced but it’s still an excellent place to enjoy a lower-level walk like this. You can travel by Snowdon Sherpa bus to get you to Capel Curig, from where it’s around seven miles to the pure blue waters of the lake.
Midlands and Northern England
Malvern Hills, Worcestershire
A winter walk along the delightful range that inspired Edward Elgar and CS Lewis is a real middle England adventure. A relatively straightforward five-mile walk to the highest peak, the Worcestershire Beacon, gives outstanding views over the Victorian spa town of Great Malvern.
Wharfedale, North Yorkshire
The Yorkshire Dales can be crowded even in winter, so it makes sense to head off the beaten track. Wharfedale is the ideal destination; the route from Kettlewell to Buckden provides a blissfully peaceful experience. If the weather is fine, the high trail across Birks Fell is spectacular.
White Cliffs, Kent
Hear “Dover in the winter” and you may simply think of ferries to France, but the area has plenty of attractions all its own, including the iconic White Cliffs. Snow is uncommon right on the coast but a layer of crunchy frost, combined with the crash of the waves below, will create a magical winter wonderland atmosphere.
Watership Down, Hampshire
Richard Adams set his classic tale of rabbits in the chalk hills of North Hampshire. The ridge gives lovely views across some of the most attractive farmland in southern England, studded with charming villages such as Kingsclere. Nearby Ladle Hill is an intriguing Iron Age fort.