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A winter walk at this time of year can be just the thing to invigorate you after a few months hibernating. On a crisp, bright day in the UK, there is nothing quite like the feeling of being bundled up warm while enjoying the beautiful natural landscape. If you’re not sure where to go for a walk, we’ve put together a few options ranging from a short stroll to a more challenging walk in the countryside to suit a range of walkers.
If you are after a short walk without having to leave London, then Richmond Park is the perfect place for a relaxing walk with lots to see and land to roam. There are many routes to walk, taking in the vast oak and chestnut trees along the way and you will be sure to catch a glimpse of parakeet birds whizzing through the air in a flash of green. Best of all, when you need a rest, relax with a flask of hot cocoa while watching the numerous deer which graze freely around the park.
With three miles of sandy beach, this is a special walk to take along a beautiful stretch of coastline. Enjoy the sound of the waves and feel the Atlantic wind dust the cobwebs away. If the tide is out you can walk out to the sea, enjoying the dunes and admire the ocean or if it is high tide, visit the lagoon that forms in a natural basin along the beach. You can chose to walk back along the beach or walk back through the route that cuts through the pinewoods.
If a walk with other attractions available is more to your taste, then a walk around the grounds of Hever Castle is ideal! Located in Edenbridge the beautifully manicured gardens are stunning at all times of the year, but a visit in the wintertime with the dramatic backdrop of the castle makes for impressive viewing. A visit to the Topiary walk and a birdwatching stroll around the lake is highly worth the walk! You can also pay a entrance fee to visit the Castle if you want a break from the cold!
A visit to the New Forest is a real treat, especially if you have family in tow. There are miles of car-free walking available and you are bound to run into the famous New Forest ponies at some point along your walk. There are numerous trails that can be followed which are signposted around the park. We recommend the Tall Tree trail which will take you through lovely alpine trees and give the best chance to spot deer between the trees!
The natural beauty of Scotland is truly stunning and a walk alongside the waters of Loch Muick will demonstrate this clearly. There is a circular walk around Loch Muick which takes in the Glas Allt Shiel waterfall and allows the chance to see wild red deer, red squirrels and the snow-covered peaks of Lochnagar. You might also see some salmon in the loch so keep your eyes open! If you are feeling very cold after your walk, why not include a visit to nearby Royal Lochnagar Distillery afterwards to try their malt whisky range- it will be sure to warm you right up!