There’s nothing like a festive stroll, particularly to ease the expanded stomach full of Christmas roast, mince pies and chocolates. Yes, there are many benefits of walking, however there is so much more in store when one sets out on a Christmas walk. Nobody can argue that England under the influence of winter is quite possibly one of the most beautiful sights to behold. Frosted trees, fields and hills glisten in the beautiful white angelic countryside whilst the grass crunches under your walking boots. Here is a selection of the best walks to embark on this season.
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
Cheddar Gorge is labelled as an Area of Natural Beauty, and it’s not hard to see why – beautiful rolling hills and clifftops ascend to great heights with plenty of caves to explore in the stunning rocky hillsides which take on a new lease of life in winter. It’s a landscape to get truly lost in but also one where refreshments, restaurants and pubs can be found to stop off and rest at. The trail ranges from easy to more trying terrains for those who dare to venture higher to the 400 feet peaks.
Tenby, situated in West Wales, is a haven for a good winter beach stroll in the sands. Castle Beach is the perfect set up for visual bliss with a towering ancient structure lying just off the shore. Tenby is particularly bustling around Christmas time due to the Tenby Boxing Day Swim where many take to the chilly waves in aid of charity; head down to watch them dive in or head in and take a dip yourself.
Grizedale Forest, Lake District
Grizedale Forest is vibrant with wildlife and holds a variation of trails to venture on in its sweeping woodland, from the easier Grizedale Tarn Trail to the more advanced High Bowkerstead Trail which rises above the village of Satterthwaite leaving breath-taking views behind. Mountains and wide hillsides loom over the woodland which provides stunning scenery to those rambling and hiking. The forest is animated with over 40 sculptures to be discovered in amongst the woodlands.
Richmond Park, London
London is mostly comprised of pavements and skyscrapers, however, some beautiful green spots bring about a natural break in the grey cityscape. Of course Hyde Park lies nearer to the centre of the city, however, one of the most beautiful spots lies just on the outskirts at Richmond Park. The terrain is mainly flat but is ideal for those looking for an easy stroll with a scenic background, a background which is inhabited with free-roaming deer and silver-lined trees and footpaths.
Loch Morlich, Scotland
Loch Morlich’s looping trail offers walkers spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains. The walk binds a plethora of visual attractions together from the stunning beach-lined loch to the wide forests of evergreen trees with stunning snow-topped mountains peeking out from behind it. With a landscape worthy of a fairy story, this walk is truly a magical venture on relatively easy terrain too!
Be sure to stock up, wrap up and have the appropriate footwear for stepping out into the wild outside. TREK Bars are great nutritional company for a hike, particularly our TREK protein flapjacks which are packed full of protein. If you want to take the festive walk one step further then check out Georgina Ayre’s guide to stepping out into trail running.