The UK is notorious for its stunning national parks, coastal paths and rural trails – many of which are especially scenic during the winter months. Winter is an excellent time to get out and explore the natural world, and you’re bound to feel the benefits of soaking up the limited sunshine we get in Britain during this time of year, too!
Whether you’re looking to warm up with a challenging hike or simply appreciate the view with a meandering stroll, here are five of the most beautiful winter walks that the UK has to offer.
1. Beatrix Potter Walk, Lake District
Ideal for literary fanatics, the Beatrix Potter trail covers numerous sites that are linked to the author, including her home, the shores of Lake Windermere and the wooded fells of Claife Heights. At 8 miles, this trail is the perfect way to stave off the cold while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District. If you’re planning a trip to this wonderful part of the UK, why not take a look at our Lake District cycling holiday packages?
2. The South Loch Ness Trail, Scotland
For those hoping to catch a glimpse of Nessie through the winter mist, try the South Loch Ness Trail. Beginning just outside of Fort Augustus, the trail takes you through centuries of myths and legends, as well as miles of beautiful woodland and wildlife spots. As the more “untouched” side of Loch Ness, this peaceful trail is perfect for a quiet winter walk.
3. Corfe Castle, Dorset
One of the UK’s most photographed sites, the trails around the historic village of Corfe Castle make for a pretty special winter walk. Soak up the history of this ancient site whilst taking in the picturesque views. If you’re an early riser, why not even catch the sunrise coming up over the ruins?
4. Heddon Valley, North Devon
Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the North Devonian coastline and the outskirts of Exmoor National Park, Heddon Valley offers some stunning winter walks. Take in the crisp, sea air whilst exploring the trail’s diverse landscape – from wooded plains to the rocky beach. There’s even a conveniently-located pub – The Hunter’s Inn – that you can pop into after your hike for a hearty lunch or warming drink.
5. Worcestershire Beacon, The Cotswolds
Despite the steep ascent, the view from atop the Worcestershire Beacon is well worth it! This 4.5-mile jaunt across the Malvern Hills is all the more idyllic in the winter, with views across the Severn Valley. Start at the village of Upper Wyche and climb 425 metres to enjoy a spectacular, panoramic viewpoint. For more scenic walks and cycles through the Cotswolds, take a look at our holiday packages in this region!
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