10 of the Best Winter Walks in the UK
19 November 2020
Many of us forget that the crisp winter landscape offers a beauty all of its own - and that a winter hike through snow covered fields, forests or parkland can be just as enjoyable as a summer excursion.
There are plenty of wonderful walking routes around England and Wales - from the Lake District and Peak District National Parks to the soaring cliffs on the south coast.
B&M Top Tip: We strongly recommend that you only visit the areas mentioned in this article if they are local to you. This will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Here are a few of the best winter walks in the UK:
Northcott Mouth & Coombe Valley, Cornwall
This breathtaking circular walk takes in clifftop pathways, fairytale woodland and ancient granite farmsteads protected by the National Trust.
B&M Top Tip: Nearby Bude or Pughill have some gorgeous cosy pubs and eateries to enjoy when you’re done. Don’t forget to wear face coverings in public places!
Pistyll Rhaeadr, Powys, Wales
Pistyll Rhaeadr in the Berwyn Mountains is the tallest “single-drop” waterfall in Britain - and in winter months, it freezes into a crystal cascade of incredible beauty.
B&M Top Tip: The Brecon Beacons are another Welsh walking hotspot - ideal for those looking for a lengthier walking holiday.
Strangford Lough, County Down, Northern Ireland
This serene lake in County Down provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy some winter wildlife, with waterbirds and birds of prey to spot.
B&M Top Tip: You might even see seals, porpoises, otters - and perhaps a humpback whale!
Bedgebury National Pinetum, Goudhurst, Kent
This location in the South East of England provides a magical forest landscape with circular routes for all capabilities. It’s also a charity for the conservation of trees.
B&M Top Tip: You can even have a treetop adventure on the local high rope course.
Uffmoor Wood, Worcestershire
Another gorgeous woodland walk can be found in the heart of Worcestershire. There are plenty of hiking trails to choose from - and the whole thing is lovingly managed by the Woodland Trust.
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
Take in amazing city views atop an ancient volcano when you visit Arthur’s Seat near Edinburgh. It’s very easy to get to, with car parking right at the foot of the hill.
B&M Top Tip: Get there in time for the sunrise for a real romantic treat.
Seven Sisters & Birling Gap, Sussex
Prepare to be amazed by the striking white cliffs and the Seven Sisters hills here in Sussex, or gaze out to sea from pebbly Birling Gap Beach.
Tennyson Down & Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight
This dramatic chalk ridge marks a wonderful circular walk that passes a rocket test site, a 19th-century fort, beautiful thatched cottages and a monument to the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Solva Harbour, St David’s, Pembrokeshire
A bracing coastal walk from the colourful Solva harbour town along the cliff tops to the UK’s smallest city, St David’s, taking in some truly stunning views.
Blenheim Great Park, Oxfordshire
The regal Blenheim Palace is surrounded by acres of pristine parkland, lakes and wooded areas - suitable for walkers of all levels. The land is still owned by the Queen of England.
Wherever you’re based in the UK, there’s bound to be a stunning winter landscape to explore - from the grounds of stately homes to wild and wonderful woodland or hillside hikes.