Best Winter Walks in the UK

The Christmas month is nearly coming to an end, and all of the festive food is eaten…

What better time than now, to start exploring? We’ve named some of the best National Trust sites for Winter Walks in the UK – to help you walk off that Turkey!

  1. Blickling Estate Walk, Norfolk

The Blickling Estate Walk is an amazing site. As you can see from the photo above, it has some incredible views and scenery for you to enjoy. There is also a Cafe on-site where you can enjoy a hot beverage.

Information about this site from National Trust:

  • Easy Walk
  • Dog Friendly
  • 1.8 Miles long

2. Wicken Fen Wildlife Walk, Cambridgeshire

The Wicken Fen Wildlife Park features a varied landscape, full of wildlife. It is a beautiful location and is the perfect distanced walk.

Information about this site from National Trust:

  • Moderate Difficulty
  • Dog-Friendly
  • 2.8 Miles

3. Mickleden Walk, Lake District

A field of green grass with a man walking down a path in the middle, there is a cobbled wall to one side and a group of green hills in the background against a blue sky.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sticklebarn-and-the-langdales/trails/mickleden-valley-trail-lake-district

All walks in the Lake District are worth a visit, but here you can walk through the join of two mountains while admiring the scenery.

Information about this site from National Trust:

  • Easy
  • 3.8 Miles

4. Railway Trail, Hardcastle Crags

A blue stream with stones and rocks in it, surrounded by green trees.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardcastle-crags/trails/railway-walk-at-hardcastle-crags

This walk is full of beautiful streams, there are rocky footpaths to climb, as well as picnic spots so you can look out for the wildlife.

Information about this site from National Trust:

  • Moderate difficulty
  • 2-3 miles
  • Dog-Friendly

5. Beningbrough River Walk, Yorkshire

A man, woman and their black and white dog walking through the forest, there are leaves on the ground and the sun is shining through green trees.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough-hall/trails/beningbrough-river-walk

A circular walk with brilliant views, including a river, woodland and an estate house. There is great potential to see all kinds of wildlife here, and it’s a great family walk.

Information about this site from National Trust:

  • Moderate Difficulty
  • 3.5 Miles
  • Dog-Friendly

6. Reservoir Walk, Carding Mill Valley

A blue sky and green hills with trees fill the image, with a small, brown, metal bridge on one side.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carding-mill-valley-and-the-shropshire-hills/trails/a-walk-to-the-reservoir-in-carding-mill-valley

This is a relatively short walk, but as you can see from above, is very beautiful. You can see the Reservoir, and take a stroll through the reservoir banks.

Information about this site from National Trust:

  • Easy
  • 0.5 Miles
  • Dog-Friendly

7. Longshaw Estate Winter Walk, Derbyshire

A thin, blue stream wih brown stones and rocks through it. There is green grass on either side of the stream, and a leafless tree leaning over it.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/longshaw-burbage-and-the-eastern-moors/trails/longshaw-estate-winter-walk

Meadows, forest and streams – what more could you ask for? This is a beautiful walk and is definitely worth a visit this Winter.

Information about this site from National Trust:

  • Easy
  • 2.3 Miles
  • Dog-Friendly

8. Sheringham Park, Norfolk

A beautiful, peaceful woodland garden to take a stroll through. There is also a History to this site that you can explore.

Information about this site from National Trust:

  • Easy
  • Dogs Welcome!
  • 1000 Acres of varying Habitat to discover

9. The Calke Tramway Trail, Derby

An adventure here can last as long as you wish. This trail is great for children and also for keen cyclists.

Information about this site from National Trust:

  • Easy
  • Cyclist Friendly Trails
  • 3.7 – 6.3 miles (Depends where you go!)

10. Sudbury Town

Last but not Least, is the town of Sudbury. This is a great place to visit for those who are interested in History, and are keen on a walk down town roads, rather than woodland etc.

More Information about this site from National Trust:

  • Easy (and Easy Access)
  • Approx. 1 mile walk

If you enjoyed this blog post, you can also take a look at our ‘Best Campsites Open All Year’ post – for camping inspiration to surround your walks!

Happy Walking!

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