The best winter walks across the UK

Whether you’re looking to get the kids out of the house and away from the television for a few hours or to justify an afternoon spent next to the fire in a cosy pub, nothing beats a peaceful walk through the countryside after the mayhem of Christmas.

David Wilson Homes have scoured the country to unearth the best winter walks to blow away the cobwebs this festive period. From the snow-capped peaks of the Cairngorms to the cliffs and surging tides of the Atlantic, these trails range from easy to moderate in difficulty but are all equally stunning.

Scotland

Loch Morlich, Highlands (PICTURED ABOVE)

Distance: 3.1 miles/5.1 km

Time: 1.5h

Difficulty: Easy

Get ready to explore Scotland’s finest settings along this easy walking trail. Surrounded by pine forests and fringed by glorious beaches, the Loch Morlich walk starts and ends in the Highland town of Aviemore. The snow covers Cairngorms summits for more than 100 days a year, providing a picturesque backdrop for your stroll.

Yorkshire

The Twelve Apostles, Bingley 

Distance: 4 miles/6.4 km

Time: 2h

Difficulty: Easy

This four mile-loop starts and finishes in Bingley, West Yorkshire, and makes a beautiful winter walk. Tranquil and picturesque, it provides a great opportunity to take in the stunning landscape. Climb to the top of Burley Moor, 400 metres above sea level, to admire the mysterious Bronze Age stones.

North West of England

Rydal Water, Lake District 

Rydal Water near Grasmere, Cumbria, the Lake District, England.

Distance: 2.8 miles/4.5 km

Time: 1.5h

Difficulty: Easy

This family-friendly walk in the Lake District is a treat all year round, but even more so when temperatures hit minus figures. Twirling around the foot of Nab Scar before heading towards the lower part of Loughrigg Fell, it provides breathtaking views over the water.

East of England

Lynford Arboretum Walk, Norfolk

Distance: 2.9 miles/4.7 km

Time: 1.5h

Difficulty: Easy

Looking for a peaceful walk through one of Britain’s most beautiful forests? Norfolk has just what you need. The Lynford Arboretum walk explores just a small part of Thetford Forest, Britain’s largest lowland woodland. This wheelchair-friendly route shows off spectacular broadleaf and pine trees and leads back to a quaint little cafe so you can end your walk with a warm drink.

West Midlands

Dimmingsdale Walk, Staffordshire 

Distance: 6.2 miles/3.8 km

Time: 2h

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

This route starts and finishes at a stunning tearoom loved by local walkers and naturists. The Ramblers’ Retreat is a building once owned by the Earl of Shrewsbury as part of the Alton Abbey Estate, more commonly known now for its theme park, Alton Towers. If you’re feeling brave, you can seek out the infamous oak tree which had its branches chained by the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury in 1821 to ward off a curse.

South West of England

Arne Nature Reserve, Dorset  

Distance: 3.9 miles/6.3 km

Time: 2h

Difficulty: Easy

Few places can rival Cornwall’s breathtaking beauty, and this walk makes the perfect starting point to explore a piece of it. Arne Nature Reserve offers not only a beautiful location for a winter walk, but shows off some of the most spectacular wildlife in the South West. As you walk, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the rare birds who call the area their home, such as woodpeckers, tits, siskins and sparrow hawks.

Wales

Elidir Trail 

Distance: 2.4 miles/4.5 km

Time: 1.5h

Difficulty: Easy

Nothing short of spectacular, Elidir Trail represents Wales at its finest. Found within the so-called ‘Waterfall Valley’ in the Brecon Beacons National Park, this walk is perfect for families. Follow the River Pyrddin upstream towards Sgwd Gwladus, home of the Lady Falls. Magnificent all year round, wintertime adds some extra charm with its ice patterns.