02 / 12 / 20

8 of the best walks in the United Kingdom

As winter draws in you may want to keep cosy and warm and stay inside. But here we outline some of the best winter walks in the UK to inspire you to get up and get out.

Wrap up warm and enjoy a walk in some of the most scenic parts of Britain taking in some breath-taking views and landscapes.  From the peak district to the Scottish Highlands, this time of year can be a great time to get out and explore the country.

So, grab your walking boots and take a look at some of these walks and hit the trail.

Old couple

Glenfinnan, Highland

A good starting point is the the Church of St Mary and St Finnan which stands overlooking the waters of Loch Shiel. This makes for a great marker as you embark on your walk.

As well as the Church, down the road is Glenfinnan Visitor Centre, with a shop, toilets, café and parking and is a good place to grab supplies as you start your walk. The route should take you from Loch Shiel to the dramatic mountain pass of Bealach a’Chaorainn.

Distance: 10.5 miles which should take approx. 6 hours

Glenfinnan

Steall Falls and Glen Nevis, Highland

Head south from the Highland town of Fort William, and you’ll discover the beautiful Glen Nevis which is bounded by several high, rugged mountains, including the huge bulk of Ben Nevis, which, at 1,344m (4,409ft) above sea level, is the highest point in the British Isles.

The walk from here is a two-mile walk through the Nevis Gorge that really delivers a beautiful visual experience. Parts of the path can be rocky and slippery but with a little care, this is a great, memorable walk.

Distance: 2 miles which should take approx. 1.5 hours

Glen Nevis

Castleton and Winnats Pass, Derbyshire

Peak Cavern is a wonder of the Peak District and Castleton is famous for its caves. You can explore these caves, crags and the castle of this Peak District village with an easy, 4.6-mile circular walk.

Distance: 4.6miles which should take approx. 3.5 hours

Castleton and Winnats Pass

Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

Front doors look over neighbours’ roofs and stone steps link the different levels at this picturesque bay, where you can still find boats moored up.

Take a winter walk through the surrounding North York Moors countryside. It should be about three-mile on the circular route.  Head south from the Station Car Park on the hilltop above the village and take in the views.

Distance: 2.7 miles which should take approx. 1.5 hours

Robin Hood Bay

Haddon Hall, Derbyshire

Following the bridge over the River Wye to climb the large arched doorway of Haddon Hall. Inside you’ll find the Hall largely unchanged in over 900 years. As you embark on your walk leave the Hall behind and follow the River Wye to Bakewell for more historic architecture at All Saints Church.

Distance: 5.5 miles which should take approx. 3.5 hours

Haddon Hall

 

Holkham, Norfolk

The Norfolk coast is ripe with mudflats and salt marshes which sit alongside miles of beaches and Holkham is one of those beaches.

This shoreline is part of one of the largest national nature reserves in the country, home to many species of birds. This walk is for both nature-lovers and those looking for seemingly endless beaches, seas and skies.

Distance: 4.8 miles which should take approx.  3.5 hours

Holkham, Norfolk 

 

Hawkshead and Latterbarrow, Cumbria

Ever popular with walkers is the Lake District area. This really is a day out as well as a beautiful walk. Start off by walking up Latterbarrow’s 244m-high mini mountain and once you walk back down continue two miles to the cobbled courtyards and alleyways of Hawkshead village. The village has lots of independent shops to pick up some local produce and gifts from the area.

Duration: 3.1 miles which should take approx. 2 hours

Hawkshead and Latterbarrow, Cumbria 

Three Cliffs Bay, Swansea

These cliffs are triangles that are truly a sight be seen and they merge with Tor Bay, Oxwich Bay and Pobbles Bay – with its dramatic cliffs and caves – to create one vast long sand scene.

Duration 6.2 miles which should take approx. 4 hours

Three Cliffs Bay

We hope you enjoyed reading our blog and feel inspired to enjoy the great British outdoors. If you try any for yourself then get in touch and let us know how you found it.

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