Winter walking in sleeping landscapes
Taking a walk in nature is good for both body and soul. A winter landscape with brittle sunlight and long deep shadows is dramatic and exhilarating to be in. The land may be dormant and the air sharp and quiet, but it's anything but boring in the great outdoors.
It's fascinating to see the sculptural shapes of the trees and the curve and slope of the hills emerge from their blanket of foliage. The architecture of the landscape is laid bare in winter. The season suits long, mindful wanders with just your thoughts or a close friend for company.
There are things we can all do to help look after the countryside in winter, such as not parking on verges and soft ground, trying to avoid widening paths when they get muddy and keeping dogs on leads near livestock.
Here are some great winter walks near you and there are lots more on the website.