New Year escapes to beat the January blues

Recover from the seasonal festivities and get the new year off to a great start at places we look after. Whether you want a calorie-busting walk, to discover something new or simply a bit of peace and quiet, escape to historic houses and stunning landscapes in January and revive body and mind. Here are some of the best places in our care to visit in January.

Sunrise at Clumber Park ford, Nottinghamshire

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire 

Discover 3,800 acres of parkland, heath and woods at Clumber Park including the largest lime tree avenue in Europe. Explore the walking trails that criss-cross the park, take to the pedals on over 20 miles of cycle routes or find out about Clumber Park’s wildlife at the Discovery Centre. The park and Discovery Centre are open every day in January from 10am to 4pm and cycle hire is also available.

Autumnal view at Newton House at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire 

Soak up the history and fantastic views from the walls of the 12th century castle or grab your walking boots and explore the parkland on foot. ‘Capability’ Brown added his touch to Dinefwr Park which incorporates a medieval deer park and is a designated National Nature Reserve. The park and castle are open daily in January from 10am to 5pm.

Frost on the ruins at Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden 

A day at Yorkshire's Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden is a feast for the senses. Explore the atmospheric ruins of the Cistercian abbey or take a wander through the beautiful landscaped water garden and medieval deer park, looking out for winter wildlife. The abbey and water garden are open Saturday to Thursday in January from 10am to 5pm. The deer park is open daily from 6am to 6pm. And for more dizzying Yorkshire views go walking through Marsden Moor Estate.

Couple walking along the avenue, Gibside, Tyne & Wear

Gibside, Tyne and Wear 

With over 15 miles of footpaths on offer you can discover the gardens, riverside and woodland at your own pace on a visit to Gibside. Savour the views down the Avenue and over the Derwent Valley and admire the design of the 18th century chapel and Column of Liberty. The landscaped garden and woodlands are open every day in January from 10am to 4pm.

Carpet of snowdrops in front of Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey 

The historic village of Lacock is a picturesque place full of independent shops to while away a winter’s day. You can also explore the atmospheric cloisters, interior and grounds of Lacock Abbey or find out about the birth of photography at the Fox Talbot Museum. The cloisters, grounds and museum are open throughout January from 11am to 4pm. Tours of the abbey rooms run between 12pm and 4pm at weekends.

Nymans in winter

Nymans, West Sussex 

With acres of green space to explore Nymans is a great place to get the new year off to a healthy start. Look out for the statues and winter plants in the extensive garden and admire the redwoods in the woodland. The house, which is part ruin, also has an extensive collection. The garden, woodland and house are open daily in January from 10am to 5pm.

Exterior view of Quarry Bank Mill

Quarry Bank, Cheshire 

Discover the compelling story of cotton mill workers, entrepreneurs and the Industrial Revolution at Quarry Bank. Visit the Apprentice House, which housed the pauper children who worked in the mill, or Styal village, built by the Greg family for the mill workers. Reopens 16 January. The mill and Apprentice House will be open Wednesday to Sunday during January from 11am to 3.30pm.

Rowallane outer walled garden on a snowy morning

Rowallane, County Down 

Immerse yourself in nature in the formal and informal spaces of Rowallane Garden. The garden is famous for its rhododendrons, the earliest of which flower in December, and exotic plants. Go in search of the cairns, wander the walled garden or take a walk to the tower. The garden is open daily in January from 10am to 4pm.

The Palladian Bridge at Stowe covered in snow.

Stowe, Buckinghamshire 

The landscaped gardens of Stowe offer 250 acres of lawns, lakes, woods and temples full of mythology and romance to explore. Take one of the many trails, choosing the path of virtue or vice, cross the elegant Palladian bridge, take in the lakeside views and look out for snowdrops and other early-flowering bulbs. The garden is open every day in January from 10am to 4pm. The park is open from dawn until dusk.

The parkland clothed in a winter frost

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire 

Landscape designers over the centuries have left their mark on the Wimpole Estate park which is Grade I listed. The parkland is a great for a bracing winter walk. On your travels you can also visit Home Farm, the estate’s working farm, to find out about rare breeds. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk in January (the garden is open from 11am to 4pm). Home Farm is open 1-5 January otherwise at weekends from 11am to 4pm for the rest of the month.