Top Boxing Day and New Year walks in the South West in 2019

Walk off the previous day's indulgence with a bracing Boxing Day walk, or walk in the New Year. Here are just a few of the National Trust places in the South West you could visit for fresh air and escapism in 2019.

A frosty morning in late winter at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

Winter walks at Lacock, Wiltshire 

You can stretch your legs and work off your Christmas dinner on a winter walk around Lacock.

Old Harry Rocks, Dorset

Old Harry Rocks walk

Breathtaking views of the Jurassic coast and unique rock formations await you on this circular walk.

Tyntesfield estate winter sun

Winter walks at Tyntesfield

A crisp winter walk around the Tyntesfield estate is the perfect way to blow the cobwebs away.

Historic era of Ilfracombe, Devon in watercolour painting

Walk the Ilfracombe Torrs

Ascend the Torrs at Ilfracombe on the exhilarating walking trail.

Front Park gate, Killerton

Killerton garden winter walk

Explore the garden at Killerton in winter to see such gems as the Tibetan Cherry Tree and the carpets of cyclamen.

A close up of a seal on its side in the sand

Baggy Point easy access walk

An easy walk that's great for families, taking you along the west side of Baggy Point, with far-reaching coastal and sea views.

family walking and swinging a child

Winter walks

Join us for woodland walks and warming drinks throughout January weekends. The house will re-open for Half Term on the 15th February.

Large rocks and bracken on Godolphin Hill, looking north

Godolphin Hill walk

A gentle ramble up to the top of Godolphin Hill which boasts one of the best views over West Cornwall. On a clear day you can see St Michael's Mount and St Ives bay.

Visitors enjoying the Christmas decorations at Stourhead, Wiltshire


'Twixmas' is a time to get together and enjoy traditions old and new; Stourhead house will be opening its doors to the beautifully decorated showrooms. Beyond the house, a walk around the winter garden offers tranquillity and festive cheer, with many of the garden buildings adorned with wreaths and festive decorations.

Winter at Dyrham Park

A great escape outdoors this 'Twixmas'

Take a break from the indoors, the rich food and the gaudy decorations while stretching your legs and taking in the views this festive season.

Sherborne Park Estate, Gloucestershire

Winter walks at Sherborne 

Walk through the crisp winter woodlands and parkland on the Sherborne Park Estate, a working estate home to an abundance of wildlife, from fallow and roe deer to badgers and foxes.

Lydford Gorge bridge and Whitelady Waterfall in winter
Walking trail

Escape to Whitelady Waterfall at Lydford Gorge, Devon 

Wrap up warm, lace up your boots and take a hike to Whitelady waterfall. A circular walk takes around an hour or can be extended with a rest in the bird hide to watch the wildlife. A perfect route on a day out between Christmas and New Year.

Woodland on Horner Hill, Holnicote Estate, Somerset

Join a post-Christmas ramble on Exmoor

Want to walk off that extra mince pie? Join a ranger for an invigorating ramble on the Holnicote Estate and learn about the estate, its wildlife and how we look after it. Return to Horner Wood for a warming bowl of soup at the end of your ramble.

View of Cape Cornwall

Wild Walks at Cape Cornwall

Whether it's wildlife, walking or beautiful views you're after, Cape Cornwall is a fantastic spot.


Out and about at Botallack

Explore Botallack's wild coast. Visit the iconic chimneys and Crowns before taking a break in the Count House Workshop Café.

Watersmeet House and river in the snow

Christmas at Watersmeet

You can get into the festive spirit with a wintry walk in the beautiful Lyn Valley followed by a seasonal treat from the winter menu at Watersmeet.

Brent geese at Studland Bay, Dorset

Coastal Christmas at Studland Bay

Winter is a time to experience the wild side of Studland Bay, far from the crowded high streets, where wildlife finds a year-round home.