Top winter walks

Winter is the perfect time to wrap up warm, throw on some wellies and go for an invigorating walk. Blow away the cobwebs along blustery coastal paths, or take a frosty Christmas or Boxing Day stroll. You can go on a guided walk with one of our rangers or go your own way with one of our downloadable trails.

Killerton house in the mist
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Killerton, Devon 

One of Killerton’s delights is its gardens, and there’s plenty to see even in winter. Enjoy the wintersweet, the hellebores and the amazing coloured stems of cornus. During this one-mile walk you can also enjoy sweeping views across the parkland to Dartmoor. As spring approaches you'll find cyclamen, crocuses and other early spring bulbs.

Visitors walk in Stowe in winter
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Stowe, Buckinghamshire 

Escape for a peaceful winter walk at Stowe Park. You can take in lake views and explore beautiful temples. Highlights of this easy one-mile walk include the Palladian Bridge, Lake Pavilions and the Temple of Venus. Don't miss the Rotunda, where the golden statue of Venus glows in the winter light.

A wooden bridge over Burbage Brook
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Longshaw, Derbyshire 

Winter is the perfect time to explore the Longshaw estate. Stride out through frosty meadows and through quiet woodlands, or head down to Padley Gorge where the rushing Burbage Brook tumbles its way down the gritstone gorge. Afterward you’ll have earned a trip to the tea-room where you can indulge in tasty seasonal treats.

Wicken Fen - Konik ponies and horses in frost
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Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire 

Wicken Fen is the place to enjoy spectacular winter landscapes, including the renowned sunsets in the vast fenland skies. Keep a look out for hen and marsh harriers, short-eared owls and Wicken’s herds of Highland cattle and Konik ponies.

Bring the family for a winter walk at Dinefwr
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Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire 

Follow this route designed by landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. It takes you through the deer park surrounding the 12th-century castle. Fallow deer roam the park and are often joined by a neighbouring second herd in winter when food becomes more scarce. Keep a look out for some of the park's 150 ancient trees that you'll pass on this one-and-a-half-mile walk.

View of Divis peak

Divis and the Black Mountain, County Antrim 

On a bright sunny winter's day there's nothing more invigorating than a climb up Divis and the Black Mountain. At the top you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of Belfast and beyond. The weather can change quickly on the mountain, so please dress appropriately.

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