Walk through winter wonderlands

We’ve selected some of our favourite winter walks at places we look after. The gardens, estates and countryside we care for take on a whole new look in frosty or snowy conditions. Don't let the cold put you off - just wrap up warm, get out there and explore.

Bath Skyline in the snow
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Bath Skyline, Somerset 

This six-mile route boasts magnificent views over the city of Bath. You'll wander through history, past an Iron Age hill fort and 18th-century follies. The route takes you through hidden valleys, woodlands and meadows, all rich in wildlife. The Skyline walk burns as much energy as playing 90 minutes of football. So step out and burn off some of those Christmas calories.

A barren woodland covered in snow at a National Trust site
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Castle Ward, County Down 

This trail takes in the ruin of Audley’s Castle on the shores of Strangford Lough. The castle and imposing tower house of Old Castle Ward take on a magical air in winter. Old Castle Ward was used as ‘Winterfell’ in the fantasy drama Game of Thrones. This two-mile trail is great for spotting wildlife.

Photographer pictured at Clumber Park
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Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire 

The views of Clumber Lake – particularly from Clumber Bridge – are bound to delight everyone. During this easy two-mile walk you'll also pass through heathland and woodland. Look out for jays and green woodpeckers searching for bugs. You can also spot squirrels racing up and down the trees.

Sheep looking at visitors in Dinefwr Park, Carmarthenshire, Wales
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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.

horses in the snow at Divis and the Black Mountain

Divis and the Black Mountain, County Antrim 

Divis boasts some very dramatic views. Overlooking the city below and with magnificent views of Lough Neagh, the Mourne Mountains and Strangford Lough there is no better vantage point to take in the magnificent scenery that Northern Ireland has to offer. This dog friendly walk to the summit is the perfect route to energise and recharge after Christmas.

Frost covered view to Abbey from Studley Royal water garden
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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire 

Discover the winter landscapes of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. This five-mile trail takes you through the deer park and elegant Georgian water garden. The route offers views of Ripon, the distant North York Moors and the impressive ruins of Fountains Abbey.

View down the historic avenue from Ham House's south gates
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Ham House and Garden, Surrey 

Leave your car at home and discover this beautiful walk, which links Ham House and Garden with Richmond Station. This four and a half mile circular route leads you from the urban bustle of Richmond town centre to a rural riverside walk along the Thames Path. See the only view in England protected by an Act of Parliament – the iconic view from Richmond Hill.

A winter walk at Ickworth
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Ickworth, Suffolk 

Take a winter wander around the Ickworth estate and travel through the centuries. During this two and a bit mile walk you can discover the site of a medieval village and the 13th-century origins of St Mary’s Church. See where a parsonage burnt down in the 16th century and marvel at the 18th-century grandeur of Ickworth House.

frosty garden killerton devon
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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.

Mottisfont in winter
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Mottisfont, Hampshire 

Sturdy footwear is needed for this winter walk through the Mottisfont estate. The six-mile route takes in farmland managed to allow wildlife including barn owls to thrive. The ancient woodland has been carefully preserved along with the historic village of Mottisfont itself.

Ice covered pond at Foxbury, New Forest, Hampshire
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Northern Commons, New Forest 

The New Forest heathlands are just as beautiful in winter as they are in summer. Try this four-mile walk on a crisp morning to see gorse bushes lit up with bright yellow flowers. Look out for frost-covered spiders' webs and steam rising from the noses of the New Forest ponies. You might also spot over-wintering birds of prey such as hen harriers, peregrines and merlins.

Winter fun at Sizergh
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Sizergh, Cumbria 

Take in views of the coast at Morecambe Bay, the Lakeland Fells and Pennines on this two and a half mile walk. As you make your way across this traditional agricultural estate, look out for hawfinches. These birds are best seen in winter when the trees have shed their leaves.

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.

Bridge over a river in the snow
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Wallington, Northumberland 

Enjoy an easy mile and a half walk combining nature and horticulture at Wallington. Meander through the West Wood and along the River Wansbeck, admiring the Palladian bridge, before returning via the walled garden. The route crosses the river over stepping stones but if conditions are icy or the river is too high there is an alternative route.