Love walking holidays? There’s no reason why the winter weather should stop you from getting outdoors this year. With the correct kit, a trusty Thermos flask and a thirst for adventure, you can take to the hills any time you like. Here’s our guide to the best winter walks around the UK.
1. Devon & Cornwall
Devon and Cornwall offer plentiful opportunities for escape-it-all rambles and walks. The Kimmeridge coastline is a particular gem with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast and great local atmosphere.
The area has been home to residents from Neolithic and Roman times and their influence can still be seen today. Look out, too, for Clavell’s Tower, a Tuscan-style tower built in 1830 as an observatory. It was once featured in a PD James novel.
In Plymouth, Mount Edgcumbe provides a scenic walk through the Rame Head Area, which has been officially named an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a rich history and the walk offers views of rivers, sea and harbour.
Our Travelodge Plymouth Hotel offers a welcoming and relaxing rest stop after a busy day in the great outdoors.
The flatlands of Norfolk offer a variety of winter walks, including coastal routes and woodland wanders. Head to Holt for a beautiful ramble out of the village and through the Holt Country Park where you will be surrounded by Scots pines and seasonal snowdrops that bloom throughout winter.
You can also visit the charming village of Leatheringsett along the way to view their working red-brick watermill, which still produces flour.
If you prefer coastal views, head to nearby Sheringham, where you can join the Norfolk Coastal Path, and visit Beeston Priory. Don’t miss the impressive maze and the dainty café for a quick tea break. Sheringham Park is a landscaped National Trust park with gardens that are also worth a visit.
There are several great rambles to take on in Essex, but Rainham Marshes has to be one of the best.
This RSPB reserve on the banks of the River Thames offers a magical escape from the hectic city. Old marshland and a variety of plants and trees offer plenty to keep nature-lovers busy. Keep your eyes on the sky to catch a glimpse of peregrine falcons. There’s also a hidden café where you can take a well-earned break. A full walk around the grounds should extend to roughly 2 miles. Stay at Travelodge Dartford.
The Scottish Highlands offer stunning walks that are possibly some of the best in the country. Just outside of Fort William, the West Highland Way offers a tricky walk on a route that is more than 90 miles long in total. The area also offers less intense walks for anyone looking for a gentle alternative that still takes in the rugged landscape.
Book a room at our Travelodge Fort William hotel for a comfortable stay in easy reach of the train station and right on the West Highland Way.
The coastal resort of Llandudno offers plenty of nature walks and outdoor activities. For a 9 mile walk with views of Conwy Castle and impressive Neolithic monuments, start out from Conwy Castle visitors centre. They will be able to give you a map and information on different walking options.
For a coastal walk, the 4-mile Nant y Gamar circular walk offers broad views of the Bay and Snowdonia. In fact, if the day is clear you may even be able to catch a glimpse of the Isle of Man. Our Travelodge Colwyn Bay hotel is close by, complete with king size beds that are perfect for resting travel-weary legs.