The temperature might have dropped but there’s nothing like a wintery walk to raise the spirits. Luckily for Brits, the UK is packed with staycation destinations with some incredibly beautiful winter walks.
The expert team at the National Trust have shared some of their favourite locations for a winter walk.
A team member said: “From beautiful gardens criss-crossed with paths to tracks through ancient woodland, the National Trust has a winter walk to suit everyone.”
Tourists heading out on a wintery walk should make sure to wrap up warm, stick to designated footpaths and check the weather forecast before heading out.
So where are the best National Trust locations to explore this winter?
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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
The team said: “The ruins of Fountains Abbey are truly something to behold, especially on a frosty winter’s day. Come face to face with some of the oldest abbey ruins in the country and explore vaulted ceilings, grand columns and an imposing tower.
“From the abbey follow the gentle banks of the River Skell down to the 18th-century Water Garden, which has been channelled into canals, cascades and tranquil moon ponds.
“From here riverside paths lead to the deer park, home to Red, Fallow and Sika deer and ancient trees; limes, oaks, and sweet chestnuts.”
One of England’s largest and best preserved Cistercian monasteries, Fountains Abbey is an impressive sight. Dogs are also welcome on a short lead.
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The team said: “Covering nearly 13,500 acres of countryside, the Wallington Estate includes miles of footpaths, 15 tenanted farms, and the village of Cambo.
“Get active on a day out by strolling along one of the scenic walking trails or cycling the Dragon cycle trail. While you’re out, spot wildlife including red squirrels, otters and white-clawed crayfish.”
The Wallington Estate is a country house in Northumberland and the National Trust owns the whole estate, including its extensive woodlands.
Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
The team said: “Wicken Fen, one of Europe’s most important wetlands, supports an abundance of wildlife. There are more than 9300 species, including a spectacular array of plants, birds and dragonflies.
“Fenland winter sunsets are renowned, and the views across the Fen as dusk falls are magical, with light catching the tops of the reeds, and a low mist rising.”
Dogs under close control are allowed in some areas of Wicken Fen but only assistance dogs are allowed on the Boardwalk and Woodland Walk.
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