Get in the festive spirit with ViewRanger’s winter walks

Posted on 12/12/2016

Winter is a great time to get outside as the landscape is completely different to any other time of year. Wrap up warm and spend quality time with family and friends with our selection of winter walks throughout the UK: choose from exploring quaint festive towns or braving the snowy mountains! If you’re looking for peaceful, family routes or you’re an experienced climber, we have a route for you.


1. Around Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire (FREE)northyorkshire.jpg

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 5.55 miles
By Simon Allen/Rudby Photographic

A circular walk of 5.5 miles around Roseberry Topping - avoiding the most popular routes! The woods at the start of the walk are criss-crossed by paths giving you plenty of opportunities to explore. The route gives you a beautiful view of the back of Roseberry Topping – which is particularly photogenic during autumn & winter sunsets, as you can see in the route image by the author. See more photos of the walk here.

Best for: Stunning winter sunsets
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exmoor.jpg2. Blue Ball Inn, Exmoor (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 8.11 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine

For us outdoorsy types, we’re more than happy to wrap up warm during the winter months for a bracing walk in a stunning location...as long as there’s a cosy pub offering real ales and a roaring fire at the end. This tough but rewarding circular walk includes all these ingredients

Best for: A rewarding pint!
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3northernireland.jpgNational Trust Runkerry Trail, Northern Ireland (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.83 miles
By National Trust

The National Trust Runkerry Trail allows you to enjoy stunning views over Giant's Causeway without the crowds! This route is great for families and dog walkers.

Best for: Coastal views
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4. west berkshire.jpgWest Berkshire villages (£)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.53 miles
By Walkingworld Ltd

This undemanding family walk features two picturesque Berkshire villages, plenty of Christmas trees, interesting countryside and an award-winning brewery with a shop! Plus, it's all in the North Wessex Downs AONB.

Best for: A family walk
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5. snowdonia wales.jpgCadair Idris, Snowdonia, Wales (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Hard
Length: 9.64 miles
By Trail Magazine

Next to Snowdon, Cadair Idris must be Snowdonia’s most popular peak – avoid the crowds and take this route, which approaches the mountain from the west. A winter challenge!

Best for: Mountain lovers
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6. peebles.jpgPeebles, Scottish Borders (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 4.03 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine

Peebles is a charming Scottish Borders town, home to several scenic walks and the perfect location for a Christmassy day out! This superb route follows the River Tweed through delightful parkland and woodland to reach a stunning viewpoint.

Best for: Breath-taking, snowy views
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7. Ttring.pngring, Hertfordshire (£)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.17 miles
By Chiltern Society

From the pretty market town of Tring, climb the Chilterns to Hastoe, enjoying extensive views over the town to the hills beyond. Return through beautiful Tring Park, with its wonderful mature trees, parkland and a few follies.

Best for: A peaceful stroll
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8. helm crag.jpgJulia Bradbury’s Wainwright Walk: Helm Crag, Lake District (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 1.79 miles
By Julia Bradbury/The Outdoor Guide

As seen on Julia Bradbury’s television series Wainwright Walks, this walk begins at the heart of Grasmere village, and through the National Trust estate at Allan Bank. You get great views across Easedale Beck to Easedale Tarn and the waterfall of Sour Milk Gill. 

Best for: A family climb
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9.Ben Lomond Scotland.jpg Ben Lomond, Scotland (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Hard
Length: 7.11 miles
By Trail Magazine

Ben Lomond, with snow on. Where else to be in dull December? Not to be underestimated - sprinkle Ben Lomond with snow, let that snow harden up a bit, and its last half mile of summit ridge looks like a mountain.

Best for: A Christmas challenge
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Do you have any route recommendations, or did you try out one of these routes? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

Remember to be careful when hiking during winter; read NJ Hiking’s winter hiking tips

 

 

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