Boxing Day and New Year walks are one of the most popular activities to start off the year, whatever the British weather throws at us.
To keep the family interested, we recommend you explore a new walking route this year.
We’ve suggested a few to start you off but you could also look for new routes in your area using ViewRanger’s search tool at: www.my.viewranger.com. This provides routes from over 400 publishers, each with information on the length and difficulty of the walk.
Jim Storer’s Seals Walk, Donna Nook, Lincolnshire
This time of year is fantastic for seeing wildlife, and Jim Storer says his beach walk at Donna Nook is the perfect place to see a Grey Seal Breeding Colony during November and December, with up to 4000 seals. This is a great opportunity to take the children to see these beautiful animals and local volunteers are on hand to answer any questions and ensure you don’t get too close!
If you want to find out more about Jim’s recommendation then click here.
Gerry Day’s Pub Walk, Alstonefield, Derbyshire
A quick break for a drink and a bite to eat on a New Year walk is an essential and Gerry Day recommends The George pub on his walk in Alstonefield. The walk takes in some beautiful river paths along the River Dove, up to The George pub, which has some delicious menu choices, real ales and a log fire to warm up.
To find out more about Gerry’s pub walk click here.
Douglas Long’s Waterfall Walk, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales
A close encounter with a waterfall can be exhilarating and there are plenty of opportunities to do so on Douglas Long’s Waterfall Walk. There are four waterfalls on his 11 mile hike, including one that you can walk behind. The altitude profile of the route also shows this is a good fitness test with lots of ups and downs!
If you fancy a walk almost guaranteed to get the heart racing then click here for more information.
Helen C’s Horse Ride, Epping Forest, Essex
If you don’t want to leave your horse out of the action on New Year’s Day, Helen C has suggested a great ride in the ancient Epping Forest. The route sticks to surfaced tracks, making it ideal for riding in the winter. A permit is required to ride in Epping Forest which you can purchase from the visitor’s centre. Of course, if you don’t have a horse, at 10 miles this is still a great route for any keen walkers.
If you fancy seeing the beautiful autumn leaves at Epping Forest you can find more information and pictures from the walk here.
Steve Goldthorp’s Mountain Ascent Walk, Stirling, Scotland
For the ‘hard-core’ walkers amongst you there is also Steve Goldthorp’s walk up to the top of Ben Lomond – 974 metres. The ascent is steep, but Steve says there are some spectacular views of the surrounding area from the top. However, Steve warns this route is not for the faint hearted during winter when it requires crampons and an ice axe to get to the top safely!
If you have the correct safety gear and fancy a challenge on New Year’s Day then this is the walk for you. To find out more click here.
Whatever walk you decide to go on for New Year’s Day, make sure you wrap up warm and tread carefully on the ice.
If you track your route with ViewRanger while you go, it is easy to upload it as a route to www.my.viewranger.com so others can enjoy your favourite walk too.