We’ve collected 6 great routes around East Anglia and London that are just crying out to be explored this Christmas. So between the last-minute shopping trips and the impromptu drop-ins from friends and family, why not get out and see the very best of East Anglia and London. Whether you follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror in Cambridgeshire or take a beautiful coastal path in Essex, you might just find a new favourite walk that’s right on your doorstep.
1. Wrabness, Essex
Starting at the railway station in the small village of Wrabness, this delightful route will take you through woodland and farmland, along coastal backwater with spectacular views and diverse birdlife to the completely secluded Irlam’s Beach, before looping back to Wrabness.
Wrabness – photo by © East Coast Events Guide River Stour – photo by © Colnes Angling Society
2. Halvergate Marshes, Norfolk
By Walkingworld (£)
Halvergate Marshes is a unique place that enjoys year-round seclusion and is especially quiet in winter. Entirely along tracks, across meadows and involving no road-walking at all, this route takes you alongside Breydon Water and the River Yare and is perfectly-paced for taking in the stunning scenery.
Halvergate Marshes – photo by © Jeremy halls Halvergate Marshes – photo by © Cameron Self
3. Felixstowe to Shotley Gate, Suffolk
By ViewRanger user Pete Hill
You’d be forgiven for not thinking of Felixstowe as your first choice for a Christmas walk, however this route starts with seafront roads and docks and leads you on to a lovely riverside path. Lanes and woodland paths then take you to Orwell Bridge and back down the river and sea wall to the end point, with stunning views from Shotley Gate. It’s a long one, so do it in stages or check the weather before you set out!
Orwell Bridge – photo by © Peter Hill Shoutley Gate – photo by © Oxymoron
4. Aldreth Causeway, Cambridgeshire (Countryfile Magazine)
By Countryfile Magazine
This fascinating walk in Cambridgeshire contains more than its fair share of history. In the 11th century the Isle of Ely was surrounded by water, swamps and marshes, and as part of his crusade William the Conqueror sought to conquer the isle. Enjoy the now-drained and solid fens with this route along the Aldreth Causeway, which follows part of the same route William the Conqueror took all those years ago.
Aldreth Causeway – photo by © Countryfile Aldreth Causeway – photo by © Keeppushingthosepedal
5. Barton and Pegsdon Hills, Bedfordshire
By the Chiltern Society
This route takes you through the heart of two of the finest nature reserves in the North Chilterns, linked by the ancient Icknield Way track. Starting and finishing at St Nicholas’ Church and boasting panoramic views and woodland, streams and chalk grassland, it’s home to species of plants and animals rarely spotted in the rest of the region.
Barton Hills – photo by © Chiltern Society Pegsdon Hills – photo by © Chiltern Society
6. Thames Path – London Bridge to Erith, London
By ViewRanger user Ian Mapp
Don’t miss this epic walk in the heart of London and take in all the classic views, away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers. Starting in London Bridge and enjoying views of Canary Wharf from three angles along a u-shape, you can always pepper this walk with a stop at one of the many pubs you pass along the way.
Thames River – photo by © Mattbuck Thames Path Bridge – photo by © Steve Daniels
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