Winning tip: Conic Hill, Loch Lomond
Overlooking the quaint village of Balmaha, Conic Hill is the proper stroll for these brief wintry days. A mere hour’s drive from Glasgow transports you into the recent, pure environment of Loch Lomond’s jap shores. The fairly easy route begins and ends in the back of the primary automobile park. If you may prise your eyes from the unbelievable views of the loch, islands and distant Arrochar Alps, it may be achieved in about three hours. Afterwards, slink throughout the highway for the Oak Tree Inn’s beer-battered haddock (£12.95), a wee dram and a well-earned relaxation.
Nash Point, Glamorgan
The heritage coast of Glamorgan is a gem, offering the whole lot you possibly can presumably need from a winter stroll. Towering Triassic sea cliffs, wooded valleys and secluded coves. The lighthouses at Nash Point (the final in Wales to be automated) between Cardiff and Swansea are wealthy within the historical past of a coast infamous for wrecks. To hear the now-obsolete foghorn, go to on the primary Saturday or third Sunday of the month. This is without doubt one of the extra exhilarating sections of the Wales Coastal Path.
Arthur’s Seat and Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh
Instead of going to the highest of Arthur’s Seat from Holyrood Park Road, go around the hill anti-clockwise. Take one of many footpaths (greater on the hill than Queen’s Drive) eastward because it curves spherical. At the tip you attain a discipline with a wall which you observe all the way down to the village of Duddingston. Warm your soggy ft on the Sheep Heid pub, near Duddingston Loch. At this 14th-century inn you may reward your endeavours with a Sunday roast and an ale, in addition to skittles or a board game. The stroll takes not more than 30 minutes with most reward however it does get chilly in Edinburgh so you could as nicely deal with your self.
Haystacks-Honister, Lake District
Photograph: Alistair Moore
You can’t beat the stroll from Honister slate mine to Haystacks within the depths of winter. This nice route follows the previous tram tracks to Black Beck and Innominate tarns. You’re rewarded with a panoramic view of the western fells and Buttermere and Crummock lakes. On a transparent chilly day it presses the pause button on life, clears the thoughts and refreshes the soul. Coupled with an evening in Keswick with household and a pint of Old Peculiar within the Dog & Gun pub and I’m in heaven.
Hamlets and birds, east Yorkshire
Hotham, North Cave and South Cliffe are three picturesque villages within the East Riding of Yorkshire splendid for exploring alongside discipline headlands, tracks and minor roads. There are superbly restored church buildings, the parklands of Hotham Hall, and evocatively named farms: Duck Nest, Bunny Hill and Snake Hall. Stop off in North Cave Wetlands for birdwatching and refreshments on the Wild Bird caravan or reward your self with a late lunch on the cosy Hotham Arms. Walks of various lengths could be deliberate with the help of OS Landranger 106 map.
Hazlewood Moor, North Yorkshire
Park at Storiths hamlet (OS grid ref 081 54) off the A59 east of Skipton and observe the observe to the Hazlewood Moor entrance. This step by step ascends providing pretty views throughout the valley. Bolton Abbey is to the west and is a well-liked attraction however Hazlewood Moor is a desolate place. The observe descends to the ford at Pickles Gill. Follow the observe climbing to a junction; hold to the left and descend to Bolton Park Farm and a highway. Turn left up for a brief climb to Storiths and maybe a cuppa and a bacon buttie (£three.50) at Buffers Coffee Shop. The stroll is three.5 miles in complete.
Gargrave to Malham, North Yorkshire
A tad greater than a stroll, the 5 miles from Gargrave to Malham takes in essentially the most enticing riverside sequence of the Pennine Way, even within the winter. Get a cuppa and 1 / 4 of sweets on the Dalesman cafe and candy emporium by the bridge, then have a have a look at St Andrews Church, spared by the Scots throughout border troubles due to its title. Then head again over the river Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, by way of woods and pasture land, to rejoin the Aire. Its meanderings will take you previous an previous squatter’s home, and a mill as soon as owned by Bolton Priory, till at Badger House, with its exceptional climate vane, you head for the limestone crags of Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, and the pleasant pubs of Malham village just like the Buck Inn and the Lister Arms.
Mountain views, Offa’s Dyke
Monmouthshire, previous Abergavenny and into the Vale of Ewyas. Park by the ruins of Llanthony Priory. Take the path behind the 12th-century Augustinian monastery, following indicators to Hatterrall Hill (east), slippery within the chilly, however well-trodden by animals. At the highest, be a part of Offa’s Dyke path and head north-west. On one aspect is mild Herefordshire, on the opposite the Black Mountains and wild Brecon Beacons. After a few miles, take the observe to the left, which leads steeply again all the way down to the Priory, and take refuge within the undercroft, which homes the comfortable lodge bar. About four.5 miles in complete.
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The Royal Arms, Sutton Cheney
Starting a stroll on a crisp clear sunny morning beneath the massive white boar flag of King Richard III, flying proudly on the summit of Ambion Hill within the coronary heart of England, would elevate anybody’s spirit. Take within the views of frosted fields under – the realm the place the appalling battle of 1485 came about – and march down by way of Ambion Wood’s shaded paths, pale rays glinting by way of tall timber, to the Ashby de la Zouch canal. Hardy souls, dwelling on superbly painted houseboats, greet you cheerily as they sit wrapped up, consuming steaming mugs of espresso. Carry on in the direction of Sutton Cheney village, previous an previous church, in the direction of the log fires and medieval furnishings of the Royal Arms Pub, the place armchairs, hearty meals and native beer await you.
Bredon Hill Walk, Worcestershire
You can begin this stroll from the attractive village of Overbury, passing by way of the Overbury property. It is pretty steep route of round 2.5 miles, which takes you to the summit of the hill (and the small stone tower referred to as Parsons Folly) with a rewarding view over of elements of the Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills. On your return, two nice pubs with craft beer and good meals are simply down the highway, the Crown Inn at Kemerton and Yew Tree at Conderton.
Kingley Vale, West Sussex
Kingley Vale reserve close to Funtington, West Sussex, is a nature lover’s paradise with woodpeckers, crimson kites and buzzards. In summer time months the density of butterflies is a delight. Winter strolling is made simpler by the chalk paths that wind up the hillside amongst 500-year-old yew timber. When you attain the highest, you’re greeted with two huge bronze age barrows and a wide ranging view of the South Downs. It’s a great two-hour stroll to the highest and again however be sure to come down earlier than nightfall because the woods are mentioned to be haunted.
Walk by way of Promenade Park and out alongside the riverfront to the statue of Bryrhtnoth, the Saxon ealdorman of Essex defeated and killed by Vikings in 991. Views of St Mary’s Church and moored Thames barges together with quite a few birds on the estuary make for a attention-grabbing and ever-changing backdrop. Snow and frost give add further ambiance to the evocative scene.