Best Winter Walks in the UK

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Winter walks in the UK are a great way to appreciate how much natural beauty we have in this country.

There are many different winter walks you could take this season in the UK. Whether you want a casual stroll through the countryside or a more energetic hike over the undulating landscape, there is certainly something for everyone.

Willow tree in the middle of the field covered in frost
Winter Walks in the UK

How can I walk more in the winter?

Many of us feel less inclined to walk during the cold season. The weather is often rainy, cold, and miserable. The daylight hours are shorter. Overall, we would prefer to be snuggled up under a blanket sipping on hot tea.

But the benefits of fresh air and physical activity are widely documented as being good for our health. Just getting in 30 minutes of a winter walk is likely to boost your spirits, and getting the blood pumping around your body.

The best way to walk more in the winter is to find beautiful walks. The lure of natural beauty is likely to be a good motivator to get your thermals on and take that winter walk.

Where can I go walking in the UK?

We are going to list some of our favourite winter walks below, but if you want to find more walking in the UK inspiration we can recommend the following resources:

sunrise in norfolk

Can you walk anywhere in England?

According to the Government website you can access some land across England without following designated paths only if they are designated ‘open access land’ or ‘access land’.

Access land includes mountains, moors, heaths and downs that are privately owned. It also includes common land registered with the local council and some land around the England Coast Path.

Your right to access this land is called the ‘right to roam’, or ‘freedom to roam’.

Some activities on this land are restricted, such as:

  • horse-riding
  • cycling
  • camping
  • taking animals other than dogs on to the land
  • driving a vehicle (except mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs)
  • water sports

Can you walk anywhere in Scotland?

The law is different in each of the UK countries. In Scotland, there is greater freedom in the right roam, giving you access to all inland land and waterways as long as used responsibly. More details on access in Scotland here.

Girl crossing over cold winter river with stepping stones
Winter walks


  1. St. James’ Park, London – 3 miles
  2. Bembridge, Isle of Wight – 4 miles
  3. Boscastle Harbour – 1 mile
  4. Woodchester Park boathouse walk – 3.5 miles
  5. Magna Carta Memorial & Windsor Great Park, Surrey/Berks – 8 miles
  6. Dedham/Flatford Constable Walk, Dedham Vale, Essex – 3½ miles
  7. Holkham, Norfolk – 4.8 miles
  8. Stonehenge & Durrington Walls, Wiltshire – 5 miles
  9. Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire – 2.5 miles
  10. Tintern Abbey & Devil’s Pulpit, Wye Valley, Monmouthshire – 3½ miles
  11. Dinefwr Park and Newton House, Carmarthenshire – 2.4 miles
  12. Mickleden valley trail, Lake District – 3.8 miles
  13. Haddon Hall, Derbyshire – 5.5 miles
  14. Eyam and Stoney Middleton, Peak District – 8 miles
  15. Chelmorton, Peak District – 6 miles
  16. Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire – 2.7 miles
  17. Brontë Walk, Haworth, Yorkshire – 8 miles
  18. The Twelve Apostles, West Yorkshire – 4 miles
  19. Holy Island Circuit, Lindisfarne, Northumberland –  6 miles
  20. Loch Morlich, Highland – 3.1 miles
  21. Red Trail, County Down – 1.5 miles

Remember to wrap up warm, wear layers, comfy shoes, and don’t forget your hat! 

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