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‘Frost glazes the reeds and bushes’: 10 UK winter walks steered by readers | United Kingdom holidays



Gorge-side stroll in Brunel’s Bristol

Begin within the Christmas-card-perfect Clifton village, with its boutique outlets and cafes, then enterprise to the observatory, the place Brunel’s suspension bridge lies earlier than you. Observe the contours of the gorge for extra precipitous views, recognizing climbers, peregrine falcons and goats alongside the way in which. Proceed to the ocean wall and you can be rewarded with sundown views over distant Wales. Observe the winding street again throughout the broad and exquisite Downs, sundown at your again.

Pennines pastoral to Alston, Cumbria

Hartside Moor near Alston.
Hartside Moor close to Alston. {Photograph}: John Morrison/Alamy

With the Lake District so standard, Cumbria’s North Pennines Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence to the east is a quieter different for walkers. Isaac’s Tea Path hyperlinks Alston, one in every of England’s highest market cities, with beautiful Allendale. It winds beside the little River Nent; stone farmhouses mixing into the panorama, barn owls skimming walled pastures. 100 steps down by means of woods, Nent Corridor or Lovelady Protect provide warming brews, then walkers can watch water sliding beneath the ice because the footpath continues previous waterfalls for the 2 miles to Alston.

Heritage and coastal magnificence, Cornwall

Towanroath Pump Engine House at Wheal Coates.
Towanroath Pump Engine Home at Wheal Coates. {Photograph}: Andrew Ray/Alamy

The South West Coast Path has many nice walks however our native is from Trevaunance Cove, in St Agnes, up alongside the headland in the direction of Chapel Porth Seashore. Passing the realm’s mining heritage, there’s a spectacular view in the direction of Godrevy lighthouse and St Ives as you come over the forehead of the cliff path approaching Wheal Coates engine home ruins. As soon as at Chapel, you possibly can cease for a “croque” sandwich on the cafe earlier than strolling alongside the seaside at low tide to Porthtowan village.

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Strolling a broad, Norfolk

Whitlingham Broad.
Whitlingham Broad. {Photograph}: Tosh/Alamy

Whitlingham Broad is a beautiful place to stroll at any time of 12 months, however significantly in winter when frost glazes the reeds and bushes, and it’s all mirrored within the waters of the broad. There’s a path that takes you around the broad, which is appropriate for many walkers. The sight and sound of the plentiful waterfowl and different birds will add to your enjoyment as you stroll. There’s additionally a small cafe in a barn for a sizzling drink on the finish.
Sarah Warren

Historical past, and hounds, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Looking from Rodborough Common towards Woodchester.
Wanting from Rodborough Frequent in the direction of Woodchester. {Photograph}: Mike South/Alamy

Our favorite stroll is throughout Rodborough Frequent on the hills above Stroud in Gloucestershire. It presents nice views throughout the River Severn to Wales. Within the valley under is Woodchester, the positioning of the villa of a Roman governor. Buried there’s what’s considered the second largest Roman mosaic in Europe. Neither will be seen now, but that historical past nonetheless haunts the stroll. There’s additionally the Canine Tree. Yearly the locals adorn it with Christmas decorations. Folks add poignant messages about their canines who’ve handed away. It brings a tear to your eye.
Andy Ferrari

Discover the Monk’s Moors, Northumberland

Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland.
Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland

The eerie moors above Blanchland, together with Monk’s Moor, are at their finest in winter. The low solar casts lengthy shadows over frosty heather, and the almost-human calls of grouse echo. Head north from Blanchland and switch south-west at Slaley forest on the Carriers’ Solution to expertise the moment quiet from the duvet of pine bushes. The silence is interrupted solely by robins hopping from tree to tree and deer galloping between them. When the trail meets the River Derwent, observe the valley again to Blanchland the place a pint awaits in entrance of the roaring hearth on the Lord Crewe Arms.
Lauren Shields

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