10 OF THE BEST WINTER WALKS

Shake off those cobwebs with a breath of fresh air on a wonderful winter walk. There's nothing like some stunning scenery to get you feeling invigorated for the year ahead! Here are some of our favourite from around the Flybe network...

Lawrenny Walk, Pembrokeshire (Cardiff)

Lawrenny Walk, Pembrokeshire (Cardiff)

The Lawrenny walk is a 3 mile circular course, taking you through the steep-sided ancient oak woodland of Lawrenny and along the tidal creeks of Garron Pill and the Cresswell river. Whatever the weather, this walk is a good one to do. You start and finish at Lawrenny quay. This is a dog frienly route, and is will take about 1 hour 45 mintues. Visit the National Trust website to find out more about this walk. 

 

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The Waterleidingduinen, Zandvoort, Holland (Amsterdam)

The Waterleidingduinen, Zandvoort, Holland (Amsterdam)

Zandvoort, about 30 minutes from Amsterdam, is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of deciduous forests, dunes and beaches. Start at the railway station and walk part of the way through the centre of Zandvoort, a pleasant seaside resort, before entering the northerly part of the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen (Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes). You may spot deer, foxes and cormorants, and there are panoramic views from the dune ridges. Your way back to the starting point leads over a beautiful section of the Zandvoort beach. 

 

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Bedgebury National Pinetum, Goudhurst, Kent (London Gatwick)

Bedgebury National Pinetum, Goudhurst, Kent (London Gatwick)

Most woodlands are not at their best in winter, but conifers are as green as ever. Bedgebury has the most complete collection of conifers anywhere in the world and is extra-special in the snow.  It’s particularly magical in the snow. Take a map and mobile phone with you for your walk – it’s been known for people to get lost!

 

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Whitlingham Broad, Norwich (Norwich)

Whitlingham Broad, Norwich (Norwich)

Just outside Norwich, this man-made broad is surrounded by a country park and makes for a lovely walk. You’ll see plenty of wildfowl along the way along with the ruins of an old manor house and Norfolk’s oldest lime kiln. If you’re feeling energetic, you can follow the Wherryman’s Way beyond the broad, across fields and through woods to Surlingham. Read more at Visit Norfolk.

 

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The Ernest Bassett Walk, Dartmoor (Exeter)

The Ernest Bassett Walk, Dartmoor (Exeter)

Devised by a keen Dartmoor walker and founder member of the Dartmoor Rescue Group, this walk is intended as an easy introduction to the area’s natural attractions. Beginning in Okehampton on the shoulder of Dartmoor, the walk covers the historic architecture and an old waterwheel before continuing along paths, fields and through woodlands, leading to the East Okement River. The scenic route passes by small waterfalls and still pools, before continuing in a climb to East Hill where, on a clear day, walkers will see fantastic views across to Exmoor and an almost aerial view of Okehampton, before returning to the town. This walk is up to 5 miles depending on route. Visit the Visit Devon website for more information. 

 

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Imber Village, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire (Southampton)

Imber Village, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire (Southampton)

Imber was a small farming village in the middle of Salisbury Plain, housing several hundred residents. It had a church, four farms, a blacksmith, two big houses, about 40 cottages, some newly built houses and a pub called The Bell Inn. Deserted since 1943, when it was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence for army training, access is only permitted on a few days each year. So take advantage of the open period between Christmas and the New Year to walk around this curious Wiltshire village.

 

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Cavedale and Winnats Pass, Derbyshire (Manchester)

Cavedale and Winnats Pass, Derbyshire (Manchester)

The Peak District is perfect walking country. This walks starts at Castleton and takes in the lovely, secluded Cave Dale limestone valley, to Winnats Pass and Mam Tor, the site of a major Bronze/Iron Age fort, known as The Shivering Mountain due to the unstable shale face. At its foot can be found the Blue John Mine and the Treak Cliff Cavern, and, nearby the Speedwell Cavern, all open to the public.

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Port Path, Portstewart to Portrush, Northern Ireland (Belfast)

Port Path, Portstewart to Portrush, Northern Ireland (Belfast)

This walk is worth doing for the spectacular coastal scenery, with views out to Donegal and the Scottish isles, as well as points of interest along the way. You’ll pass St Patrick’s Well, Portnahapple sea pool, an old ice house and a Dominican convent. The sandy beaches of Portstewart Strand and West Strand are more peaceful in winter. This walk is 6.5 miles (one way) and is dog friendly. More information on Walk NI

 

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The Middle Dart Valley Walk, Totnes, Devon (Exeter)

The Middle Dart Valley Walk, Totnes, Devon (Exeter)

This route is perfect for winter as the trail follows surfaced paths and lanes, so if it’s snowy or been a little wet the going will still be easy, and there is just one gentle climb and no stiles – perfect for families and those looking for an easier stroll.

Beginning and ending at Totnes, the walk passes along the River Dart through the Dartington Hall Estate, where there are lovely views over the Middle Dart Valley. Walkers could stop off at Dartington Hall or the Dartington Press Centre nearby for refreshments and then the walk continues along lanes and through woodland, where walkers will pass by the working waterwheel before returning to Totnes. Find out more about this walk with Visit Devon.

 

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