It may be getting a little chilly on our beautiful isles, but that’s no reason to spend the next few months hibernating under the covers with a Netflix series.

A brisk and vigorous walk can do you the world of good. Walking has many health benefits and can boost emotional and physical well-being to leave you feeling happy and content.

We’ve scoured the land for our 5 favourite walks that offer adventure, exercise and an alternative (and affordable) activity you and the family can enjoy.

Have we missed one of your favourite treks? Let us know in the comments section below.

Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland

You don’t have to walks the full 73 miles of this historic fortification – unless you’re feeling particularly ambitious, that is. The Hadrian’s Wall route is peppered with historical points-of-interest and is regarded as a British cultural icon for good reason.

There are a number of isolated trails along the way that serve up a plethora of ruined forts and museums to pique your interest – and along with them a number of independent cafés that offer heart-warming food and beverages.

One of the most popular routes is the Corbridge Trail starting from the Roman Town of Corbridge before winding into the city of Newcastle to gift you a mix of breath-taking countryside and urban hustle and bustle.

Richmond Park, London

Winter walks in London? Really? As staggering as this may sound, London is home to a huge 2,500 acres of enclosed countryside that’s within touching distance of the city centre.

Wander the reaches of Richmond Park and you’ll be greeted with ancient trees, unique wildlife and even deer herds! You can also witness some of the city’s finest architecture from afar with views of the stunning St Paul’s Cathedral to be had.

Old Sarum, Wiltshire

Lovers of history will feel at home visiting Old Sarum in Wiltshire. Across 29 acres of beautiful Wiltshire countryside, you’ll discover Salisbury’s first cathedral, the Iron Age Hillfort and the Royal Castle which was built by William Conqueror.

Exploration is made easy thanks to a number of footpaths that wind-around countryside rich with history and many stories to tell. When you’ve finished exploring you can pop into the cathedral city of Salisbury and peruse Salisbury Museum, which is home to a host of interesting artefacts. 

Holyrood Park, Scotland

A list of stunning Winter Walks wouldn’t be complete without Holyrood, which overlooks the centre of Edinburgh. Scour an array of lochs, glens, hills and cliffs with both relaxing and dramatic scenery alike.

Holyrood Park hosts a scattering of eclectic interest-points, from Iron Age forts to picturesque medieval ruins. It’s also just a short 1-mile walk away from Edinburgh castle if you want to prolong your stay a little longer. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Gordale Scar and Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales

Stand atop Malham Cove and you’ll be treated to a broad viewpoint of stunning Dale scenery. Along your travels, you’ll also experience the rumbling Janet’s Foss waterfall, the rocky rawness of the Gordale Scar grove and the Dales’ famous rugged limestone pavements.

This is a truly picturesque part of the world dotted with quaint streams winding against a backdrop of impressive hillsides perfect for the adventurous among us.

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