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20 best Boxing Day walks: From the rugged coast of Cornwall to the Black Down Hills

View east at dawn at Black Cap, South Downs, East Sussex. (Photo: National Trust)

Compiled by Andrew White

Carne Seashore to Portloe, Cornwall

Begin/End: Carne seashore automotive park, Veryan

Distance: four miles

Time: 2.5 hours

Problem: Medium

Carne is probably the best seashore in Cornwall – definitely for canine, who’re in a position to run free right here. This double-loop takes in a stunning wooded valley, a Bronze Age barrow, a Second World Conflict decoy bunker and spectacular coastal views from the edge of Nare Head. The stroll follows properly outlined public footpaths in addition to choosing up the large South West Coast Path twice on its double loop.

nationaltrust.org.uk/roseland/trails/nare-and-back-again

Tintagel, Cornwall

Begin/End: Tintagel Village automotive park

Distance: eight miles

Time: four hours

Problem: Medium

A set of three round walks round the pretty village of Tintagel on the north coast of Cornwall. Anticipate greater than a splattering of historical past and delightful views out throughout the sea – and probably seals round Wilapark. Barras Nostril was the very first bit of shoreline purchased by the Nationwide Belief in 1897. Observe although, the well-known fort can be closed for development of a brand new footbridge. The stroll follows public footpaths and roads, in addition to the South West Coast Path.

southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/207/

Ashdown Forest, East Sussex

Begin/End: Automotive Park at Gills Lap

Distance: 2 miles

Time: 1½ hours

Problem: Straightforward

Well-known for being the actual life inspiration and setting for A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh tales, this stroll takes in a variety of locations talked about in these tales – though some of the names have been modified somewhat on the approach. The actual 5 Hundred Acre Wooden is Pooh’s 100 Acre Wooden. Take pleasure in an actual household stroll right here, made all the extra magical with a studying in The Enchanted Place, in any other case generally known as Gills Lap Clump.

highweald.org/downloads/publications/exploring-the-high-weald/walks-on-ashdown-forest/960-walk-1-pooh-walks-from-gills-lap/file.html

View east at dawn at Black Cap, South Downs, East Sussex. (Photo: National Trust)View east at daybreak at Black Cap, South Downs, East Sussex. (Photograph: Nationwide Belief)

Black Down, South Downs Nationwide Park

Begin/End: Tennyson’s Lane Nationwide Belief automotive park

Distance: 2 miles

Time: 1½ hours

Problem: Straightforward

Comply with in the footsteps of Alfred Lord Tennyson in the panorama he beloved – the Black Down Hills. Uncover one of the best views in Britain’s latest Nationwide Park, the South Downs. It’s an excellent stroll for households because it travels via woodland and heathland to the fabulously named Temple of the Winds, the place there’s an amazing viewpoint of the entire space. Don’t miss the numerous lavatory ponds on the means and the gorse, heather and silver birch.

nationaltrust.org.uk/black-down/trails/south-downs-black-down-temple-of-the-winds-walk

Dorchester to Abingdon, Dorchester

Begin/End: Automotive park at Dorchester

Distance: 7¾ miles

Time: four hours

Problem: Straightforward

The Thames Path is an typically missed long-distance gem, following the river from supply to sea. This part takes in some pretty surroundings alongside the means – though sections of it may be fairly boggy. Additionally, it’s a linear stroll, so on Boxing Day, strolling with a pal with a automotive at the finish is perhaps a good suggestion. The stroll begins in Dorchester and travels out by way of Bridge Finish to be a part of the Thames Path, which you comply with to Abingdon. It stays on the left-hand financial institution till it swaps over at Clifton Hampden Bridge and follows the Clifton Reduce of the Thames till reaching Abingdon Bridge.

nationaltrail.co.uk/thames-path/routes

Cromer Lighthouse Round Stroll, Norfolk

Begin/end: The Pink Lion pub, Cromer

Distance: 5¼ miles

Time: three hours

Problem: Straightforward

Cromer used to be the finish of the Norfolk Coast Path, and this route takes a stroll over a small half of it – in addition to a piece of the Paston Means, a path which hyperlinks up 16 church buildings. Uncover the uncommon design of the Cromer Lighthouse, inbuilt 1833, and a few expansive coastal vistas. Ranging from the Purple Lion, the stroll follows the promenade after which the seashore, earlier than heading up the 236 steps to the prime of the cliff.

explorenorfolkuk.co.uk/cromer-lighthouse.html

Carne beach, Cornwall. (Photo: National Trust)Carne seashore, Cornwall. (Photograph: Nationwide Belief)

Monsal Path, Peak District

Begin/end: Automotive Park at Minffordd

Distance: eight.5 miles

Time: four hours

Problem: Straightforward

The Monsal Path is a traffic-free wander for walkers in the center of the Peak District. Formally an previous railway line, the route is pretty distinctive by method of going by way of a number of of the unique railway tunnels. Be a part of the route wherever you would like, however keep in mind you’ll want to think about strolling again, as it’s a linear route. Properly maintained paved paths make this an easy-going route by way of the lush Peak District panorama. Strolling throughout the viaduct at Monsal Head is an exhilarating expertise.

peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/trails/monsaltrail

The Wrekin, Shropshire

Begin/end: Automotive park at Ercall Wooden Native Nature Reserve

Distance: eight miles

Time: three hours

Problem: Medium

Climb just a little mountain created by an indignant big to comply with in the footsteps of Bronze Age individuals, see the “world’s worst-built motorway” and uncover how previous rocks constructed a New City. Oh, and a radio transmitter too. All what makes The Wrekin. The stroll treks via forests earlier than elevating up to the summit of The Wrekin by way of its north-east flank and to the stays of the hill fort on prime.

discoveringbritain.org/actions/west-midlands/walks/wrekin.html

Excessive and Low Bradfield, South Yorkshire

Begin/end: Automotive park, The Sands, Low Bradfield

Distance: 2 miles

Time: 2 hours

Problem: Medium

The dual villages of Excessive and Low Bradfield are simply on the north-west edge of the Peak District Nationwide Park – and they’re a member of the Walkers are Welcome community. Clearly on a stroll between villages named Excessive and Low there’s a reasonably steep climb and an identical drop on the method again. Beginning in Low Bradfield, the stroll does a tour of the village earlier than climbing via the fields to Excessive Bradfield – with its view throughout the northern Peak District.

bradfield-walkers.org.uk/Walks/TwoVillages.html

The sun rises over grassy sand dunes at Spurn Point. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)The solar rises over grassy sand dunes at Spurn Level. (Photograph by Dan Kitwood/Getty Photographs)

Spurn Level, East Driving, Yorkshire

Begin/end: Automotive Park at Kilnsea

Distance: 1 mile

Time: 1 hour

Problem: Straightforward

If coastal erosion continues at its current ranges, the skinny strip of land which is Spurn Level is on borrowed time. It’s one of Yorkshire’s best nature reserves, and options spectacular wildlife and unimaginable views. Canine, nevertheless, are usually not allowed right here, so it’s best to maintain your canine pals at residence. Clear paths and signage explaining what you may see alongside the approach – along with the brief distance – makes for an ideal household stroll.

visithullandeastyorkshire.com/Hull-Spurn-Head-Walks/particulars/?dms=three&function=four&venue=2173292

Elter Water, Lake District

Begin/end: Langdale Property

Distance: four.5 miles

Time: 2.5 hours

Problem: Straightforward

The Lake District may need just about all the highest mountains in England, however it actually isn’t all about peaks – there are some unbelievable walks on the degree in the event you seek for them. And that is one of them. Beginning at the Langdale Property, it journeys via the village of Elterwater earlier than taking partially of the Cumbria Method for a simple stroll alongside and round the lake of Elter Water.

walksaroundbritain.co.uk/elterwater

Kielder Water, Northumberland

Begin/end: Automotive park at Leaplish

Distance: 6 miles

Time: three hours

Problem: Straightforward

There’s one thing about reservoirs that makes them good for strolling in winter – and Kielder Water is the mom of all reservoirs. With over 600sq km of forest and over 26 miles of shoreline to select from, Kielder Water and Forest Park has so many trails to select. This one is a round from Leaplish to Hawkhirst and follows well-maintained paths round the reservoir. Don’t miss Mounces Viewpoint, which offers epic views over the forest to the Scottish border.

northumberland-walks.co.uk/kielder-hawkhirst/index.htm

View from Salisbury Crags at sunset. Young man standing on a footpath along the cliffs at the top of a subsidiary spur of Arthur's Seat which rise on the west of Holyrood Park, overlooking Edinburgh. (Photo: ©VisitBritain/Andrew Pickett)View from Salisbury Crags at sundown. Younger man standing on a footpath alongside the cliffs at the prime of a subsidiary spur of Arthur’s Seat which rise on the west of Holyrood Park, overlooking Edinburgh. (Photograph: ©VisitBritain/Andrew Pickett)

St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire

Begin/end: Whitesands

Distance: four miles

Time: 1¼ hours

Problem: Medium

A stone’s-throw away from Wales’ smallest metropolis, St David’s, is that this superb coastal stroll round St David’s Head. Go to a four,000-year previous Neolithic burial chamber on the method, in addition to rather a lot of coastal wildlife. There’s fantastic views of Carn Llidi, the towering jagged outcrop, and to the rocky islands of Ramsey, Bishops and Clerks a number of miles out to sea. You’ll additionally see the lighthouse at Strumble Head from the prime, in addition to the peak of Garn Fawr above it.

nationaltrust.org.uk/st-davids-peninsula/trails/st-davids-head-coastal-walk

Cadair Idris, Mid Wales

Begin/end: Automotive Park at Minffordd

Distance: 6 miles

Time: 5 hours

Problem: Difficult

Should you’re an skilled walker, probably the best mountain in Britain is ready for you right here. This stroll to the “chair of Idris” is implausible, however it’s additionally the steepest, and isn’t waymarked for the most half – so that you’ll want to find a way to learn a map and be sporting correct gear. The stroll begins by way of an historic oak woodland and sees cascading waterfalls earlier than opening out on to the huge expanse of the mountain. The view from the prime is outrageous – however be ready for it to be considerably colder up there than on the floor.

naturalresources.wales/cadairidris?lang=en

Nice Orme, North Wales

Begin/end: Llandudno Railway Station

Distance: 5 miles

Time: three hours

Problem: Medium

It’s the headland protruding from the North Wales coast which is a fantastically bracing stroll in winter. Beginning at Llandudno station, there’s a number of totally different paths up to the summit – though the Summit Complicated and the Tramway will probably be closed on Boxing Day. However don’t let that put you off. Standing on the Nice Orme and soaking in the shoreline is a pleasure. The character reserve on the headland offers a feast of wildlife, and for historical past buffs the stroll passes the Nice Orme Mines.

walksaroundbritain.co.uk/thegreatorme

Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

Begin/end: Automotive park close to Holyrood Palace

Distance: three miles

Time: 2½ hours

Problem: Medium

The rocky summit of Arthur’s Seat dominates the Edinburgh skyline – and be in little question this can be a correct hill stroll, proper in the centre of the capital. It’s the stays of a long-extinct volcano with a summit of 251 metres, and though well-liked, it’s a true oasis of calm in the center of the metropolis. It’s properly signposted and the tracks are straightforward to discover. At the summit, there’s a powerful view out to the Firth of Forth.

walkhighlands.co.uk/lothian/arthurs-seat.shtml

View from the top of the limestone headland ridge The Great Orme, to Llandudno historic seaside resort and waterfront in North Wales. (Photo: ©VisitBritain/ Lee Beel)View from the prime of the limestone headland ridge The Nice Orme, to Llandudno historic seaside resort and waterfront in North Wales. (Photograph: ©VisitBritain/ Lee Beel)

Sandwood Bay, Highlands of Scotland

Begin/end: Automotive park at Blairmoor

Distance: 8¼ miles

Time: 5 hours

Problem: Medium

This can be a stroll of massive contrasts. Beginning out by way of bleak moorland and ending at probably the most lovely seashore in Scotland, if not Britain. There’s a mile of golden sands and dunes too, so there’s all the time the risk of a picnic beneath the big sea stacks. As for the route, it’s a primarily degree monitor however does have a pair of streams that are often straightforward to cross until it’s been very moist. All the land on this stroll is crofted and so canine must be stored on leads in order not to disturb livestock and floor nesting birds.

walkhighlands.co.uk/sutherland/sandwood-bay.shtml

Ardnamurchan Level, Highland, Scotland

Begin/end: Portuairk automotive park

Distance: 5 miles

Time: 2 hours

Problem: Medium

Many individuals will recognise the identify Ardnamurchan Level from the Delivery Forecast, and this stroll heads out to the well-known lighthouse and visits a stunning sandy seashore on the approach. It begins in Portuairk and provides an actual really feel of the rugged nature of this headland. The paths are sometimes muddy and pretty vague in locations, however it’s waymarked all through, so it is best to discover navigating an issue. The detour to the lighthouse follows a minor street all the approach, after which again to re-join the stroll.

walkhighlands.co.uk/fortwilliam/ardnamurchanpoint.shtml

Slieve Donard, Northern Eire

Begin/end: Donard Par automotive park

Distance: 6 miles

Time: 5 hours

Problem: Difficult

If the Mourne Mountains have been on the British mainland, they’d be as full of individuals strolling over their beautiful varieties as the Lake District is. However, as they’re in Northern Eire, they’re much less well-known. This stroll is to the highest peak in Northern Eire – Slieve Donard. It’s a forest trek for fairly some time earlier than opening out round the Glen River. At the spectacular construction of the Mourne Wall, flip left for the last push to the summit – and be ready for some superb vistas throughout the sea to the Isle of Man.

walkni.com/walks/344/slieve-donard-via-glen-river

Divis Mountain, Northern Eire

Begin/end: Divis Barn and Rangers Workplace

Distance: three miles

Time: 1½ hours

Problem: Difficult

Edinburgh isn’t the solely metropolis with a mountain on its doorstep… Belfast has the a lot greater summit of Divis. It’s a difficult climb and it’s very uncovered, travelling via blanket lavatory and open heath, however one which places the metropolis in fantastic context when you’re at the summit. Hollywood, Antrim and the Titanic Quarter are all seen from this excessive vantage level, as are the Lough Neagh, the mighty Stranford Lough and the Mourne Mountains.

nationaltrust.org.uk/divis-and-the-black-mountain/trails/divis-and-the-black-mountain-summit-trail

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