Winter walking is wonderful. The crisp air, natural daylight and blood-pumping briskness are good for both body and mind. But there’s also so much to see. Heading out on a hike, you can soak up the season’s best, from blissfully empty snow-sprinkled landscapes to wildlife spectacles that are truly world-class.
Here are our favourite collection of Ramblers Routes, perfect for the winter months.
They’re all free to view and come with printable OS maps – just register on our website to get started. And if you like these routes, there are thousands more to enjoy if you become a member.
This short circular walk takes you from St Giles Church in Noke through Oddington and Otmoor nature reserve, a vast area of wetland. Look out for rare species of butterflies, plants and insects.
This linear walk combines countryside and coastal walking, passing through a nature reserve and across marshland, with many fine views. Taking you through two copses, you might even spot a red squirrel.
This bewitching walk through Puck’s Glen takes you through beautiful woodland of tall pines, rowans redwoods, birch and oak, past waterfalls and over bridges, with views over the surrounding peaks from the highest point.
Stroll along the banks of the river Ouse to the centre of York and soak up the city’s rich and varied past. History buffs are spoilt for choice, with the Richard III and Henry VII experience all on route.
Appledore lies on the edge of the rich pastureland of Romney Marsh. This walk takes you along part of Saxon Shore Way, returning along a stretch of the Royal Military Canal path.
Take in the picturesque countryside of the Derbyshire Peak District with fantastic vistas over the Derwent and Wye Valleys and towards Bakewell. This walks follows part of the Monsal trail, which runs for along the former Midland Railway line to Blackwell Mill.
Treading through woodland, roaming over sand dunes, across the beach and through marram grass, there is plenty of varied flora and fauna.
Keep an eye out for New Forest ponies grazing on this walk from the pretty town of Brockenhurst, past St Nicholas’s church, through lovely Roydon Woods and across heathland.
Climb to the top of Sugar Loaf (Pen-y-Fal in Welsh), one of the highest peaks in the Black Mountains and enjoy glorious panoramic views including Skirrid Mountain to the east and the Brecon Beacons to the west.
Explore the mysterious standing stones at Avebury - the largest megalithic stone circle in the world. This atmospheric walk also takes you past Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow.
Lulworth Cove is a World Heritage Site famous for its unique geology, as well as the breath taking sea views. This walk is part of the South West Coast Path.
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Why not record your walks this winter as part of the Festival of Winter Walks? Walk routes like these, or go your own way. You can challenge your friends - and yourself - by walking this winter and earning up to 32 badges when you log your walks.