Download the Winter Walking Guide.
Ramblers groups across the UK are offering a selection of free festive walks to give everyone the chance to enjoy the wonderful winter landscape in good company, and to make new friends at a time of year when many people can feel lonely or isolated.
This year’s festival runs from Friday 21 December to Sunday 6 January. We invite everyone to join us in enjoying the best of Britain’s wintry landscapes.
Whatever your age or ability there’s a walk for you. We’ve got fun winter-themed walks that the little ones will love; leisurely strolls under 5 miles for people new to walking; and longer walks for those that want more of a challenge. For those of you who may be short on time or want a gentler stroll, why not join a health walk.
Find a walk near you.
If you don’t want to join a group walk, you can still get involved. Find your own winter walk with Ramblers Routes – our online library of over 2,750 walking routes. There’s everything from invigorating coastal walks to gentle strolls along country lanes, with printable, easy-to-read maps and simple route directions.
Each of the seasons has its own particular joys for the walker - and winter brings much to look forward to. It’s the joy of big scarves and open fires, frosty mornings and blazing evanescent sunsets, the crackle of ice on lakes and rivers. It may put the clocks back but it needn’t put the boots back.
Of course the winter days are short, but that doesn’t mean a walker can’t pack them with pleasure, and there are plenty of walks to choose from.
The Ramblers’ Festival of Winter Walks is supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery. Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We are delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are able to support the Ramblers with their Festival of Winter Walks, which we know will help thousands of people discover the joys of walking.”
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"As soon as I joined that group, my confidence just soared and it wasn’t long before I was leading walks myself."
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The Ramblers’ Festival of Winter Walks is funded thanks to the fantastic players of People's Postcode Lottery.