Great walks to spice up your winter

Want to experience midwinter on Wales’ highest peak? Fancy a Christmas morning stroll to work up an appetite for the turkey? Our Festival of Winter Walks has this and plenty more in store from 21 December to 5 January.

Our volunteers have pulled out all the stops for this year’s festival and there over 1180 free, fun and open to everyone group walks on offer including leisurely rambles and more challenging hikes which are sure to burn off those mince pies and kick-start a healthy 2014.

Highlights of the festival include an early morning walk up Pen y Fan to see the winter solstice on 21 December with the Maesteg Ramblers, a bracing stroll along the South West Coast Path on Christmas Eve with the East Devon Ramblers and a climb to the impressive Darwen Tour on Boxing Day with the Lancashire Weekend Walkers.

There’s plenty going on in the New Year too including a woodland walk in the footsteps of Robin Hood and Friar Tuck on New Year’s Day with the Rushcliffe Ramblers, an inspiring outing alongside Loch Leven on 4 January with the Kinross & Ochil Ramblers and a meander along the River Usk with the Pontypool Ramblers on 5 January.

If you’re new to walking or are looking to improve your health then Walking for Health – England’s network of health walks schemes which we with Macmillan Cancer Support – will also be offering short walks during the festival. Take a look at the Walking for Health website to find a walking group near you.

And you can also plan your own walks to entertain family and friends over the festive season too using our online library of walking routes, which now includes over 1500 downloadable routes with something on offer for all ages, abilities and interests from good places to walk the dog to routes which take you through National Parks.

We’d love to hear about your winter walking experiences during the Festival of Winter Walks and throughout the festive season – tweet us @RamblersGB or post a photo from your walk on our Facebook page.