The days may be shorter and darker, but winter is still a wonderful time to head out for a walk.
The cold crisp days of winter are a magical time to go walking with transformed scenery and spectacular early sunsets. Getting out into the great outdoors can be a great way to escape the demands of the festive season for a few hours too. Luckily, our annual Festival of Winter Walks is back, from 23 December to 7 January, with plenty of winter walking inspiration.
From short, festive-themed strolls topped off with a sociable drink to more strenuous stretches to help boost your energy levels, there’s a walk to suit everyone - and they are all free to attend too.
Our Chief Executive, Vanessa Griffiths, said: “Winter is a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy your surroundings in the fresh air, but it can drop to the bottom of the list among all the competing demands of the holidays. Our Festival of Winter Walks offers an easy way to head out for a winter wander with friends and family.
“And if you feel like you’ve over indulged on turkey and mince pies, it’s a great way to help you kick start those New Year fitness resolutions too. If you need a little help in staying motivated, we’ve got just the thing. Sign up to our free online tracker, which allows you to log your walking activity and monitor your progress – a great way to make sure you keep walking.”
Whether you want to join in with a group walk in your area, or download one of our Ramblers routes to head out for a solo stroll or go for winter wander with family and friends, you can find all the details of how to get involved here.
Vanessa added: “A foray out into the cold, fresh air is the perfect winter mood enhancer. And with such a diverse range of walks on offers, what starts out as a one-off Christmas or New Year walk could lead to life-long friendships and a serious walking habit.”
The Festival of Winter Walks is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery to help everyone, everywhere enjoy walking.
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.”