A lot of people think winter is a time to sit in front of the fire and avoid going outdoors at all costs – but rather than settling down in front of the TV, try going on some bracing winter walks to blow the cobwebs away! Winter can provide truly beautiful scenes for walking.
At a time of year when people can feel lethargic and even antisocial, a brisk walk in pleasant surroundings can make us feel much better. In Cornwall, there are some fabulous winter walks for people of all ages and abilities. Breathtaking coastal scenes are brought to life, as the wind whistles and the dramatic waves crash against the rocks.
So, wrap up warm and venture outdoors! You can choose from miles of woodland, coastal paths and beaches that stretch across this historic landscape.
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- Illuminated Garden, Saltram
For a truly magical festive walk, the Illuminated Garden at Saltram House is a wonderful experience for people of all ages. The National Trust property in the parish of Plympton boasts the most beautiful gardens all year round. During the festive period, they are illuminated with thousands of sparkling fairy lights to create a warm Christmas glow.
Glittering like a winter wonderland of festive cheer, the historic house, Lime Avenue, the Orangery and the best-loved mature trees will be brightly lit and sparkling. A new route through the exotic orange grove will be illuminated and there’s even an interactive area, where visitors can control the colours of the lights! The garden route is wheelchair-accessible too.
- Godrevy to Hell’s Mouth
This awe-inspiring coastal walk will leave you feeling exhilarated. Cliff-top pathways and stunning ocean views are part of the overall experience, as you walk around Godrevy headland to the picturesque Hell’s Mouth and back again.
Head out across the sand dunes and breathe in the fresh ocean air, as you take in the open heathland of the Knavocks on the way. The area has a fascinating history of shipwrecks and pirates and it’s easy to imagine you’ve stepped back in time, as you stroll through the unspoiled landscape.
If you’re lucky, you may see basking sharks, dolphins and seals in the Cornish waters, as you enjoy the wildlife on the winter landscape.
- Boscastle Harbour
Boscastle Harbour is a National Trust location surrounding the scenic village of Boscastle. The harbour nestles on the 40-mile north coast of Cornwall.
The historic village is a haven for walkers, who can take in the ancient harbour, the peaceful river, many sites of interest and the unique local shops. The one-mile walk begins at Boscastle car park and takes in the riverside footpath, a cluster of shops, the coastal path, the bridge and the old Victorian pool.
There are fabulous sea and coastal views, where walkers can spot lots of interesting local wildlife.
- Buckland Abbey, Devon
Buckland Abbey is open to visitors throughout the festive period until 5th January, closing only on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. It will then be open every weekend until full seasonal opening hours commence again in 2020.
Perfect for scenic woodland walks, with warming drinks waiting for you at the end of your adventure, there are miles of footpaths around the estate where walkers can wander freely. Alternatively, you could experience the peace and tranquillity of the garden.
The abbey is a 700-year-old National Trust property, where the meandering paths pass through farmland and woods, projecting stunning views of the wild landscape. There are three marked paths of various lengths, spanning from one mile to three miles, dotted with spots where visitors can stop and admire the scenery.
Wildlife includes deer and birds, which you will see en route if you’re lucky!
- Roundwood Quay
Passing through ancient parkland and along a picturesque oak-lined creek, why not take a secluded stroll around Trelissick to Roundwood Quay in Truro, on the designated walking trail? Cross the historic timber bridge to reach the ancient fort and quay at Roundwood. Enjoy maritime views and pretty woodland walks.
The one-mile route is an easy walk, for people of all ages and abilities, with the focal point being the welcoming house and gardens set in the country estate. The garden is home to exotic plants, framed by herbaceous borders. Walkers bringing their four-legged friends can enjoy the dog-friendly woodland walks across open parkland, where the views down the estuary to Falmouth are a must-see.
The most important tip for winter walks is to be prepared for the cold. This means wearing the correct clothing so your walk isn’t spoiled. There’s nothing worse than setting off for an adventure, only to find your enthusiasm severely dampened because you’re freezing cold!
Wear some waterproof and warm Wellington boots to keep you snug, no matter what the weather throws at you. Even if the weather is fine, remember the ground may be cold and damp, so make sure you wear warm socks! Good quality outdoor garments will protect you against the winter chill, and a weatherproof jacket, such as a waxed coat, will keep you dry if the heavens open up.
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