Winter walks in the Home Counties

Now is the perfect time to reintroduce yourself to nature following the busy festive season by blowing away the cobwebs with a brisk walk. These routes are the perfect antidote to a jolly but sedentary Christmas and will help to get hearts racing and cheeks flushed, leaving you ready for a hot chocolate by the fire at the end of the day.

Chiltern Hills

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Image: Chris Reynolds

If you’re located near Chiltern Hills, there are a number of activities right on your doorstep. The children will love to wander through Wendover Woods, which looks particularly magical during winter. The woodland is maintained by the Forestry Commission, and there are five suggested trails that will take you through the trees.

Walking difficulty: Easy

 

Ray Mill Island

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Image: Motmit

Once the home of a flour mill, Ray Mill Island is now a park and garden maintained by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. It’s a lovely idea to meander around the perimeter of the park and visit the Aviary and Guinea Pig enclosure to say hello to the animals.

Walking difficulty: Easy

Barley Mow Wood

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Image: Barley Mow Wood, from the Woodland Trust website

This beautiful woodland is situated in the village of Knaphill and managed by the Woodland Trust. With over 48 different species of trees in the woods, you’re sure to have a fascinating walk.

Walking difficulty: Easy, but slightly harder in wet weather

 

Windsor Great Park & Windsor Castle

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Image: Peter Trimming, from geograph.org.uk

Take the historic Long Walk, three miles down the Avenue, with Windsor Castle at the end of the trail. Alternatively, you could walk around the 13 acres of land surrounding Windsor Castle and revel in the 900-year history of the location.

Walking difficulty: Easy

We’ve put together a list of useful sites for more winter walk inspiration, take a look below:

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