Saturday 17th December marks the first day of The Festival of Winter Walks, an annual event organised by Ramblers that encourages you to pull on your wooly gloves and go for a glorious winter stroll.

This time of year has a bit of a reputation for being gloomy and grey. But in actual fact there’s an abundance of extraordinary walking locations that sparkle in December, and we want to point out a few of our favourite hiking routes across the country.

Here you go!

  1. Porlock Weir to Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor, Somerset (7 miles)

Visit Dunkery Beacon, the highest point in Exmoor, via a series of picturesque landscapes and quaint pubs. We recommend this hike on a clear day, so that you can enjoy a beautiful view of the north and south coast from the highest peaks.

Approximate total walking time: 2 hours 41 minutes.

Calories burned: 428

That’s equivalent to a battered cod from the local chippy!

2. The Three Priddy Droves walk, Mendip Hills, Somerset (4.5 miles)

Take in the Mendips at its best during this 4.5 mile winter walk. Sights include Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve and Priddy’s Bronze Age Barrows. We recommend choosing a frosty, dry day to really see the landscape at its best.

Approximate total walking time: 2 hours

Calories burned: 314

That’s equivalent to 2 whole packets of Jaffa cakes

3, Balloch to Helensburgh, Scotland (8.5 miles)

The Three Lochs Way links Gare Loch, Loch Lomond and Loch Long, and is a pretty spectacular walk during the snowy seasons. The terrain includes open moor lands, paths and main roads, so make sure you wear your best hiking boots!

Approximate total walking time: 3.5 hours

Calories burned: 515

That’s equivalent to a Texas BBQ Dominos Takeaway Pizza

4. Stoodley Pike, West Yorkshire (6.75 miles)

Beautiful in the frosty weather, this gorgeous hike takes you through vast natural landscapes and down canal pathways to the top of Stoodley Pike where you’ll experience panoramic views.

Approximate total walking time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Calorie burned: 392

That’s equivalent to a large cream bun.

5. High Sweden Bridge Circular (3.2 miles)

This historic walk crosses both Low and High Sweden Bridges, and passes through “The Tower of Friendship and Beauty” on the stunning outskirts of Ambleside. There are plenty of well planned paths to follow, but some rougher terrain too, meaning that this walk is suitable for all walkers with a decent pair of boots.

Approximate total walking time: 1 hour 24 minutes

Calories burned: 199

That’s equivalent to a fried egg on toast.

What we love about walking is that you can find some really breathtaking spots while burning calories and enjoying quality time with family and friends (or just your dog if you prefer!) If you’re unable to visit any of the walking routes listed above, don’t worry! The Ramblers official website gives you all the information you need to plan a hike near your home, as well as the opportunity to join local walking groups. So what are you waiting for? Don’t let the weather hold you back – get outdoors and take in the stunning sights winter has to offer.

Not sure how many calories you’re burning while out walking?

On your hike!

Now you know the benefits of walking, take it one step further with a stunning hike around our beautiful great outdoors. Hiking is an effective way to increase activity while enjoying the view. We’ve put together this step-by-step hiking guide with expert advice, so you know where to start.

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