Extreme Winter Walking
I was in Wales yesterday when i was reminded of what a fabulous time of year this is to enjoy a winter walk before tucking into a Sunday roast! Having experienced an exceptionally mild winter we are only just starting to feel the crisp morning air that follows a frosty night and we are still lucky enough to be able to enjoy those magnificent autumn colours, a perfect combination for walking!
There's no better excuse for being greedy on a Sunday afternoon, than by working up an appetite in the great outdoors, so why not head out and experience some of the 50 best winter walks
that the Independant listed last week. As the article states "From rural retreats to city streets", there are a wide variety of fantastic trails that are at their best in the winter time.
Now you may not have time to get out and do all 50 walks this winter so I have selected my top 5, give them ago or let me know yours:
1. Church Stretton, Shropshire - If you enjoy a moderately hilly climb then head out on this 7mile round trek and enjoy the alpine scenery and the spectacular sweeping views along the Long Mynd before finishing up in the rural town of Church Stretton.
2. Rhossil Beach, Gower - If you are a keen bird watcher or just feel the need to blow away the cobwebs then this 5 mile stretch of golden sand and ice blue sea is the perfect spot, so head out along the ridge top from the Gower to Hillend and back along the beach, but hold onto your hat it maybe choppy!
3.Castle Combe, Cotswolds - My perfect kind of walk, one which includes a hearty pub lunch along the way! This 6 mile route starts in the village of Castle Combe and then follows the path along the By Brook Valley down to the hamlet of Ford, you can then either follow the same rout back or walk along higher grounds to enjoy even better views.
4. South Downs Way, Sussex - Another walk with plenty of village pubs along the way, although the full 106 miles maybe a tall order, so I would suggest planning out which section you would like to walk before hand! This is perfect for making the route as long or short as you like and you can enjoy the rural views from the hillside along the way!
5. Castle Crag, Cumbria - Described by the independent as, "possibly the best little hill in the Lake District", this climb is perfect for the short winter days and from the 290 metre summit you can still admire the spectacular views of Derwentwater, Skiddaw and Scafell Pike. If you start at Rosthwaite Village and loop around the crag along the Alderdale Ramble, the route is approximately 3.5 miles, and why not finish it off with Cumberland sausage and mash!