Do you tend to over indulge at Christmas? With the spare time you have before the new year, so why not enjoy one of our wintry walks.
There are plenty of places to go for a good walk in the local area such as down by the river or in one of the parks but there are some great places just a short drive away where you can enjoy some wonderful scenery for free.
Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park is home to a large herd of deer and The Long Walk, pictured above, which is a three mile tree lined avenue leading from the castle. The reward for completing the Long Walk is extensive views of the castle and surrounding area.
Leith Hill and Box Hill
Down in Surrey, there’s the glorious countryside of the North Downs near Dorking with Box Hill, which featured in the Olympic Road Race and Leith Hill, the highest point in southern England, popular walking spots. There are plenty of nice country pubs to visit in the area too.
Ranmore Common is situated on the North Downs Way on the opposite side of the valley to Polesden Lacey. There are great walking trails with panoramic views of the western Weald and a riverside path along the River Mole.
Burnham Beeches, located near Slough, is a National Nature Reserve consisting of beech woodlands dating back centuries with many rare plants or species.
The woodlands have been featured in many films such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Harry Potter and Goldfinger.
Minet Country Park
On the outskirts of Southall in West London is Minet Country Park. Revitalised after many years of neglect, the park is home to a large number of species of birds, insects and reptiles so it’s great head along to see how many you can spot.
Southall is home to a large Asian community so it’s the ideal place to forget about the leftovers and sample some of the great flavours of the Indian subcontinent.
These are just some of the places for walks a bit further afield, if you know of any other let us know.
Long Walk, Windsor: Peter Suranyi
Leith Hill: Graham Pritchard
Ranmore Common: Colin Smith
Burnham Beeches: Adrian Perkins
Minet Country Park: Chris Kent
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