Who says hiking is only a three-season activity? From frozen waterfalls to spooky burial chambers – these UK winter walks will put a spring in your step, even under inches of snow! Whether you’re looking for accessible or challenging, these well-trodden UK winter walks have something for everyone.
Pendle Witches Way – 48 miles
From: Sabden, Lancashire via Ribble Valley and Forest of Bowland. To: Lancaster.
England’s most famous and well documented witch trials took place in Lancashire in 1612. This long distance route links the slopes of Pendle Hill, home to the two families of sorcerers, to the place of their imprisonment, Lancaster Castle, and the site of their eventual execution, the village of Golgotha. Apart from being rather apt for this time of year, this winter walk is also a beautiful one with the Forests of Pendle and Bowland enchanting ramblers along the way. A crowd favourite UK winter walk.
Nearby YHA: YHA Mankinholes
The Haunted Field Walk – 7.5 miles
Circuit: St. Nicholas via Dyffryn Gardens and S Lythan’s
Edwardian gardens, burial chambers older than Stonehenge and a field haunted by the horse that cannot be ridden… step foot into the supernatural with this wonderful UK winter walk in the Vale of Glamorgan. The going is easy on this 7.5 mile trail, with sections of gentle farmland and woodland plus an opportunity to visit the splendid Dyffryn Gardens. The perfect spooky UK winter walk. Mwah ha ha…
If you’re gutsy enough to brave a Halloween visit to the burial chamber of St Lythan’s, any wishes whispered to the stones are said to come true.
Nearby YHA: YHA Cardiff Central
Bath Skyline – 6 miles
Circular: Bathwick Hall
Beginning at Bathwick Hill, this 6-mile/3-hour winter walk is one of the National Trust’s most popular routes. And it’s little wonder when you consider the spectacular views on offer.
One of Britain’s best cities is all laid out beneath you. It’s a great way to get acquainted with architectural splendours from across the ages – from Iron Age hill fort to 18th-century folly. Plus, the hidden valleys, woodlands and meadows encountered along the way are all rich in wildlife.
Nearby YHA: YHA Bath
Walks Around Waterfall Country
Around: Forest Fawr Geopark
Accessible and with winter walking routes aplenty, generally speaking, the Brecon Beacons provides an easier alternative to wild Snowdonia at this time of year. And with a little rainfall which, let’s face it, we’re all but guaranteed, Waterfall country will be one of the most breath-taking places to be. Pounding torrents spill from on high in the steep, tree- lined gorges of the Fforest Fawr Geopark. There are many routes to choose from, with a good path network and almost all of the higher ground is open access countryside.
Nearby YHA: YHA Brecon Beacons
Miles Without Stiles: Tarn Hows – 1.8 miles
Circular: Tarn Hows Car Park
Finally to our most accessible walk on our ‘UK winter walks’ list. The level circular around the three mountain pools of Tarn Hows. As to what makes it a great UK winter walk route, well this is one of Lakeland’s most popular spots so firstly, if you visit in the colder months you can more easily avoid the crowds. Plus, when the water freezes and the surrounding hills are dusted with snow, it’s a sight to set spirits soaring.
Simply drive up, park up, and enjoy a stroll that offers the most magnificent views of the Lake District’s mountains for minimal effort.
Nearby YHA: YHA Ambleside
Remember to stay safe during your UK winter walking adventures – read our tips for winter hiking here!