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From frozen waterfalls to gentle frosty rambles with picture-perfect views, this selection of wonderful winter walks will certainly put a spring in your step. Whether you’re looking for accessible or challenging, these well-trodden routes have something for everyone.

Discover Pendle Witches Way

Someone walking along path on Pendle Hill

48 miles

From: Sabden, Lancashire via Ribble Valley and Forest of Bowland to Lancaster

This long-distance route links the slopes of Pendle Hill. Apart from being rather apt for this time of year, this course is also a beautiful one. With the Forests of Pendle and Bowland enchanting ramblers along the way, it’s definitely a crowd favourite. And afterward, you might want to pop into Pendle and learn about the history of the Pendle witches.

Nearby YHA: YHA Mankinholes

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Bath Skyline

City of Bath at night

6 miles

Circular: Bathwick Hall

Beginning at Bathwick Hill, this 6-mile/3-hour ramble 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

Waterfall and stream in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Around: Forest Fawr Geopark, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Accessible and with walking routes aplenty, the Brecon Beacons National Park provides an easier alternative to wild Snowdonia at this time of year. And with a little rainfall which 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 the higher ground is open access countryside.

Nearby YHA: YHA Brecon Beacons

Miles without stiles in the Lake District

Tarn Hows in the Lake District, on a sunny and cold winter day

1.8 miles

Circular: Tarn Hows Car Park, Ambleside

Finally, to the most accessible walk on our list. The level is circular around the three mountain pools of Tarn Hows. As to what makes it a great winter route, well this is one of Lakeland’s most popular spots. 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. The perfect ramble for even the littlest of legs.

Nearby YHA: YHA Ambleside

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Photo credit: 365_visiuals / Joel / Ian Woolcock / salarko / LambdaPhotography / Adobe Stock

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for livemore.yha.org.uk and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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