If you are looking for the best coastal paths, inland countryside tracks and winter walks in London and the South East then check out this list that I found on the National Trust website. I’ve also added some of my own recommended walking routes.
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The end of the year is fast approaching, bringing with it cold weather, winter holidays and, of course Christmas. Avoid the jam-packed shopping centres and last minute gift buying by ordering online from Dickiesstore.co.uk!
The Festival of Winter Walks is between 21 December 2013 to 05 January 2014 and has been running for the last 25 years. There are 954 walking routes available so you’re sure to find a Ramblers walk near you during the festival if you use the Group Walks Finder.
With the winter months soon approaching and the autumn chills already setting in now is a very good time to start considering purchasing a coat from the new range of Mountain Warehouse Waterproof Walking Jackets.
With animal welfare, wildlife management, forestry management and natural grazing projects at its heart, Epping Forest continues to offer the young and the old an opportunity to glimpse wilderness on their doorstep whilst offering a range of outdoor activities and even a few that are usually found inside.
The parks and open spaces that make up the 6,5000 acres of Epping Forest and its wide and all inclusive land is open to cyclists, horse riding and hikers of all ages and what better way than to engage one of many Epping Forest walks and cycle routes.
There are many ways you can partake in Epping Forest Walks, aside from the guided tours and venturing out into the plains, woods and navigating your own way around Epping Forest, There are organised Epping Forest Health Walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a Centenary walk in mid September.
Weymouth is an absolute haven for anyone looking for a walking holiday in Dorset. We had the immense pleasure of staying at Character Farm Cottages Langton Herring, just outside of Weymouth, which was off-the-beaten-track enough to enjoy a truly rural retreat but only 15 minutes or so drive to all of the main sightseeing attractions and walking routes.
This is an 8 mile circular walking route from our base at Lower Farm Cottages in Langton Herring near Weymouth up to Abbotsbury and a good look around Abbey Barn and Tythe, St Catherines Chapel and St Peters Abbey before heading back along the various Dorset country lanes to Langton Herring.
Walking in the South Downs is incredibly easy – with a series of new walking and cycling leaflets that show routes for walking and cycling that are designed to link up to public transport in and around the park. The South Downs National Park has over 3,000 kilometres of Rights of Way for you to walk on. With the South Downs Way, a National Trail stretching the entire length of the National Park, as well as many Country Parks, woodlands and other countryside sites there are routes to suit everyone.
Includes Brixworth Walk Northamptonshire, Castle Ashby Walk Northamptonshire, Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens, Northampton Walk, Whilton Locks Walk Northamptonshire and Winwick Walk Northamptonshire all accessible from the centre of Northampton.
Hatfield Forest is one of the best areas to visit in the UK for ancient trees and meadows of a Medieval Royal Hunting Lodge and is situated in Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford on the borders of Hertfordshire and Essex. Hatfield Forest is free to visit although if you park in the car park there is a small charge.
As with nearby Epping Forest, if you are lucky you will get to see fallow deer grazing amongst this historical and ecologically important Site of Specific Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve. Hatfield Forest covers around 400 hectares of ancient woodland, grassland and magnificent pollarded trees, along with 2 ornamental lakes, stream and marsh and a unique 18th century Georgian Shell House decorated with all kinds of flints and shells.
There are activities for the family all year round and it’s the perfect place to take children. You can pick up a leaflet from the car park or shop which includes 2 walking routes of roughly the same length, at just over 1.75 miles; the Forest Walk and the Tree Walk. If you’re looking for something a little longer then you can try this Hatfield Forest Walk that I completed with the family a few weeks ago or even this 7 mile Hatfield Forest Walk I found on Google Maps. For the latest membership offers you can visit the National Trust here.
Epping Forest is amazing all year round but autumn walks in Epping Forest are particularly wonderful with the vibrant green, brown and golden colours in this ancient and very well maintained woodland. The autumn to winter period also gives better visibility through the denser areas for spotting the Fallow Deer when going on long walks in Epping Forest.
Hatfield Forest is the perfect area to visit to explore ancient trees and meadows of a Medieval Royal Hunting Forest, and is owned and operated by the National Trust. This is a great place in Hertfordshire for walks and has a few way marked walking routes that are easy to follow, both of which are quite an easy 1.7 miles long. Hatfield Forest is at the end of the Forest Way from Epping Forest and also sits along a section of the Flitch Way, 5 minutes from the M11 in Takely, Bishops Stortford.
Get the full route here.
The general idea for today was to go back out to Cobbins Brook, where I saw some of the Epping Forest Fallow Deer a few weeks ago, and take the Canon EOS 100D camera with me to test it out again and get some good pictures.
I started at Epping Forest London Underground Station and headed up to the High Road at Bell Common before joining the yellow Essex Ramblers Way Markers to Copped Hall where I walked up to Cobbins Brook and back. This walk took me just over 2 hours and covered just over 6 miles.
Find the full walking route here Epping Forest Bell Common Walking Route
Another interesting place to walk is Westonbirt.
September is the last big month in the walking festival calendar so here is a list of ones you can still attend this weekend as well as the others that are happening this autumn and winter. I found this list on the ViewRanger website and it also shows all of the walking festivals for 2013 so while you’ve missed most of them you can check all the links here to start planning for next year. You don’t need a walking festival to get outdoors and walk your favourite routes, like I have done with my Epping Forest walks, but if you like the company then why not try out some of these ones. You can view all of my ViewRanger walks here.
Walks And Walking – National Trust Top 10 Secret Walks – Amazing walks only accessible by foot recently made available to the public by the National Trust. Each one of the National Trust Top 10 Secret Walks can only be accessed by foot. I often find the best hidden treasures on any walking route take a little bit of effort to get to. The list has been carefully selected by National Trust experts who wanted to showcase walks that offered a unique experience whether a hidden viewpoint, newly accessible coastal paths or the story of an old legend to encourage walkers to explore and share the many special places the National Trust looks after. Read more here National Trust Top 10 Secret Walks
Walk London Autumn Ambles Walking Weekend – The Walk London Autumn Ambles Walking Weekend is an annual walking event in London that includes 36 unique walking routes over a 2 day period. This year the Walk London Autumn Ambles Walking Weekend is on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2013. More here Walk London Autumn Ambles Walking Weekend