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The best UK winter walks to cure your wanderlust

Looking for a new adventure? Well, you don’t have to look far! We’re all about the great outdoors at Shores and we know a few little places that will cure your wanderlust. You don’t have to go far to seek a bit of the unknown. Here are 4 places for you to explore this winter, grab your coat and let’s go!

(Image credit: Stacey MacNaught)

Dovestones (Near Manchester)
A short drive away from Manchester & Huddersfield, Dovestones reservoir is a picturesque spot with views for miles. Popular with dog walkers, novice explorers and families, this location has a number of routes to suit all.

During winter, you’ll find some walks can be a little boggy, so you’ll need waterproof walking boots if you want to walk off the beaten path. However, for those looking for easy routes, there are tarmaced walks which offer amazing views.


Batchworth Lake and the Grand Union Canal walk (Near Watford)
100 acres of greenland, lakes and woodland, this circular route is perfect for brisk winter walks. Easily accessible from Watford, this picturesque route spans over 4 miles. You won’t need any technical gear for this trip and you’ll be treated to some gorgeous sights! Keep a portable charger with you for all the quaint canal boat snaps you’ll be taking for instagram.

(Image credit: National Trust)

Nostell Priory and Parkland (Near Wakefield)
Open all year around, Nostell Priory has a certain wonder in the winter frost. A must visit for any local adventurer, the surrounding parkland area features a host of rich wildlife and botanicals.

You’ll be able to walk around the two main gardens in winter – Kitchen & Menagerie. Whilst not in season, the Kitchen Garden is still worth visiting to gain an insight into what food was available in the UK during the 1700s and 1800s and is a particularly interesting walk.

Penshaw Monument (Near Sunderland)
Climbing up Penshaw Hill is all the more satisfying in the cold winter area. A perfect starting point for any novice adventurer, this monument was built in 1844 and stands 134 metres high.

The nearby Penshaw woodland is a great place to explore in winter. The frost grazes each path and brings a calm stillness to the surrounding area. If you’re looking for a quiet winter walk and a little bit of tranquility, this is the spot for you.