Get the new year off to a fresh start with our guide to the best winter walks!
The new year is upon us, and it’s likely you’ve spent the Christmas period feasting on good food, good wine and enjoying some well-earned rest. However, all the food and booze can make us feel a little sluggish, so one of the best things to do when January rolls around is to get out and about for a good winter walk. We’ve listed some of our favourite places to wander, making it even easier for you to get out of the house!
You’d be forgiven for thinking that this winter wonderland was somewhere far from the city, but really, it’s only in Long Ashton! Comprising 850 acres of open green space, it’s the perfect place for a Sunday stroll.
No matter what kind of outdoor activity you’re into, there’s something for everyone – from cycling and mountain-biking to golfing and horse riding, it’s guaranteed to be a good day out. A couple of other things worth mentioning is the fact that deer roam in fenced-off areas, and the far-reaching views across the city are spectacular, especially on a sunny day! If the weather isn’t so great, explore the stately home, or seek refuge in the cosy café on-site.
Blaise Caste Estate
Another great place to visit is Blaise Castle Estate. Situated in Henbury, this historic site features a 19th-century mansion and 400 acres of parkland that’s just crying out to be explored. Looking to stretch your legs? Visit the dairy garden and the amphitheatre, once the site of the original manor house. Or, explore the kitchen garden, where many of the fruits and vegetables for the house were once grown. If the kids get a little tired of all the history, Blaise Castle Estate also has an excellent children’s adventure playground, and there’s a café on-site if you’re in need of refreshments. Make sure you don’t miss out on the actual house too – there’s plenty of Victorian relics to enjoy!
Located just outside of Bristol, Tyntesfield is a particularly beautiful place to visit at this time of year. This splendid Victorian Gothic Revival house is surrounded by lovely gardens and rolling parklands, and puts on spectacular events throughout the year. If walking is your thing, there are lots of routes to explore, or you can join one of the guided estate walks that run almost daily. If you’re especially interested in nature, you can join a guided champion tree walk and explore the county champion trees that can be found around the estate. Wildlife is in abundance at Tyntesfield, meaning kids can help find some furry friends, or they can explore some of the fantastic play areas that are available on the estate. The house and cafes are well worth a look too – in short, you’ll find everything you want here!