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The best Boxing Day Walks in the UK

The Boxing Day walk is a much-loved tradition for many British families. Nothing beats a spot of fresh air after the previous day’s indulgence, and an invigorating winter walk across the British countryside is the perfect way to rouse yourself. Here’s a few of our favourite walks around the UK to get you inspired.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Distance: 2.5 miles
Time: 1-2 hours
Difficulty: Fairly easy

This walk is a popular choice for fans of beloved British film franchise Harry Potter, which is handy should you be looking for a way to encourage uninspired kids to get their walking boots on. The route visits the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, featured in the films carrying the Hogwarts Express, but is beautiful in its own right with its fantastic views of Loch Shiel and the stunning mountain landscape. The walk features constructed paths throughout so is easy enough to follow, although there are some steep spots. Click here for more information and directions.

Sycamore Gap, Northumberland

Distance: 5.2 miles
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

This circular route features a few of the UK’s most iconic landmarks, making it a great choice for a spot of culture and history this Boxing Day. Walk alongside Hadrian’s Wall, traverse across rolling fields and be awe-inspired by Sycamore Gap, also known as the “Robin Hood” tree since it was famously featured in the 1991 film. This enjoyable hike also passes through the ancient Roman fort at Housesteads, which you can visit before continuing on your path. Check out the National Trust website for directions.

Clent Hills, Worcestershire

Distance: 1 mile
Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: easy

For a shorter walk this Boxing Day, Clent Hills is the perfect choice. Suitable for the whole family with its gentle slopes, this walk is great just to get out of the house for a little bit and burn off some of those Christmas calories. From the top of the hill you can see the Welsh Black Mountains on the horizon, bringing stunning views to this easy stroll. Head to the National Trust website for further info and directions.

Pentire Headland, Cornwall

Distance: 3.4 miles
Time: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

Enjoy a coastal hike at Pentire Headland for amazing seascapes and a fresh winter breeze. On clear days, the walk offers beautiful views of Stepper Point to the south, and Doyden and Tintagel Castle to the north. Keep an eye out for grey seals and peregrine falcons, too, often spotted on this stretch of the North Cornwall coast. Try out this longer route for a wonderfully brisk afternoon with your family this Boxing Day. See the National Trust website for more information.

Ashdown Forest, Sussex

Distance: 2 miles
Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy

This lovely short stroll takes you through the real life inspiration and setting for A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories, featuring the North Pole, Heffalump Trap, The Enchanted Place, Five Hundred Acre Wood and Eeyore’s Sad and Gloomy Place. As well as featuring all the nostalgic elements of your favourite childhood stories, this walk also offers breathtaking views and beautiful greenery everywhere. See the High Weald website for more details on this great family-friendly walk.