5 fantastic winter walks in the UK… and how to dress for them properly

We team up with the experts at Craghoppers to find out their favourite places for a wintry walk and their top tips for dressing correctly...

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1. The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye (Shutterstock)

The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye (Shutterstock)

"The Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye is up there with my favourites. It’s such an iconic place and it’s great to experience it for yourself. The whole island is beautiful but this was a highlight for us. The rock formations are fascinating and it feels like a real achievement to get up close to them. You can park close by and the route up is easy to follow. Although steep in parts, my son was aged four at the time and he made it, so it's not too difficult!

On the day we did it the weather was bleak and the rain relentless, our waterproof jackets and trousers were essential, always a vital element to pack when heading into the hills when the weather can change so quickly. I would love to go back on a clearer day to appreciate the views on offer and hopefully get a little higher!

Clare Grimshaw, Marketing Support Manager at Craghoppers

2. Wasdale Head to Eskdale, England's Lake District

A waterfall in Wasdale (Shutterstock)

A waterfall in Wasdale (Shutterstock)

"This walk offers incredible views over Wast Water and Burnmoor Tarn before heading down into the Eskdale Valley where waterfalls can be seen on the River Esk. In the winter, it's just as beautiful as when the fells are covered in bracken and as challenging as hiking in the frost or cold can be, the chance to have the views to yourself is really special.

My biggest tip when it comes to winter hiking is taking care of your feet, especially if the ground is wet or there's snow, have the right footwear like boots with plenty of ankle support and always remember to bring spare socks."

Bex Luke, Marketing Executive at Craghoppers

3. Worsley Woods, Manchester

Worsley Woods (Shutterstock)

Worsley Woods (Shutterstock)

"My favourite winter walk is at our local nature reserve, Worsley Woods. Being close to home, this place became even more important to me over lockdown, as this is a wonderful green space offering the perfect backdrop for dog walking, family strolls, catch ups with friends and a coffee (lots of coffee shops have sprung up over the last 18 months) as well as mind clearing solo walks with headphones and a good podcast. Set across 30 hectares, Worsley Woods can be accessed via a network of loop lines or from the Bridgewater canal. It’s steeped in history and there is a one mile self-guided circular walk available on the internet which takes in the Woods and outlines the heritage of Worsley including stories of the underground canals and steam boats. 

The Woods look gorgeous in the winter, especially when the snow covers the trees. Wearing a good pair of winter walking trousers is always a good idea in these conditions. They are not restrictive yet offer warmth and water resistance too."

Gill Russell, PR Manager at Craghoppers

4. Marsden, Yorkshire

Marsden, Yorskshire (Charlotte Jackson)

Marsden, Yorskshire (Charlotte Jackson)

"One of my favourite local walks starts in the lovely Yorkshire village of Marsden, this 13km loop is easily accessible by train. Start by following the tow path west out of the village where you’ll find the picturesque Easter Gate bridge. Follow the winding old packhorse road which climbs up onto the beautiful open Marsden moorland before a steeper incline up past March Haigh reservoir to March Haigh hill. You’ll eventually meet the Pennine way at the A640 road, head south on it following the marked path to Standedge taking in some impressive rock formations as well as views over towards Manchester before looping back past Redbrook reservoir on the Standedge trail. Finish back in Marsden for a well-deserved pint in a cosy pub with a real fire.

For any winter walking my top tip is layers! By wearing lightweight, insulating, and breathable layers, you can quickly cool down after steep climbs but zip up and stay warm on the exposed moors. If it’s windy a waterproof cap is also great addition for keeping rain off your face when a hood feels too restrictive."

Charlotte Jackson, Brand Marketing Manager at Craghoppers

5. Joss Bay to Broadstairs, Kent

Joss Bay, Kent (Shutterstock)

Joss Bay, Kent (Shutterstock)

"My favourite winter walk is a coastal walk from Joss Bay to Broadstairs. This may be a popular beach during the summer months but in winter it's a completely different experience. Growing up next to the sea, this coastal walk became a tradition for every Boxing Day. It surrounds you with white cliffs and ocean for miles to see, and you are hit with a strong off-shore wind.

My top tip with a costal walk like this is to wrap up warm with lots of layers, an extra pair of socks and some comfy walking boots to trek across the sand and pebbles. Waterproof boots are an added bonus if you step into an ice cold puddle!"

Georgia Hylands, Marketing Admin Assistant at Craghoppers

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