Hiking isn’t just for fair-weather days, you know. There are some great walks to be had this time of year and here’s how to find them.
There is a new Winter Warmer page from Bath-based walking holiday specialist Foot Trails which reveals some of its best self-guided tours, such as Knights Medieval Castle in south Wiltshire because of the terrain’s natural drainage.
It also offers tips on what to wear and pack in a day-bag for a hike at this time of year, as well as compelling reasons for stepping out into the landscape when it might be tempting to batten down the hatches.
Two-night, as well as three-night itineraries are made available at this time of year by Foot Trails, and walks strike out from one base rather than following a linear journey, just in case the weather closes in. Country pubs are hand-picked not just for their excellent food and drink but also the guarantee of a roaring log fire. Waterproof notes and maps and ‘not so nice today’ packs containing alternative ideas for more inclement winter days are among the thoughtful touches.
Foot Trails , which was recently named Best Local Low-Impact Tour Operator by Greentraveller, draws on expert knowledge gained by the team during more than 12 years tramping across the region, come rain or shine, to create inspiring, seasonally appropriate walks.
“Too many people pack away their boots over winter and remain unaware of the beauty and opportunity for fresh air and exploration that this time of year can offer. This is a fantastic season to embrace the great outdoors. Winter’s silent landscapes and stillness are soothingly peaceful, which our guests often really appreciate at this time of year,” says founder Alison Howell.
Foot Trails specialises in designing walks to suit individual tastes, for adults and families. Routes are plotted to avoid the crowded national trails, instead following local paths, with notes provided about local history and nature to immerse you in the cultural landscape and put you back in touch with the natural environment.
Country cafes and inns are hand-picked for award-winning food and drink and stylish, comfortable accommodation, to add a touch of luxury and promote sustainable rural tourism.
To book a walk visit www.foottrails.co.uk or call 01747 820626.