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Breath-Taking Boxing Day Walks

Written by Chloe Penn

After all the festive celebrating is done,
Why not wrap up warm for some outdoor fun!
Stroll along a beach or explore the woods,
These Boxing Day walks will work off the Christmas Puds!

Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens, Hampshire

Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens is a beautiful winter walk for any family looking for some outdoor fun and scenery! With woodland, gardens, exhibitions and much more, this is a must-visit if you live close to Hampshire! Find out more here.

 Ham House and Garden, Richmond

Winter is a magical time in the beautiful gardens at Ham House. Recharge your batteries on a frosty winter family walk whilst kids run off steam! Featuring a kitchen garden, mown lawns, and criss cross paths, Ham House is definitely worth a visit! Your four-legged family members can come too – dogs are welcome at Ham House Gardens all year round!
Find out more here.

 St James’ Park, London

Ideal for a bracing festive family walk, the 57 acres of St James’ Park is surrounded by some of the most important historic landmarks in the UK including Buckingham Palace and The Mall. It’s also home to kids’ favourite, the famous St James’ Park pelicans. Find out more here.

 New Forest National Park, Hampshire

One of the most beautiful places in the UK for a Boxing Day walk, the New Forest Park offers dozens of walking routes to suit all ages and abilities. Filled with wildlife at every turn, task little ones with spotting a famous New Forest pony or some of the donkeys, cattle or deer that roam wild throughout the year. Your well-behaved four-legged friends are welcome too! Find out more here.

 Leeds Castle, Kent

Leeds Castle

Bundle up the family and head to Leeds Castle’s sweeping gardens to discover stunning alternative festive trees made from materials inspired by the Castle’s magnificent state rooms. This is a fun and magical experience for families of all ages. Find out more.

 Windermere, Cumbria

The Lake District in Windermere, Cumbria, offers a great range of walks suitable for all ages and abilities, perfect for a festive family outing to blow away the cobwebs amongst some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Walks include 48 ‘Miles without Stiles’ routes, suitable for those with limited mobility. Find out more.

Formby Red Squirrel Walk, Liverpool

Home to the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed rare native red squirrel, the stunning woodland around Formby in Merseyside is the ideal spot for a family-friendly walk. How many fluffy critters can your little ones spot?! Find out more.

 Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

Credit: National Trust/John Miller

Round up the family for a crisp winter walk at Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey. Discover six festive scents and their history, follow sensory prompts as you stroll through the winter woodland, follow winding lakeside paths and watch the kids happily tire themselves out at the Tree Adventure play area. Find out more.

Knole Historic Home and Garden, Sevenoaks, Kent

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent

With extensive formal and wild gardens and a medieval deer forest, the grounds of Knole Historic Home in Sevenoaks, Kent, is the perfect family destination to counteract the excesses of Christmas overindulgence this Boxing Day! Find out more.

Bodiam Castle, Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Teeming with wildlife, the sweeping grounds of Bodiam Castle in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, is the perfect family destination for a crisp, refreshing winter walk. Your well-behaved canine family members are welcome, too! Find out more.

Other lovely places for a walk!

 Gibside, Tyne and Wear

Round up the family for a Peter Rabbit™ winter adventure activity trail, just one of the many things to enjoy on a walk through the eighteenth-century Georgian gardens at Gibside. From the 11th to 30th of December, experience Inspire – a magical evening lit by lanterns and flickering firelight where twinkling fairies dance in the trees, wildlife sculpted in willow comes to life, fiery fish appear from the shadows, and more – all set to an inspiring soundscape. Find out more here.

Deer Feeding at Attingham Park, Shropshire

Visit Attingham Park in Shropshire this Boxing Day and watch as the resident deer are fed their winter rations. Whilst at Attingham, don’t miss a sprinkling of Christmas magic with festive family-friendly things to do and see throughout the grounds. Find out more here. 

Croft Castle and Parkland, Herefordshire

Pop on your walking boots, grab your four-legged friend and stretch your legs in Croft’s 1500 acre parkland! Under 5’s, older children and the whole family can reconnect with childhoods pasts as they explore an iron age hill fort, way-marked walks and natural play area in the Croft Castle and Parkland grounds. Find out more here. 

Horsey Beach, Norfolk

During the winter months, unspoilt Horsey beach is home to hundreds of plump brown-eyed seals. The beach backs onto Horsey Warren, the largest dune system in East Anglia, and is perfect for a bracing Boxing Day walk with the family. Well behaved dogs are welcome. Find out more here.

Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Enjoy a bracing walk with the family at Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate this Boxing Day. Work off the extra helping of Christmas pud on a stroll around the 18th century water meadows or one of the three way-marked walking routes – the Short Woodland Stroll, Family Fun Walk and Historic Farmland Hike. Keep little ones busy spotting the abundance of wildlife around the estate which includes parkland fallow and roe deer, badgers and foxes. Find out more here.

Brimham Rocks, Ripon, Yorkshire

With a variety of walks to suit all ages and abilities, the natural playground of Brimham Rocks in Ripon is a great Boxing Day family destination. Unusual rock formations allows kids imaginations to run wild. Task them with spotting rocks which resemble an eagle, gorilla, rabbit, a dancing bear, and more! Find out more here.

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