Reviving festive season walks

    Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
    Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire Credit: National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra
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    Need to shake off the festive fug and walk off the excesses of the Christmas lunch? Wrap up warm and get a dose of fresh air and enjoy the wintry scenery on an organised walk at some of the National Trust’s loveliest properties.

    Boxing Day

    Boxing Day Pilgrimage, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Fountains, Ripon HG4 3DY

    Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
    Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire Credit: National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

    On a cold day in 1132, 13 monks walked from Ripon to a completely deserted valley by the River Skell. There they started their own community from nothing.  And so, Fountains Abbey was born. The four-mile pilgrimage follows in their footsteps, starting at Ripon Cathedral with a celebration of Eucharist and end with a service of carols and prayers in the Abbey Cellarium. The former Cistercian abbey was later joined by medieval deer park and an elegant Georgian water garden, and is a delightful place to see on foot.

    9.30am-1pm. Free with admission. Booking not essential. Call 01765 608888.

    Sunday 27 December

    Ashridge Post-Christmas Walk, Ashridge Estate, Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 1NP

    Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire
    Woodland on the Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire Credit: National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

    Enjoy a scenic post-Christmas walk through the estate which has ancient trees, rolling chalk downlands and lush meadows which looks magical time of year. Even better, there will be mulled wine and mince pies afterwards to warm you up.

    10am-12pm. Booking essential. Adult £7, child £5. Call 01442 851227.

    Friday 1 January

    New Year’s Day Holly Hike, Sheffield Park and Garden, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 3QX

    Start the year as you mean to go on with a refreshing guided hike around the lesser-known parts of the estate led by the longest serving member of the park’s team. Hear stories and local tales that you won’t find in any guide book while enjoying the stunning scenery at this time of year.

    11am-1pm. Booking essential. Adults, £6. Call 01825 790231.

    Visit the National Trust for more details and other events and walks.

     

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