Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Fountains, Ripon HG4 3DY
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 ending in the Abbey. 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.
Ashridge Estate, Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 1NP
9am – 4pm. Free to enter the estate.
Sheffield Park and Garden
Sheffield Park and Garden, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 3QX
Start the year as you mean to go on with a refreshing winter walk around the lesser-known parts of the estate. Relax, and take in the stunning scenery at this time of year and before enjoying some hot refreshments at the Coach House Café.
10am-4pm. Booking not essential. Adults, £14, children £7.70.
Visit the National Trust for more details and other events and walks.