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There's something invigorating about pulling on your hiking boots and taking a walk through the forest in the crisp winter air. Then, after your exercise, treating yourself to a refreshing drink, a burning log fire, and the cosy atmosphere of the local pub.
Looking forward to getting out into the fresh air and enjoying winter walking holidays? Join in with The Festival of Winter Walks, running fromÂ December to January. Organised byÂ the Ramblers, the festival is a celebration of walking that's been going forÂ over 25 yearsÂ and coveredÂ over 30,000 milesÂ so far.
Autumn is truly over and theÂ forest floor is crunchy with the last of the golden leaves. Holly bushes are showing their berries and, if you are out early, theÂ frost creates a beautiful sparkleÂ across branches. Stay on aÂ Forest HolidayÂ and no matter which forest location you choose,Â we have plenty of routes â€“ and local pubs â€“ for you to try.
TheÂ Yorkshire MoorsÂ are synonymous withÂ beautiful walking experiencesÂ â€“ so much so that there areÂ a number of routesÂ available toÂ experienced ramblersÂ and those looking for aÂ gentler adventure. Of course, Yorkshire is also known for beer. Whether you are staying atÂ CroptonÂ orÂ Keldy,Â you'll be close to a welcoming local pub, the perfect destination to end your walk.
If you'veÂ brought your dogÂ on holiday with you, try theÂ Blacksmith's Country Inn. A focal point for walkers on the moors, this inn hasÂ log firesÂ and aÂ selection of beersÂ to enjoy, as well as beingÂ welcoming to dogs in the bar. Or head off to theÂ New Inn and Cropton BreweryÂ and taste some of theirÂ award winning local brews.
Dog walks through the forest
WithÂ 3,300 acres of forestÂ to explore aroundÂ Sherwood Forest, you'll get plenty of fresh air. Just a short distance from our cabins you'll find theÂ Sherwood Pines Forest Park and Visitor Centre, with details of the various marked walks available. There's a number of local pubs and restaurants, including theÂ bohemian themedÂ Dog and Duck, to head for once you've built up an appetite.Â
If you plan to be a little more self-sufficient, head for the walks and trails ofÂ Thorpe Forest and nearby Thetford Forest. Teeming with wildlife, your cabin is situated close to the River Thet, providing scenic routes along the riverside and boasting plenty of pub walks in Norfolk along the way. The forest is also recommended for dog lovers, so don't forget the family pet! After a long day spent getting closer to nature, why not treat yourself to a cosy night in and relax your tired muscles in your personal hot tub, with a glass of mulled wine.Â
Keep each other warm on a winters forest walk
For Forest of Dean ramblers, head out from your cabin and climb up Symonds Yat RockÂ for someÂ breath-taking views across the Wye Valley. There are a number of marked trails through the forest, giving you lots of choice forÂ gentler or more energetic activities. End your ramble in theÂ New InnÂ and relax in aÂ traditional country pubÂ with roaring log fires.
There are so many local activities and walks nearÂ Blackwood Forest that you'll struggle to pick one to do each day. Do you explore Stonehenge and follow the guided walk around the famous stones, or discover the pub walks in the New Forest, just a short drive away? If you want to avoid the car completely, and why wouldn't you, then Blackwood Forest has everything you need. Beech trees tower high above as you discover the local flora and fauna and build up an appetite for some traditional pub grub. Luckily it's not far to The Northbrook Arms, a traditional village pub housingÂ local, and regional, alesÂ and delicious food.
TheÂ tranquillityÂ ofÂ Deerpark's forest location is perfect for anyone aiming to getÂ closer to nature. The cabins rest on the edge of a peacefulÂ millpond, deep in the forest itself. We recommendÂ Walk4LifeÂ to locate theÂ best routes, although, for a more relaxed pace, you will find everything you need in the immediate vicinity of the cabins orÂ just 10 minutes awayÂ atÂ Cardinham Woods. Cardinham also offers a delightfulÂ woodsman cottage cafÃ©, where you can warm up withÂ homemade stew or soupÂ before heading back to relax in your luxury cabin.
Reconnect together on a walk through the woods
OurÂ lochside locations in ScotlandÂ offer some delightful alternatives if you want a little more open space. The cabins atÂ Ardgartan ArgyllÂ are set besideÂ Loch Long, on the edge of the Argyll Forest Park. There's plenty of options for walkers, with the more serious ramblers tackling theÂ nearby hills and mountains, while others opt for a farÂ gentler walk alongside the loch itself. Why not treat yourself to a well-deserved pint at theÂ Village InnÂ at Arrochar â€“ just 3 miles around the lochside. Â
A walk alongÂ Loch LubnaigÂ inÂ StrathyreÂ may bring more than just fresh air. Queen Elizabeth Forest park is justÂ teeming with wildlife, so don't forget your cameraÂ as you'll spotÂ golden eagles, red squirrels, and red deer. These may also make an appearance beside your Strathyre cabin, along with ourÂ resident family of pine martens. It's the perfect place for you to pick up some amazing snaps ofÂ rare animals and birds, just make sure you stop in atÂ The Lade InnÂ to share stories with the locals.
An invigorating ramble through forests and across meadows, around fields and along rivers and lochs is not just beautiful, it's great for your health. A thought which will make you feel better as you relax in the pub afterwards! And if you prefer to relax a little close to your cabin, why not drop into the Forest Retreat at the end of your walk, where you can have a welcome drink and a bite to eat before wandering back to your cabin. Get out into the fresh air this winter and join in The Festival of Winter Walks UK. How far can you go?
Explore the forest together as a family