Sometimes in the winter we can get so used to being inside with the heating on that we forget what fresh air even feels like! But getting out, even for a short while, can be hugely beneficial. The gentle movement and clearing of brain fog that comes with getting some fresh air can make us feel infinitely better – and if it’s cold, coming back into the warm and having a cup of tea is all the more enjoyable!
To give you some ideas I’ve got a collection of beautiful walks that can be made to last as long or as short as you like, some with lovely cafes nearby. Even a 15-minute stroll can lift the spirits! I’d love to hear some of your recommendations too so feel free to comment below!
Londoners are extremely lucky with the multitude of parks and endless riverside walks available. Below are some of my favourite spots to go for a stroll.
Greenwich Park, SE10
This former royal hunting park is one of the largest parks in London and home to the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House. Beautiful views of the River Thames over to Canary Wharf are paired with ancient chestnut trees, and even a small deer park. There are plenty of cafes and pubs to be found in Greenwich village, as well as in the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum (where toilets can also be found).
Richmond Park, KT2
Another of London’s beautiful parks is in Richmond. With deer roaming free, you really feel like you’ve left the city behind, and with plenty of cycle tracks and places to walk, it doesn’t ever feel overcrowded like some of London’s other parks.
Manor House Gardens, SE13
I’m very fortunate to live just around the corner from this lovely park. With a duck pond, community garden, children’s play area, walled flower garden and café, Manor House Gardens is perfect for a short stroll to blow the cobwebs away. The Manor House is now a public library but still retains its gorgeous period features.
Eastbourne, Seaford, Bexhill, Hastings seafronts
All of these seaside towns have promenades which offer easy walking conditions along the seafront, providing you with a blast of sea air. With plenty of cafes running along the seafront and many more found in each town, these locations are perfect for a windy walk followed by a steaming mug of hot choccy.
Birling Gap and The Seven Sisters, BN20
A National Trust café and shop are nestled in the Downs, and with breath-taking views and the opportunity to walk, go rock pooling or stare out at the sea, you could make a whole day of it here.
Friston Forest, BN25
There are numerous mountain bike trails and walks of different length to choose from in these woods just outside Eastbourne.
Home to Rudyard Kipling and his family, this National Trust property is nestled in picturesque grounds containing a wildflower meadow and peaceful gardens.
This medieval deer park and stately home is another National Trust spot that offers lovely walks, a spot of history and a cosy café. It’s just a short walk from Sevenoaks train station so easily accessible from London and the South East.
Seemingly never-ending sandy beaches that look out over St Ive’s bay and Godrevy lighthouse – this spot is as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer, but wrap up because it can be incredibly windy! Godrevy café is usually open and there’s a National Trust car park nearby.