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How to enjoy the UK’s happiest winter views

Nothing beats a good view for helping you to appreciate the beauty of the UK countryside, but which scenes fill us with the most joy?

We recently set out to discover the nation’s happiest views for each of the four seasons and after speaking to thousands of Brits from across the country, we’ve identified the merriest winter scenes you can enjoy over the colder months.

To help you enjoy the views and make the most of the stunning areas where they are found, we have asked our park experts to share their top tips on what to do in each location this festive season.

Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire & Cumbria

Yorkshire snow

From their drystone walls to their conifer woods, housing one of the last strong holds of the Red Squirrel, the Dales have so much to explore throughout the winter months.

Encompassing thousands of square miles of moors, valleys, hills, and villages, the Yorkshire Dales are at the very heart of Yorkshire countryside. With a rich history of farming, the striking landscape vividly displays the interaction between nature and humankind.

Winter walks:

Malham Cove - 2 to 12 km

Sitting at 70 meters high, Malham Cove is a sight of its own. Set in the dales, the curved white limestone cliff has been a go-to spot for walkers, with an abundance of circular trails ranging from 20 minutes to a longer three hours. Ideal for when the weather gets a bit too nippy. You will pass-through chocolate-box villages, outstanding landscapes, and breath-taking waterfalls.

Whernside to Ribblehead - 14.5 km

If you are looking for a more challenging walk, then the 14.5km walk from Whernside to Ribblehead will deliver. Journeying up and down the highest of Yorkshires Three Peaks, it is quite the walk. Passing through small villages, along becks and up Hagg Worm Haw you will reach Whernside peak, offering dramatic views of the snow-covered dales. After that it’s on to the Ribblehead Viaduct – a feat of Victorian engineering.

Lands' End, Cornwall

Land's end

Land’s End is one of Britain's most unique locations, even inspiring the ancient Greeks, being referred to as ‘Belerion’ – Place of The Sun. Even during it is less sunny days, Land’s End is still a striking area of winter scenery.

Inspiring stories and works of art, with the legendary King Arthur being linked to the spot, there is plenty to see and do at this iconic Cornish landmark.

Winter walks:

Lands' End to Sennen Cove - 2km

A popular destination for surfers, Sennen Cove is a beautiful little beach in the village of Sennen. Starting the walk from the famous Lands’ End signpost, you’ll head northwards. Keep an eye out for seabirds such as kittiwakes, cormorants, and guillemots. Once you get to Sennen, there's an old coastguard lookout, where you can take in Lands’ Ends’ spectacular view.

Lands' End to Porthcurno - 8km

Offering a slightly longer walk from Lands’ End, the village of Portcurno is home to the famous open air clifftop theatre and offers travellers a fantastic beach. This walk will take you along Nanjizal Bay and the impressive cliffs of Carn Les Boel, Carn Barra and Carn Guthensbras, offering up stunning views of the Southwest coastline.

Snowdonia, North Wales

Snowdonia snow

Situated in north-western Wales, Snowdonia is one of the most popular hiking and rock-climbing locations in the UK. Its winter scenery is unbeaten, from crystal clear lakes to snowy mountain tops, it is perfect for a cosy winter getaway.

Its rugged mountainous scenery is home to the highest mountain in Britain, as well as 9 mountain ranges, 5 towns, 24 villages, and historic landscapes, from stone monuments to castles, sprawling across 823 square miles.

Winter walks:

The Llyn Ogwen Circular Walk – 4.3 km

The Llyn Ogwen circular walk gives you stunning scenery of Snowdonia without any strenuous climbs. You will experience the splendid views of Tryfan and the Glyderau mountains. This lakeside walk will take you through waterfalls and the picture-perfect Ogwen Valley, all in under 5km. The lake is not without its legends! It is said that Bedwyr Bedrynant, a knight of King Arthur, cast the famous sword Excalibur into the lake at Llyn Ogwen, where it supposedly remains to this day.

The Llyn Dinas Circular Walk - 5km

If you are looking for a more family friendly walk the Llyn Dinas circular walk is for you. The 5km walk takes you around one of Snowdonia’s most beautiful lakes. The route starts directly from a car park and follows a purpose-built track, taking you along the shore of the lake to Llyndy Isaf’s farmhouse.

Although climbing Snowdon is potentially the most popular thing to do in Snowdonia, we do not recommend this in wintery conditions.

Malvern Hills, Herefordshire

Malvern snow

With exhilarating climbs and fantastic views, the Malvern Hills are a shared area of outstanding natural beauty sitting over the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire, and a small area of South Gloucestershire.

Both a biological and geological site of scientific interest, the hills are home to some of the most ancient rocks in England and provide a sanctuary to hundreds of species of British wildlife, including 13 species of Bat!

Winter walks:

The Suckley Hills Wildlife Circle – 9.5km

This walk is great for spotting winter wildlife, as the dense woodland becomes sparse in the winter. This walk takes you past ponds, over brooks and into the heart of the woodland. After hoping over a few stiles, you will head uphill to breath taking views of the surrounding countryside. Look out for deer, foxes, and some more unique bird species that nest in the area.

Malvern Hills Circular walk – 16km

If you fancy a tricky walk, with some steeper inclines then look no further. The Malvern Hills circular walk is popular with more experienced hikers, offering sweeping views and is well marker throughout. The 16km route will take you through woodland, and covers the highest point of the hills, the Worcestershire Beacon – a historic signalling point.

If you are looking to visit these areas and check out the happiest views for yourself, take a look at our collection of parks, which are found in the most beautiful corners of the UK: https://www.parkleisure.co.uk/our-parks

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