One of the best feelings in winter is wrapping up in your woollies, stepping into your wellies and venturing outdoors for a crisp winter walk. From breath-taking castles to countryside trails, we’ve put together our top five National Trust attractions for you to delve into this winter season.
Location: Feock, near Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6QL
Trelissick has the opportunity to see the best of both worlds, it has vast maritime views over Fal estuary as well as plenty of woodland for your four-legged friends to explore. Meander the paths and look out for the twisted oaks that grow right down to the water’s edge. There is over 300 acres of countryside to ramble, as well as the crisp and colourful gardens. If you’re looking to do a spot of Christmas shopping, then Trelissick are holding a craft fair on the 4th December so why not pick up the perfect Christmas gift after your wintery stroll? If you’re looking for a winter getaway near Truro check out The Creamery.
Location: Lydford, near Tavistock, Devon, EX20 4BH
A breath-taking 30 metre waterfall being the main attraction, Lydford Gorge, is the deepest river gorge in the South West. The waterfall trail is the ideal adventure this winter, it takes about an hour to get around it, and they’ll be plenty of puddles to splash about in along the way. The gorge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest so if you're very lucky you might catch a glimpse of turquoise from an elusive kingfisher. Book a December break near here in Pitt Farm Cottage.
Location: Dunster Castle, Dunster, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6SL
Dramatically situated amongst woodland on a gigantic hill, at Dunster Castle you can wander through the gardens and discover four different microclimates. You can also go inside the medieval castle and see rare gems such as leather hangings and the Grand Staircase. Take in the impressive views of Somerset’s countryside as you look out to the frosty tipped grass across the vast Deer Park. Take a look at cosy Week Cottage near here.
Location: near Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6QD
A magnificent lake is the centre piece of this landscape garden and is picture perfect for a chilly winter walk. Stourhead is world famous for its rare and exotic trees, and as this is a quieter time of year, you may be lucky enough to see some of Britain’s native species of rare birds fleeting around the gardens. Sit back and take time to enjoy the tranquillity. Book a snug winter break nearby in The Lodge at Cobweb Cottage.
Location: near Amroth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 8PP
This hidden gem is full of secrets, explore the meadow with its meandering stream, stepping stones and a log bridge. Set in a secret valley, Colby Woodland has a rich history and is full of little quirks, build dens in the woods, swing on the rope swing or splash in the stream, even in winter there is heaps of fun to be had here. On a clear day you can wave watch across Carmarthen Bay. If you’re thinking about getting away to Pembrokeshire this winter, then take a look at Blue Orchid.
Whether you want to explore magical snow covered countryside or stay in by the warmth of the fire, a winter escape is the perfect opportunity for a break, take a look at our collection of cosy cottages available for winter.