First of all I would just like to wish you a very happy new year from everybody here at Sykes Cottages! Hopefully you aren’t feeling too fragile after last night’s celebrations, however if you are don’t worry we have the perfect pick me up to get you through the tough times. Nothing beats a hangover like a bracing winter walk so we’ve found some great routes around the country that are perfect for blowing away those cobwebs!
Gordale Scar and Malham Cove
This is one of the most popular walks in the famous Malham area, coupling some stunning views with some of the fascinating limestone formations that characterise this little corner of the country. You will most likely recognise the limestone pavements of Malham Cove from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 where it formed one of the more distinctive locales used in filming. Not far from the cove you can find Gordale Scar, another of the area’s amazing limestone features albeit this time a dramatic gorge complete with two waterfalls and 100 metre tall cliffs. This route gives you a chance to visit these two mesmerising locations whilst avoiding the tricky scrambling section found in the Gordale Scar.
Climbing the famous Dumyat Hill near Stirling is sure to provide you with a blast of fresh air and a great opportunity to stretch your legs in the middle of winter. Dumyat, the most westerly of the Ochill Hills isn’t the tallest; after all it only stands at 418 metres, meaning that it is easily negotiable even in the winter months and you are sure to be rewarded when you reach the old beacon that marks the summit. On a clear day you will have a glorious view over both Stirling and the nearby William Wallace Memorial and further into the distance you will be able to make out the peaks of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs area. This gentle route will allow you to reach the summit without too much strain; perfect for those who are really feeling the after-effects of the holiday period.
The valley around Llyn Crafnant is often said to be one of the most picturesque areas of Snowdonia. The route starts at the quaint village of Capel Cuirig and ends at the town of Llanrwst making it the longest on the list at around 8 miles. Whilst this may mean that it is unsuitable for those with young children it also gives you a chance to get plenty of fresh air whilst burning a few of those pesky holiday calories.
So why not dust off the boots and head out for a lovely winter walk? You’ll get a breath of fresh air and who knows you might get a taste for it. If so why not take a look at our cottages for walking holidays, they’re perfect for anybody from the Sunday stroller right through to the hardened hiker!