The 12 walks of Christmas: festive strolls are key ingredient for harmonious family get-togethers

With a staggering 43 million Brits[1] set to head outdoors and enjoy a festive walk with their family and friends this year, it’s no surprise that almost two thirds of the UK (62%) describe a festive walk as a tradition they enjoy every year.

This year, however, the National Trust can reveal that a refreshing winter walk is also the perfect recipe for harmonious family get-togethers – as a whopping 82% of Brits reveal walking to be an enjoyable, bicker-free festive activity.

Looking over the Half Moon Pond and weir of Studley Royal Water Garden in winter from the Surprise View towards Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire

A frosty winter landscape at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire. Credit National Trust Images/ Andrew Butler

With many families cooped up at home together over the holiday period, new research by the charity has identified the kitchen as a key spot for hot heads and quick tempers, with preparing Christmas dinner most likely to create some friction (39%), alongside readying the house for guests (37%) and collectively deciding what to watch on TV (22%).

Conversely, a refreshing festive walk is viewed by Brits as one of the most enjoyable family activities over the festive period, with families half as likely to bicker in comparison to when they’re spending time together at home.

Better yet, a significant 70% of Brits believe a walk over the festive period is the perfect way to spend quality time together as a family.

To celebrate the nation’s love for a festive stroll, the National Trust have pulled together their top ‘12 Walks of Christmas’, so everyone can get outside and enjoy the season together.

  1. Botallack Mine, West Cornwall
  2. Corfe Castle, Dorset
  3. Box Hill, Surrey
  4. Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  5. Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
  6. Mam Tor, Peak District
  7. Lyme Park, Cheshire
  8. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
  9. Sticklebarn and the Langdales, Cumbria
  10. Brandelhow and Derwentwater, Cumbria
  11. Hafod y Llan, Snowdonia
  12. Giant’s Causeway, Ulster

 

The Trust has also created a film to accompany the list, highlighting 12 of the most recognisable moments of a festive walk. To enjoy the film for yourself, head to: youtu.be/wxYNglcbmmU

Picture Credit Should Read: Doug Peters

70% of people believe that a festive walk is the perfect way to spend quality time with their family.  Credit National Trust/PA

Imogen Tinkler, Walking Comms Officer at the National Trust comments:

“It’s fantastic to hear that 43 million people are planning to head out for a festive walk with their families over the Christmas period, and better yet that this activity is an annual tradition for so many. A refreshing walk provides the perfect bonding experience, and an ideal opportunity to take in the beauty of the great outdoors at this time of year.

“We hope our 12 Walks of Christmas provides some walking inspiration, and look forward to welcoming everyone to our places and walking trails over the Christmas holidays. Here’s to continuing to share in this festive tradition with them!”

To find out more about the National Trust’s 12 Walks of Christmas, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/12-walks-of-christmas

For the best knowledge to help you get outside and enjoy being closer to nature this winter, you can view top tips from Cotswold Outdoor, the Trust’s official outdoor retailer, here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/top-tips-for-winter-walking

People enjoying the snow at Box Hill, Surrey

Visitors enjoying a festive walk at Box Hill, Surrey. Credit National Trust Images/ John Millar

[1] Based on UK population as calculated by the Office of National Statistics, and survey results revealing 66% of Brits plan to go on a festive walk over the Christmas period this year.

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