With a staggering 43 million Brits 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.
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.
- Botallack Mine, West Cornwall
- Corfe Castle, Dorset
- Box Hill, Surrey
- Stowe, Buckinghamshire
- Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
- Mam Tor, Peak District
- Lyme Park, Cheshire
- Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
- Sticklebarn and the Langdales, Cumbria
- Brandelhow and Derwentwater, Cumbria
- Hafod y Llan, Snowdonia
- 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
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