Top 5 New Year’s Day Walks

When the festivities calm down after Christmas and the celebration of the New Year has been done, it’s a good time to take a breather. Many families enjoy the first day of the brand new year with a refreshing walk that will blow away the cobwebs and allow you to hit the reset button before heading back to work or school. So, what are the best places for days out with the kids on New Year’s day? Read on to get the favourite fitness walks in the UK from Rieker, plus our footwear recommendations to ensure a comfortable day in the great outdoors.

Basildon Park, Berkshire

This lovingly restored estate dates back to the 18th century and sits on historic parkland which promises impressive seasonal floral displays and breathtaking views. Wander around the beautifully revived Basildon Park house with its fine furnishings and artwork selected by original owners Lord and Lady Iliffe before embarking on a jaunt around the woodland trails. Depending on the weather, take a picnic and hot drinks in flasks to enjoy whilst soaking up the views and let the kids play on the vast parkland, or enjoy a slice of cake in the tearooms.

(Basildon Park, Reading. Image: National Trust/John Miller)

South Gower Coast, Wales

For those wanting to head to the coast for a fitness walk to burn off the mince pies come New Year’s day, then the Southgate to Three Cliffs Bay walk will no doubt appeal. The South Gower Coast offers views of Gower and South Pembrokeshire, and even spectacular scenes of the Pennard Castle ruins, for a stunning landscape which is bound to impress! Wrap up warm on this trail and deck the family out in weather appropriate Rieker boots with a good grip on the soles to deal with the different terrain that you’ll encounter. Walk over pebbles, land and sand with kids and the dog for a relatively short but worthwhile trip out on the first day of 2019.

(South Gower Coast, Swansea. Image: National Trust)

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

There are some fantastic footpaths to tread on your day out with the kids around Fountains Abbey in Ripon, from the High Ride path to the Seven Bridges Valley. Stroll around the Studley Lake to see the wonderfully diverse birds to emigrate there for winter time – keen birdwatchers might even want to bring along binoculars to catch the smaller species of birds! If you visit Fountains Abbey before the end of December, you’ll be able to catch the building in its throes of festive decoration with colourful lights illuminating the historical abbey itself. Before beginning your leisurely stroll, find the perfect pair of shoes in our Remonte ladies shoes range for the perfect walking boots for your day out in Ripon.

(Fountains Abbey, Ripon. Image: National Trust)

Holyrood Park, Scotland

If you’ve taken the family to enjoy the infamous Scottish Hogmanay in the glorious city of Edinburgh then wake up bright and early to explore Holyrood Park for amazing views. Once a royal hunting estate over 650 acres, children will love climbing the hills and visiting the lochs hidden within them. Prepare yourself for hiking up to popular Arthur’s Seat for a memorable New Year’s day fitness walk that will certainly give you a place to collect your thoughts for the year ahead.

(Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. Image: Walkhighlands)

Hampstead Heath, London

Dwellers in our capital city are spoilt for choice with parks, but for a New Year’s day walk, spare a couple of hours for a wander and a play at Hampstead Heath for some welcome green space in the city. Wrap up warm and relish the fabulous view of London at the top of Parliament Hill to experience a bit of calm before rejoining the rest of the city. With playgrounds, sports pitches and ponds, there are endless ways to keep the kids occupied during this nature walk among ancient grassland.

(Hampstead Heath, London. Image: VisitLondon)

So, where will you be going for a day out with the kids for New Year’s day? The National Trust offers a plethora of beautiful stately homes and woodland parks that are crying out to be explored by you and yours this upcoming New Year’s day. Offering plenty of winter family activities, head to the National Trust website to see what’s on in your area. Be prepared for all weathers and terrains with the Rieker boots and shoes we stock online for men and women.


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