IN A WIN­TER WON­DER­LAND

Defy the cold to dis­cover the na­tion’s loveli­est nat­u­ral land­scapes

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To my mind, a win­ter walk will al­ways beat any other kind: the sat­is­fy­ing crunch of frosty grass un­der­foot, the sharp crack of ice as you tra­verse a frozen pud­dle, the sheer bliss of ar­riv­ing home to a warm fire. In trib­ute to the unsung charms of the chilly sea­son, the Na­tional Trust has com­piled a list of its best win­ter trails. At Sher­ing­ham Park in Nor­folk, ram­blers can feast their eyes on ear­lyflow­er­ing rhodo­den­drons while en­joy­ing sweep­ing views of the coast. In Cheshire, Dunham Massey’s col­lec­tion of an­cient trees look par­tic­u­larly im­pos­ing with their bare trunks ris­ing stark against the sky, while fal­low deer graze around them. Or tramp across Mars­den Moor in York­shire to spot the elu­sive moun­tain hare, whose brown coats change to white at this time of year in an­tic­i­pa­tion of snow. cg www.na­tion­al­trust.org.uk

rec­om­mended walks, clock­wise from be­low: dun­sta­ble down, sher­ing­ham park, the bre­con bea­cons and bate­man’s house in sus­sex

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