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The 12 Walks of Christmas

National Trust reveals top 12 Christmas walks for ‘harmonious family get-togethers’
The 12 Walks of Christmas

43 million Brits are 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 has revealed 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.

The 12 walks

To celebrate the nation’s love for a festive stroll, the National Trust has pulled together its top ‘12 Walks of Christmas’ to help 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

‘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!’

Walking comms officer at the National Trust


Half as likely to bicker

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, rendering families half as likely to bicker.

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.

Click here to find out more about the National Trust’s 12 Walks of Christmas.

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