Great boxing day family walks

When Boxing Day comes around, your options are simple. Watch the kids playing electronic games and suffer the drivel on TV, or get out and about in the fresh air to help digest some of that Christmas dinner and prepare for the next table full of festive fare. We take a look at some of the finest walking spots that you can explore around the country with, or without, the family for some great scenery, and to stretch those legs and get the circulation going.

Boxing Day walks in Dorset

In his book, Notes from a Small Island, one of Bill Bryson's favourite walks is off from Bournemouth, up Studland Beach to Swanage and along the Jurassic Coast to Weymouth. Who are we to argue? If you ignore the very minor risk of nudists on Studland or adders in the heathland, then it's a bracing sea walk along a beautiful beach, impressive cliffs, rolling hills and with acres of countryside to cover. You can make it as short or long a walk as you like, with fabulous villages along the way to stop at.

Boxing Day walks in Derbyshire

Up in the Peak District, there are many amazing routes to pick from, with walks for all ages and abilities. A great place to visit is Dove Holes, with the dominating challenge of the 600+ meter high Kinder Scout to the north, or the more gentle and gorgeous Peak Forest or Derwent Lakes to have an amble around. With nearby Buxton as a base, there are many rural points of interest from potholes, caves and ancient mining activity to view, from a safe distance.

Boxing Day walks in Norfolk

Rapidly picking up plaudits as a great (and flatter) walk, the Boudicca Way offers a leggy 36 miles of pacey strolling between Diss and Norwich. There are several good break points in between, and any one section will make a memorable stroll. With plenty of Roman and ancient British history along the route, it makes a good family walk, steeped in Iceni legend.

Boxing Day walks in West Yorkshire

Not far from Bradford, the Great Northern Railway Trail provides great walking and cycling trails along some solid footing with epic viaducts, waterfalls and much natural beauty to admire. With villages every mile, it won't be the most secluded of walks, but there's plenty of opportunity for rest stops and recovery time.

Boxing Day walks in Worcestershire

The Evesham Vale provides some great walking territory, with the Cotswold Village of Broadway a popular starting point offering many routes to take. Capability Brown's 20 meter high Broadway tower is a natural destination with its gentle country park and woodland walking, picnic rest stops and a few gentle hills to get the heart pumping, plus some spectacular views of the area.

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