With its bitter icy mornings and dark and windy nights, Winter seems the perfect time of year for staying indoors, snuggling up under a cosy blanket by the fire and cracking open a cheeky box of Christmas chocolates!
However, along with the colder temperatures, winter can also bring with it crisp dry days and crystal clear blue skies.
Those brave enough to face the winter chill for a walk can enjoy some of the beautiful Winter vistas that the great outdoors has to offer. In the nearby New Forest there are some truly breathtaking views to be seen.
Here are a couple of places worth considering for your walk:
A Historical Walk to the Huff Duff
If you like your walks with a little historical context, this could be perfect for you. The National Trust says:
"Descend to a tranquil wooded valley at Dockens Water before crossing the stream to Rockford Common. Wet heath and gleaming bogs reveal carnivorous sundews and mysterious mosses. Take in breathtaking views from Ibsley Common, an area steeped in military history, and visit the Huff Duff (an old directional station) and associated bunker."
To find out more, visit the National Trust's website.
Valleys and mires with the Hale Purlieu figure of eight walk
This is favourite of many locals, and an excellent place to enjoy a combination of far reaching views, mist covered valleys, wooded areas, and plenty of ponies.
The National Trust says:
A figure of eight walk through Hale Purlieu, crossing streams and taking in views across the Common's valleys and mires marked by frost. Look out for ponies huddled for warmth and glistening spider webs among frosty gorse.
Visit the National Trust’s website for more information.
And when you've enjoyed the scenery, pay a visit to our Sculpture Garden and Gallery in Fordingbridge and browse through our latest collections of original artwork, sculpture and limited edition prints in a warm and friendly environment.
In line with the current Covid-19 guidelines, our gallery will reopen on 2nd December. Visit our website for gallery opening times.