Don’t give us all that rubbish about it being too cold to go outside… It’s not (yet) and a few frozen extremities never hurt anyone right? It also makes the excuse for a cup of mulled wine even more valid.
Just 25 minutes by rail from London, Kingston offers a pleasant stroll along a gorgeous slice of the Thames Path. Hampton Court and Bushy Park are close by, the latter offering some fantastic photo opportunities if you want to catch one of the resident deer from a good angle.
After the walk (and depending on how your legs are feeling), why not stop off at the Hampton Court ice rink? It looks even more incredible after dark and mulled wine can be bought from the Ice Bar and Cafe… We couldn’t think of a better way to end an active day!
2. St James’ Park
Apart from the occasional snow days, did you know that the urban-heat effect makes St James’ Park officially the warmest place in the UK? After strolling around the park itself, a blissful 90-minute walk could include The Mall, Victoria Embankment, and a return via Birdcage Walk and Buckingham Palace (because why not)!?
It’s one of our fave spots that’s ever been captured in a snowy blanket, so fingers crossed that the weather man was right about a white Christmas…
3. Brentford to Syon Park to Kew Gardens
Nothing beats a winter sunset in Kew Gardens: set off from Brentford after lunch and enjoy a slow amble through Syon Park and along the Thames footpath to the gorgeous Botanical Gardens. Look out for the attractive Old Isleworth Boating Pavilion, built in the 1770s by James Wyatt.
What will make the walk even more delightful is the one mile path of illuminated trees, canopies and fountains that await you at Kew Gardens. It’s an absolute must-see this Winter – check out their website for tickets.
4. Wandle Trail Walk
It might be best to do this 20km walk in bitesize chunks, given how early sun sets in winter! Start near Wandsworth Town rail station and keep a look out for dozens of beautiful bird species at Wilderness Island along the way. Other attractions include Merton Abbey Mills, a former textile works that once housed William Morris’ factory!
If you are going the whole hog, reward yourself with a celebratory pint at the Dog & Bull, one of Croyden’s favourite watering holes. It fronts the well known Surrey Street and even has a secret garden at the back…
5. Haringey Parkland Walk
The Parkland Walk follows the course of the old railway that ran between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace. The four and a half mile walk provides perfect tranquillity for stressed out Londoners, without having to leave the city (God forbid)…
Be sure to start the day early so that you can catch the winter sun set from the stunning Alexandra Palace. The views are mesmerising.