It is so easy to stay in during Winter and throw more logs at the fire. However, I can honestly say in the last couple of weeks (it is mid-January as I write this) I have done some of the most breathtaking walks I have done during any season previously. Magical winter mornings when the light is low and it somehow looks as if someone has sprinkled glitter all over the place and I have entered Narnia. Anyway the point I am trying to make is that getting out and about in the crisp cold air can certainly do us no harm and I wanted to list some of the things to do outside locally to the shop with or without dogs outside (but lets face it, it's mostly with)...
My Favourite Wintery Walks
Marley Common, Haslemere
Pitch Place / Hankley Common near Churt/Frensham
Other local Wintery pursuits...
Cold water swimming at this time of the year is not for the faint hearted but a wonderful supportive group called the MHS run local swims in areas such as Godalming and Frensham.
A lovely customer Elspeth runs groups for foraging, bushcraft and yoga.
Not something I have ever done myself but I spotted this event happening at Winkworth. (link above)
I have included a handful of links which recommend different walks throughout Godalming, Haslemere and the wider Surrey and West Sussex areas.
A helpful guide on the Surrey CC website with some lovely suggestions of walks.
National Trust has a link to recommended walks.
Another site with some great recommendations for walks.
Fancy Free Walks - Great site with some brilliant recommendations, I have included links to different areas included within the site.
The Woodland trust is the largest woodland conservation charity whose vision is a world where woods and trees thrive for people and nature.
Any walk in our household that includes a golf course is always a winner, so I can highly recommend Hankley Golf Course, just a beautiful sea of purple heather. Park at Duke of Cambridge or a little further down on the right is a car park which leads directly onto Hankley Common.
Park and gardens are open to view a spectacular display of snowdrops. Heralds of spring and a sure sign that warmer weather is on the way. Refreshments including tea, coffee and cake available in Gatton Hall or to take away, plus a small plant sale. Gardens open 12-5pm. Online booking at www.gattonpark.co.uk £6 per adult, children go free (payment on the day £7.50).