Catergories: Christmas

We have tried to take the stress out of Christmas with 12 fantastic Christmas and Boxing Day walk ideas. Below you'll find 12 walks for you to enjoy with your friends and family right across the festive season. 

Exbury Gardens

All the family including dogs are welcome at Exbury Gardens this weekend for free. Walk and explore the gardens and take part in a number of Christmas activities. A special Postal Express train service will also be running.


Take time out of your Christmas shopping and enjoy a peaceful walk along the beautiful water meadows in Winchester. If you’re feeling energetic, head up to St Catherine’s Hill for amazing panoramic views of the city. This is the perfect place to escape from the Christmas Chaos for a moment of calm.


Get the family feeling really Christmassy and head down to Emsworth to see their Lobster Pot Christmas Tree. To explore Emsworth further why not follow the Oyster Trail, a historic walk starting at the town’s museum.

Moors Valley Country Park

Are the little ones getting restless in the lead up to the big day? With a number of play areas, woodland walks and a tree top trail, Moors Valley County Park is a great place to wear them out.

South Downs National Park

Enjoy some peace and quiet before the chaos of Christmas by taking in the breath taking views from the view point at Old Winchester Hill on the South Downs.


Welcome the family to Hampshire and take them on a historic walk around the wonderful Odiham castle.

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Did Father Christmas bring your little ones bikes? Take them to Queen Elizabeth Country Park where they can peddle to there hearts content and let off some post-Christmas steam. 

Itchen Valley Country Park

Pack up the turkey sandwiches and have a winter picnic at Itchen Valley Country Park followed by gentle walk around the Meadows Nature Trail. Along the way stop off and explore the children’s play trail.

Stoke Bay

Planning your New Years Day? Why not take a walk along Stoke Bay, Gosport and watch keen swimmers descend on the cold Christmas waters of the Solent for the New Years Day charity swim. Or if you are feeling keen sign up and take the plunge yourself.


Take the grandparents out and enjoy a gentle stroll along the River Test on the Mill Trail at Whitchuch. The Waymarked walk passes five historic mills. Including the Silk Mill.

Portsmouth and Southsea

Take the family out, blow away those Christmas cobwebs and breathe in the sea air with a walk along Southsea beach. Lookout across the Solent at the Isle of Wight and watch boats and ships of various sizes pass by.

Lepe Country Park

Plan your New Years Day walk with all the family and the dog around the Lepe Loop. This 5 mile circular walk covers a beautiful coastal and countryside route and is ideal for a leisurely New Year walk to stretch the legs and clear weary heads!

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