Catergories: Christmas

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

Tall Tree Walk New Forest 

See some of the oldest and tallest trees in the New Forest National Park. This 1.5 mile walk was created by the Foresty Commission and if perfect for those little explorers. 


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.


Head to Emsworth to see their Lobster Pot Christmas Tree and explore Emsworth further by following the Oyster Trail, a historic walk starting at the town’s museum.

Moors Valley Country Park

Take the little ones out to Moors Valley Country Park and enjoy a number of play areas, woodland walks and the tree top trail. 

South Downs National Park

Enjoy some peace and quiet during the Christmas rush by taking in the breath taking views from the view point at Old Winchester Hill in the South Downs. Alternatively take on a challenge and complete part of the famous South Downs Way. 


Take the family on a historic walk around the wonderful Odiham castle. Explore the ruins and find out about the castles fasinating history. 

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, Gosport

Take a walk along the coast of Stoke Bay, Gosport. Head there on New Years Day and watch keen swimmers descend on the cold Christmas waters of the Solent for the annual New Years Day charity swim. Or if you are feeling keen sign up and take the plunge yourself.


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.

Southsea, Portsmouth

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 to the Isle of Wight and watch boats and ships of various sizes pass by.

Lepe Country Park

Plan a festive 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 walk to stretch the legs and clear weary heads!

We'd love to see your Hampshire festive walk photos so please share them with us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram usng #visithampshire. 

For further things to do this Christmas see our guide to Christmas in Hampshire

Looking for something a little more adventurous during the festive season? See our guide to activties in Hampshire




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