We may still be looking forward to Christmas, but this time next week it will all be over and we’ll be emerging from underneath the tinsel, mince pies and wrapping paper with a desperate desire to leave the house and get some fresh air.


There’s no better time of year for a good walk, and The Ramblers, who know a thing or two about good walks, have launched their Festival of Winter Walks – a nationwide programme of group walks taking place between December 21st and January 6th. (Visit their website to discover a walk near you.


We’ve put together a list of walks which are easy to reach from some of our East Midlands developments, so if you feel the urge for the great outdoors over the festive period, try out some of these!


SOUTH LEICESTERSHIRE


This walk from Croft will be handy if you live near our Estley Green, Mayfield, Ferncote or Bramblings developments. It’s a ten-mile ‘average’ difficulty walk so is great for a full day out, taking in paths, bridleways and roads to give you a real post-Christmas workout. 


NORTH EAST LEICESTERSHIRE 


If you live anywhere near our Station Lane development in Asfordby, try out this Hoby Circular Walk, just a five-minute drive from the development.


It’s just under six miles long and classed as ‘easy’. The walk starts from the Blue Bell Inn in Hoby, taking in field footpaths and passing close to Ragdale Hall.  Some great views to be had and, of course, refreshments at the pub before and afterwards!


NORTH WEST LEICESTERSHIRE


If you're near the Leys in Anstey, Hallam Fields in Birstall or Fieldfare in Mountsorrel, you will be familiar with the wonderful Bradgate Park, 830 acres of stunning countryside near Newtown Linford. The park offers something for everyone, with a rugged landscape and rocky outcrops, along with woodland to the north and more accessible exploring to the south of the park.


NORTHAMPTONSHIRE


Fermyn Woods Country Park is just a 12-minute drive from our Heartlands development at Priors Hall Park, Corby. In the heart of Rockingham Forest, it has way-marked, circular walks which are suitable for all ages and accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs. 


If you fancy something more challenging and live near our Mountcroft development in Long Buckby, you could try this 13.5-mile walk from Long Buckby to Braunston, which takes in farmland, the Jurassic Way, and the Grand Union Canal. 


RUTLAND WATER


The East Midlands is home to Rutland Water, one of the most important nature reserves in Europe, situated about 25 miles east of Leicester. There are several circular walks you could attempt, ranging from five to 27 miles in length. 


THE LEICESTERSHIRE ROUND


If you’d like to set yourself a challenge for 2019, you could try tackling the Leicestershire Round, a 100 mile walk circumnavigating Leicester and taking in some fabulous landmarks such as Foxton Locks,  Bosworth battlefield and Bradgate Park. The Leicestershire Footpath Association has broken the walk down into 32 small sections, details of which are downloadable from the Association’s website


Let us know if you have any favourite walks others may like to tackle over the Christmas period.