Best time of year for country walk

Ramblers Association winter walks pic
Ramblers Association winter walks pic

NOW is the perfect time of year to get out of the house for a festive walk.

Wether you want to build up an appetite for a big dinner or walk off the Christmas pudding, the Ramblers Association is encouraging walkers to stretch their legs.

The organisation is celebrating 25 years of its Winter Walks programme and there is a great walk just on our doorstep.

On Sunday, volunteers led walkers on an eight-mile walk around Wynyard as part of the festival which runs until January 5.

The walk started from Wynyard Station footbridge over the A689.

If you missed it the starting grid reference for your maps is NZ403284.

Ramblers chief executive Benedict Southworth said: “There is something wonderful about walking over the festive season, the company of family and friends, exploring beautiful winter landscapes under clear skies or the fun of being the first to make tracks in the snow, all of these things make getting out and about at this time of year even more of an adventure.

“Our Festival of Winter Walks is as popular as ever after 25 years.

“So, put on your winter coats, wrap up warm and join us again as we head out to enjoy the season the way we know best, on our feet.”

For more information on the Festival of Winter Walks visit

You can also download walking routes from Ramblers Routes to try on your own or with friends and family this winter, visit or to find a shorter local walk.