It’s the Festival Of Winter Walks — it’s a touch chilly out there, so bundle up before you join the fun! As the chill of winter sets in and the landscape transforms into a picturesque scene of frosty beauty, the festive season beckons us to enjoy the chill of the outdoors. The annual holiday season festival has been a cherished tradition for families to enjoy for over 30 years. It’s a time to invite all your friends and family to grab their warmest outdoor gear and enjoy the icy splendor of nature.
History of the Festival Of Winter Walks
The Festival Of Winter Walks was founded by a United Kingdom walking charity called the Ramblers Association. The charitable organization is dedicated to well… rambling. The group was established in 1935, and since organizing, they have championed public access for all people to head outdoors and enjoy the beauty and joy that can only be found in the countryside. They also stand by the belief that walking is part of leading a healthy lifestyle and a right. They often lead advocacy efforts to keep historic trails open equally to all.
They started celebrating the Festival Of Winter Walks over thirty years ago, and the event promotes walking as an enjoyable way to stay fit. But more than that, it reminds everyone to take the time to appreciate the beauty of the natural world, even when the outdoor temperatures turn colder.
With a long commitment to protecting public access to walkways and advocating within local communities around the UK, the Ramblers’ Festival Of Winter Walks is a wonderful symbol of both outdoor adventure and unity.
How to Celebrate the Festival Of Winter Walks
Celebrating the Festival Of Winter Walks is all about stepping out of your comfy home and into a wonderfully wintery wonderland and making the most of the season’s unique beauty. So go ahead and grab your warm, non-slippery boots. Here are some fun ways to partake in this frosty fiesta:
Embark on a Themed Winter Walk
Why settle for a regular stroll when you can have a wintery adventure during the Festival Of Winter Walks? Organize a ‘Frosty Fauna’ walk to spot winter wildlife, or a ‘Frozen in Time’ historical tour of your local area. Pull on your warmest winter gear and set out to explore the hidden winter gems you might otherwise overlook in your neighborhood.
Host a Winter Walk Challenge
Gather your friends and family — it is time to host a Winter Walk Challenge. Who can spot the most winter birds? Make it a fun competition for all who take you up on the invite. After walking, end the get-together with hot cocoa and warm pastries as rewards.
No, picnics aren’t just for summer! Pack a thermos of delicious hot soup, some crusty freshly baked bread, and a waterproof blanket. Find a scenic spot during your walk and enjoy a hearty winter feast. Just watch out for curious squirrels!
Nature’s Treasure Hunt
Turn your walk into a treasure hunt. To hold a Festival Of Winter Walks scavenger hunt, you will need to invite any friends who might be down for some winter fun. Then, create a list of winter-specific items to find. Some good things could be a holly bush, a frozen pond, or animal tracks in the snow. A treasure hunt will give you a fun way to engage kids (and adults!) with the natural world.
Reflective Solo Walk
For a more reflective experience, take a solo walk. Use this time to reflect on the year gone by and get yourself mentally prepared for the next year. The peaceful winter setting is perfect for setting your intentions and a bit of mindful meditation.
Hot Chocolate Hop
You’ve heard of — or perhaps even participated in — a pub crawl. Give that idea a fun twist during the Festival Of Winter Walks and organize a Hot Chocolate Hop. Plan a route that includes a stop at a local café or a friend’s house for a hot chocolate break. You could even set up a small outdoor station with a portable stove for making hot chocolate. Enjoying a warm, sweet drink halfway through the walk is a perfect way to keep spirits high and bodies warm.
Have a Winter Walking Nature Photography Contest
Get your artistic friends together for a friendly competition. Invite them to bring their cameras or smartphones and capture the outrageous beauty of the wintry landscape. After the walk, have a photography contest where everyone votes on categories like ‘Best Winter Landscape,’ ‘Funniest Snow Photo,’ or ‘Most Artistic Ice Formation.’ Have some fun prizes on hand — maybe some ice themed novelty items.