Enjoy the Festive Season with a Hike in the UK

Enjoy the Festive Season with a Hike in the UK

The UK is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world. It's a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, especially around Christmas time when everything is so busy. If you're looking for a festive activity that will get your heart rate up and clear your mind of stress, why not consider taking a hike over the holidays? Here’s what you need to know before planning your festive hike.

What Type of Hike Should I Choose?

The type of hike you choose should depend on your level of experience, how long you have to spare, and how far you would like to travel. If you are an experienced hiker and want something challenging, try tackling one of the many long-distance trails such as Hadrian’s Wall or Offa’s Dyke Path. On these routes, you can expect stunning views, plenty of wildlife sightings, and rewarding climbs along ancient pathways.

Shorter Trails

If you are new to hiking or have limited time available over the holidays, there are plenty of shorter trails that can be completed in a few hours or less. These routes tend to be more sheltered than longer trails, which makes them ideal for those who don't want to brave cold winter weather conditions for too long! Some popular short hikes include The Kennet & Avon Canal Trail near Bath and The Lake District's Cat bells Trail near Keswick.

Stay in your comfort zone

No matter which trail you choose, make sure that it is within your abilities and that you plan ahead by researching any potential hazards or restrictions before setting off on your journey. It's also important to let someone know where you'll be going just in case anything goes wrong during your trip.

Christmas spirit

Finally, don't forget about the Christmas spirit! Many areas across the UK will be decorated with festive lights – take some time out during your hike to enjoy these enchanting displays!

What Do I Need To Pack?

When it comes to packing for a hike at any time of year but especially during winter months - preparation is key!


As well as your usual supplies (waterproof clothing/walking boots etc.), make sure that you pack all-weather gear such as hats/scarves/gloves plus snacks such as nuts/dried fruit/energy bars etc, why not have a look at the Peakeze hiking poles?


Also remember that days are shorter at this time of year so don't forget a headlamp or torch just in case it gets dark before you reach your destination! The last thing you need is to be stranded in darkness. Whilst most modern mobile phones contain a built in flash light, which usually work very well; you don't want to risk draining your battery, in case you need it in an emergency. We always recommend a sturdy outdoor torch with good battery life. 

Portable Chargers

On the topic of mobile phones, there's nothing more frustrating that your phone dying on you or having to put it in low power mode to save on some battery life. If you do decide to use your phone for entertainment, music or a flash light, then these actions will deplete your battery life. It's always a good idea to charge a portable charger at home and bring it along for the journey! 

Water bottles

Hiking is an excellent form of exercise for you and your family and can be very thirsty work. It's worth taking plenty of liquids despite the cold temperatures you may face. Whether it be a hot drink in a thermal flask or a cold drink in a flask, hydration is very important. If space is an issue, why not try one of our silicone food grade drinks bottles? Once empty, simply roll it up and save on your bag storage. 

Festive Items... it's Christmas after all! 

In addition to these essentials - also consider bringing some festive items such as baubles or tinsel - why not create an impromptu Christmas tree with them along the route?! Just remember - whatever decorations go up must come down again afterwards so please leave no trace when taking down any decorations!

Spend time outdoors

A hike over the Christmas period is an excellent way to spend quality time outdoors while still getting into the festive spirit. With careful planning and preparation, anyone can enjoy this unique holiday experience safely and responsibly - regardless of their hiking experience level! So why not give it a try this year - happy hiking and Merry Christmas from Peakeze.

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