With winter descending upon us, we have taken the opportunity to plan getting out and about over the next few weekends. When we aren’t thinking about designer knitwear here in the studio at Iggy & Burt, our thoughts quickly turn to sparkling fields of frost, icy lakes shrouded in mist, or just anywhere lovely outside frankly where we can put our jumpers to good use.
Here are some of the winter walks that we are going to try and complete this year whilst wrapped up in one of our jumpers.
St. Michel's Brent Tor, Dartmoor - 3 miles
Dartmoor is somewhere we have not had a great deal of time to explore, but it is very much on our list for future trips.
One walk which has come highly recommend to us is the ramble up St Michael’s Brent Tor. If your thing is spell-binding, panoramic views that stretch as far as the eye can see, which let’s face it, it is, then this is suggested as a walk not to miss out on.
(Image credit: https://visitdartmoor.co.uk/)
Your reward for embarking on this walk will be a visit to St Michael de Rupe, a 13thcentury church, which will provide your viewing platform over the plains of Dartmoor.
We have been recommended to start this walk from the Mary Tavy, a quintessentially Devonshire village with a great selection of local pubs and B&B’s from which to base yourself.
Beatrix Potter Walk, Sawrey, Lake District - 8.5 miles
Whether you're a fan of the works of Beatrix Potter or simply a fan of incredible natural scenery, this walk will be for you. You will realise pretty quickly on how the landscape and this part of the world inspired some of the greatest children’s literature and all of those magical tales.
This walk offers the perfect opportunity to explore the Claife Heights, the western shore of Lake Windermere and the National Trust property where Beatrix Potter herself once lived. Put shortly, it is a fabulous way to spend a day.
Seven Sisters and Birling Gap, Sussex - 5.5 miles
If a seaside vista is your thing, then the walking path which starts from East Dean and meanders along the South Downs Way is the walk for you. We love this walk as you get to experience the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters and the bracing Channel weather.
(Image credit: https://www.southdowns.gov.uk
This magnificent ribbon of coastline is one of the most photographed in Britain – and make sure to look out for the picturesque Belle Tout Lighthouse before looping back towards any number of great local pubs for a well-earned lunch or dinner.
Dingle Marshes at Dunwich Heath – 4 miles
If you are after the experience of genuine wilderness, then this walk is for you. This walk will let you take in the beauty of the Suffolk coast and offer up some amazing wildlife to boot, including wild Exmoor pony heathlands.
We love this walk and we especially love nothing more than wrapping up warm in our chunky knitwear and setting off across the shingle for views over the sea, marshes and heathlands. This won’t be for everyone, as the shingle and accessibility can be a little unforgiving, but if you are keen for an adventure then we couldn’t recommend this walk enough.
To start your walk, park in Dunwich beach car park and follow the signs from there.
Aubrey Buxton reserve walk, Essex – 2 miles.
This is a great walk if you want to get outside, but don’t quite have the energy to go tramping up and down hills, or through rough terrain.
This lovely and easy walk will take you through ancient woodland, flower meadows, leafy lanes and hedgerows. You are sure to spot butterflies, insects and flowers including cowslips and wild strawberry plants along the way.
Start at Aubrey Buxton nature reserve car park off on Alsa Street, walk past Norman House and then around the edge of the nature reserve past Brickyard Plantation. Then, head past Gall End and back along the fields to Alsa Street.