A winter break has its own magic. A fine, frosty day in the hills or on the beach lives on in our memories. ‘Cock a snook’at a damp, blustery day and getting out there makes the evening away from home even more special. So let’s make the most of it.

Admire the wintry waterscapes of the Norfolk Broads, the Lake District, Lough Neagh, Loch Lomond or Lake Bala. Scan the rugged horizons of the Peaks, Dartmoor, Snowdonia or the Cairngorms. Motor through the gentle lanes of Devon, the Cotswolds, the Dales, the Borders and the soft centre of Ireland.

Wander Wales for winter wildlife. Point of Ayr, Traeth Lefan and Newport Wetlands are just a few of Wales’ treasure trove of reserves. Much has been written about the majesty of Snowdon in winter. See for yourself with a jaunt into the mountains from Snowdonia south to the Brecon Beacons, where there are some featured walks. Rambles on the Gower Peninsular tie in with that winter wildlife watching. Visit www.visitwales.com.

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, stretching from Donegal to Cork, is even wilder in winter and there’s the stunning Causeway Coastal Route, with the mysterious Giant’s Causeway. Don’t miss the breathtaking Strangford Lough marine nature reserve and the ethereal Mount Errigal. Take in Dublin and Belfast…there’s a lot of winter fun. And inland, it’s green and gentle …visit

www.discovernorthernireland.com and  www.discoverireland.ie.

Meet the stars in Scotland. The Galloway Dark Sky Park boasts an observatory to take you off into the Milky Way and beyond. There are amazing dark sky sites on Skye, the west coast of Kintyre and Newbattle Abbey…and don’t forget the Northern Lights. Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain – is even more imposing in winter and the drive along the Great Glen is stunning, as are the organised walks.

See www.visitscotland.com.

England in winter. Ice skate in the glow of Winchester Cathedral. See winter flowers in bloom at Anglesey Winter Garden. Explore a Jurassic Park in North Yorkshire’s Forge Valley then search the Dinosaur Coast, at Scarborough. Tell the baffled experts how you think the South Downs’ Long Man of Wilmington came about. For more, visit www.visitengland.com and www.visitbritain.com.

A walk in woodland is just the thing on a mid-winter’s day. The woods and forests have a haunting beauty about them and the Woodland Trust is keen to share it. See what’s on at www.visitwoods.org.uk.

A few more ideas:

January 11 – Burning of the Clavie, Burghead, Moray; Jan. 28 – Battle of Nantwich, Cheshire; Jan. 28-29 – Hampshire Potato Days, Whitchurch; Jan. 28 – March 5 – Snowdrop Valley, Exmoor; February 2-7 – Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians, Swansea; Feb. 6 – Hurling the Silver Ball, St. Ives, Cornwall; Feb. 11 – East Anglia Potato Day, Stowmarket, Suffolk; Feb. 25 – March 5 – Crickhowell Walking Festival, Powys; and Feb. 17-19 – Yorkshire’s Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb; Mar. 1-5 –  Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, St Andrews; Mar.14-17 – Cheltenham National Hunt Festival; Mar. 18 – 19 – Marmalade Festival 2017.

You might find these websites useful:

There is so much to do and so many places to visit. And it’s so easy to find great places to stay in them. Use our brochure of Bed and Breakfast accommodation – The Little Green Book – and websites www.bedandbreakfastnationwide.com for B&B homes, and www.holidaycottagesnationwide.co.uk for self-catering.

The B&Bs and COTTAGES have been specially selected and inspected and provide high quality accommodation. Many have been awarded the highest official quality assessment gradings. They range from country cottages to town houses, manor houses to farm houses – all offering a warm welcome and good value. The hosts are all keen to promote their part of the country and suggest trips out and how best to get there.

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