Time to reflect on winter walk

The frozen pond at Gunby Hall. EMN-150121-173630001
The frozen pond at Gunby Hall. EMN-150121-173630001

Here in Lincolnshire the National Trust has a range of inspiring places to get out and enjoy the winter with family and friends.

Harry Bowell, National Trust director for the Midlands, says: “Gardens, parks and the countryside all have a stark beauty at this time of year. Winter opens up our landscapes like no other season, with new and unexpected views.”

Why not get the boots on and get out for a walk? The organisation’s website has details of self-guided and downloadable walks, such as the route through the deer park at Belton, past ancient woodland and the site of a deserted medieval village.

On these quiet days, Belton deer are often very close to the house and make for great photo opportunities. Late winter rewards the visitor with white blankets of snowdrops throughout the Pleasure Grounds and around the Gothic ruin. Gunby Hall is the perfect place to unwind with a walk to the ice house pond where you can see the reflections in the water and perhaps the snowdrops clustering beneath trees.

Woolsthorpe Manor visitors can take a short stroll around the orchard.

Winter is also a great time to spot seasonal wildlife, like siskins, jays, fieldfares or redwings.

Visitors can start planning their winter walks and wildlife adventures by visiting www.nationaltrust.org.uk/