THE NATIONAL Trust is urging Warwickshire residents to step out for a winter walks with the charity.
A spokesperson said: “Don’t let the cold and wet keep you indoors this winter. Now is a wonderful time to experience the beauty of the landscape and feel the frost biting your nose at one of the National Trust’s places near you.
“You could take in Baddesley Clinton and Packwood on a circular walk, earn a free bacon sarnie with the Charlecote Park ‘Winter Walks Loyalty Card’ or investigate some of the lesser-known areas of Upton House and Gardens on their perimeter walk.
“Whichever you choose, don’t forget to make time for a warming morsel in the café before you head for home.”
Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/winter-walks-in-and-around-warwickshire for full details.
Charlecote Park – From 9am every day, visitors can enjoy refreshing, winter walks at Charlecote Park. The return of Charlecote’s ‘Winter Walks Loyalty Card’ allows visitors to earn a free bacon or sausage bap by filling up the stamps on their loyalty card, every time they visit between now and the end of February. (Terms and conditions apply). Dogs on leads are welcome along designated routes and there are dog-friendly tables available so canines and their humans can enjoy a snack together.
Baddesley Clinton – Winter is one of the best times at Baddesley Clinton to wrap up warm and explore the Warwickshire countryside on the five-mile circular walk stopping off at Packwood. Take a stroll through what was once the great Forest of Arden, walk along the Stratford-upon-Avon canal and stop off at Packwood for a bowl of soup and a warming drink.
Packwood – If you’re looking for a gentle walk this winter, enjoy a stroll from Packwood across the Warwickshire countryside and explore the 800 year-old St Giles Church where the parents of Packwood’s former owner Baron Ash are laid to rest.
Upton House and Gardens – Upton’s gardens and shop are open every weekend in January. Explore the perimeter walk around lesser-known parts of Upton’s estate, including the Woodland Walk, Quiet Orchard and Wild Garden, before making your way around the Mirror Pool and back up to the house for spectacular views across the Warwickshire countryside.
While the house is closed for its winter deep-clean, browse the winter sale in the shop to bag some January pick-me-ups. The restaurant is open, serving warming drinks and seasonal bites.