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National Trust reveals best spots for wintry walks including Scotney Castle, Knole Park in Sevenoaks and Sissinghurst Castle

A list of the best places to embark on wintry walks this year has been revealed by the National Trust.

Wrap up warm and entertain visiting friends or family with a bracing walk around a choice of landscaped gardens, naturally rugged outdoor sites and parkland.

A range of the gardens and countryside spaces the National Trust oversees are open from Boxing Day onwards, offering the opportunity for winter walks.

Knole Park. Picture: National Trust, Jonathan Sargent
Knole Park. Picture: National Trust, Jonathan Sargent
Picture: National Trust, Nadia Mackenzie
Picture: National Trust, Nadia Mackenzie
Visitors can take a wintry walk at Knole Park. Picture: National Trust, Jo Hatcher
Visitors can take a wintry walk at Knole Park. Picture: National Trust, Jo Hatcher

There will be opportunities to experience frost-covered topiary and borders, ice rimmed lakes and windswept beaches befor heading to a tea room for a warming treat. 

All the money spent during a visit contributes to the maintenance of the places in the National Trust's care including stately homes, countryside and coast. 

The best places to enjoy a festive walk have been listed by the National Trust, they include: 

  • Ightham Mote - The manor house's ground floor, tea room and shop will be open daily from 11am to 3pm daily between Boxing Day and December 31 and from 10am on New Year's Day. Tickets are £21.50 per person, to book call 01732 811314
  • Knole - Knole's parkland will offer a range of walks that show glimpses of the resident deer herd, flat routes for relaxed strolls and a longer walk to nearby Ightham Mote. For more info visit: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/things-to-see-and-do/events/
  • Scotney Castle - Three marked trails are open to explore at Scotney Castle this winter. Inside the house an exhibition showcasing recently discovered items from the First World War including never before seen medals and war diaries will also be open. A special trek with a half-way bonfire overlooking the grounds will also take place. For more info visit:http://www.visitkent.co.uk/attractions/national-trust-scotney-castle/202313?micrositeid=209
  • Sissinghurst Castle Garden -Created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson, the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle will holdwintertours available daily between December, 26 and January, 2. Hear the stories of the estate, buildings and people that have formed Sissinghurst Castle’s history and continue to shape its future whilst admiring the wintry garden. For more info visit:http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle/

For further information on National Trust events and wintry walks visit: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

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