Traditionally originating as a holiday for presenting gifts to the poor, today Boxing Day is celebrated in various parts of the world as a shopping holiday. You may wish to spend the entire day shopping, participating in sporting events, or simply sit back at home to watch your favourite movie. How about taking a stroll around the gardens or hiking up a hill?

Well! After the Christmas day, your whole family seems to be in a festive mood and as such, it is the best time to take a walk with your loved ones and spend some quality time. Moreover, after all that sumptuous eating and drinking on Christmas, you should probably stretch your legs or spend some time with nature to get back to your healthy lifestyle.

Here’s a some of the best walking or trailing routes that you may cover on the Boxing Day to inhale some fresh air and reignite the Christmas spirit.

Sycamore Gap, Northumberland

An iconic image associated with Hadrian’s Wall, the walk to the Sycamore Gap takes you to the famous ‘Robin Hood’ tree from the 1991 adventure film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The circular walk to the Roman Fort and the view of the glacial lakes of Crag, Broomlee, and Grindon create a visual spectacle.

Malham Tarn & Cove, North Yorkshire

Remember that pivotal scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when Harry and Hermione set up their tent over the curvy cliffs of limestone rocks? That beautiful location is situated outside the town of Malham. The circular walk to the Malham Cove and Tarn embraced by fields and hills is sure to leave a lasting impression on you.

Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire Coast

Six miles south of Whitby and 15 miles north of Scarborough, the Robin Hood’s Bay is a wonderful destination along the Yorkshire coastline. This small fishing village boasts some brooding cliffs, charming cottages, narrow courtyards, and a narrow gully to the sea, making it a perfect escape to nature.

Box Hill, Surrey

A perfect destination for day trippers, the Box Hill comprises an excellent area of woodland, slippery slopes, and rough paths that take you to some of the ancient buildings of Box Hill, the Fort and the iconic landmark, that is, the Stepping Stones. Besides these, the amazing flora and fauna would surely add to the beauty of your walk.

Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

The steep slopes, the stony walkways, and the beautiful harbour make the walk to the Dunnottar Castle is definitely worth it. The ruined castle is located on the Aberdeenshire coastline, perched upon a rocky headland protruding into the North Sea.

Waterfall Country, South Wales

If you wish to take an escape from the busy roads and crowds of the city and take a walk amidst waterfalls, then the Waterfall Country is ideal for you. An amazing walk through the Brecon Beacons National Park takes you to a series of waterfalls, beautiful biodiversity and woodland, enough to make your Boxing Day walk enjoyable.

Apart from these destinations, there are a lot more routes and trails that you can explore on the Boxing Day. For historic highlights, you may choose Dunster, a medieval village in South West England while for getting an insight to abundance of wildlife, you may walk through the fishing village of Kearney located in Northern Ireland. Other amazing Boxing Day walking or trailing destinations include Arthur’s Seat in Scotland, Dunstanburgh in Northumberland, Frodsham Hill on the Cheshire plain, Richmond Park in London, Divis Ridge in Northern Ireland, and many more.

Take a chance to stroll around these beauty spots on Boxing Day and burn that sumptuous dinner that you had on the Christmas eve. Ensure to carry the walking or hiking essentials with you to spend a stress-free day amidst nature.