As the crisp winter breeze sweeps through the British countryside, there’s a certain magic in the air that beckons those who brave the cold to explore it. Far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, our holiday lodges offer an exclusive retreat where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the season. In this blog, we’ll explore the art of making the most of the British countryside during winter, turning your stay into a memorable experience that goes beyond mere relaxation.
Lots of Britain’s native creatures go into hibernation over the winter, but it doesn’t mean our nature reserves are barren of life. Red squirrels, owls, deer and even mountain hares are all roaming across Britain during the colder months.
One of our favourite spots is Wicken Fen – which was famously frequently visited by Charles Darwin. It is thought to have over 9000 species of animals over its acres of wetland and grassland. Just 35 minutes in the car from Aspen Country Park in Suffolk, it’s the perfect place for a family nature walk.
If you’re a bird lover, look no further than Maer Lake in Cornwall, just 20 minutes in the car from Willow Bay Country Park. Situated in the picturesque coastal town of Bude, it’s the perfect place to slow down and enjoy some rare winter sun.
Gaze at the Stars
It might be chilly, but winter is the best season to partake in stargazing. With clear winter skies comes the opportunity to stop and look up to see the world above us in the form of stars and constellations. In the countryside, the lack of light pollution from other buildings and street lamps means you can get some of the best views of the night sky.
A short drive from Cherry Bird Country Park in Berkshire is White Horse Hill. The spot is perfect for a late night car picnic under the stars, but for those looking for adventure, the National Trust organises regular stargazing tours. These guided tours are hosted by a local astronomer and highlight some of the stars on show during that month.
Try Seasonal Produce
Winter isn’t known as a season of abundance, but England has a host of hardy seasonal produce on offer during the colder months for you to enjoy. The best place to get your hands on local fruit and veg year round is by far the farmer’s market, and there are a variety of markets that take place near our parks:
- Bury St Edmunds Farmer’s Market: Second Sunday of the month
- Newbury Farmers Market: First Sunday of the month
- Honiton Farmers Market: Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Once you’ve picked out your produce, you can bring them back to your lodge to cook up a hearty meal! With all of our lodges boasting fully fitted modern kitchens, we’re ready for you to cook up a storm this winter!