Winter is a magical time of year – crisp air, frosty landscapes, and a certain stillness that settles over everything. One of the best ways to experience the beauty of the season is to take a winter walk. If you’re in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth, you’re in luck! There are plenty of gorgeous walks to enjoy on your doorstep. Here are just a few of the best:
- Hengistbury Head/Mudeford Spit: This nature reserve is a must-visit for anyone in the area. It’s just two miles from Southbourne and offers stunning views of the coast, as well as plenty of wildlife. The paths are well-maintained, so it’s an easy walk for all abilities. If you’re feeling like a longer walk, you can start at Tuckton Tea Gardens and take in the river.
2. Boscombe Pier: If you’re looking for a shorter walk, head to Boscombe Pier along the prom. It’s just over two miles from Southbourne and the perfect spot for a brisk stroll along the beach. The pier itself is a great place to stop for a hot drink and take in the view.
3. Jump on a train and enjoy Brockenhurst Circular Walk: This eight-mile walk takes you through the heart of the New Forest, passing through the village of Brockenhurst and some of the most beautiful woodland in the area.
4. Christchurch Quay: For a more urban winter walk, head to Christchurch Quay. It’s just over four miles from Southbourne and offers plenty of cafes and shops to stop in along the way. The path follows the river and offers great views of the town.
5. Queen’s Park: From Southbourne you can walk through King’s Park and then under the Wessex Way through to Queen’s Park. If you pick a cold day there won’t be many golfers out and it’s a beautiful place for a woodland walk.
These are just a few of the best winter walks within five miles of Southbourne. Whether you’re looking for a short stroll or a longer hike, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful part of the world. So, grab your coat, lace up your boots, and get exploring!