Blow away the cobwebs with a seasonal walk with the Ramblers

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RAMBLERS UK has a range of seasonal walks you can join in with over the festive period.

For the first time, the Ramblers’ Festival of Winter Walks starts from tomorrow, Christmas Eve. It runs until January 2, giving you 10 days of free, festive walking possibilities.

Hundreds of walks are taking place around the country over the festival. All are free, fun and open to all. Chosen and led by Ramblers volunteers, many of the walks are short and family friendly but there are plenty for the seasoned hiker too.

The Milton Keynes & District Ramblers are offering an 11-mile circular walk in the Salcey Forest area on Monday, December 26, meeting at the Salcey Forest café car park. The walk goes via Piddington and Roade and you will need to pack your sandwiches. Call 01908 606595.

The Ivel Valley Ramblers group has a nine-mile walk on Tuesday December 27, setting off at 10am from Caldecotte South Lake car park, in Milton Keynes. Call Nick on 07803 125876.

On December 30, the Milton Keynes & District group has an easy seven-mile circular walk from Fringford, through Hethe, Cottisford and Shelswell Park. Bring refreshments as required. Call 01908 564055 for details.

On New Year’s Eve, the Milton Keynes & District Ramblers offer an easy, three-mile circular walk from Bletchley via the Blue Lagoon. Call 07743 133858.

The Aylesbury and District Ramblers will take you up Ivinghoe Beacon and through Ashridge Forest on New Year’s Day. The seven-mile walk meets at 10am.

Call Marie on 01296 630062.

Also on New Year’s Day, the Banbury & North Oxfordshire group has a seven-mile walk through the Fawsley Estate and Badby Woods, starting at 10am at Newnham. Call 01604 760162 or 01295 780967 for details.

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