Five of the best winter walks

Start working off those winter excesses and begin 2010 afresh by heading for the great outdoors. Caroline Rhodes picks her top-five British beauty spots to visit this month.

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Few sights better convey nature’s vastness than this awesome landscape. England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, looms over the glassy expanse of water, which was recently voted to be the nation’s favourite view. Take a bracing walk along the placid lake shore to get your heart pumping.
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Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Candle’, the traditional Christmas decorations here at Chatsworth are a breathtaking sight for young and old alike. Visit in the evening to fully appreciate the candlelit experience, held on the 11th, 17th and 18th of this month. 

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3. Forest Fawr, Wales
Within easy reach of Cardiff in the Brecon Beacons National Park, this beautiful broadleaved woodland was once an ancient hunting ground. With crystal waterfalls and many walking routes, these old forests are an excellent and accessible destination for family fun this January.
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Surrounded by rock cliffs, the golden sands of Porthcurno beach are a fine spot to watch big waves come crashing in, and allow the sea air to set you up for the year ahead. To fully blow away the cobwebs, you can walk the rugged coast path for 6 miles from to Land’s End.
 
The high points of Exmoor National Park are littered with an estimated 350 ancient burial mounds, with amazing views of a landscape which has been cultivated and formed by humans since the Neolithic period.. A romp across these hills to Chapman Barrows on is sure to clear your head and put things into perspective.
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