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iFootpath hosts Surrey Life’s Best Winter Walks

We were thrilled when our friends at Surrey Life magazine got in touch to ask us to recommend ten winter walks for their readers. And with there being more than 100 iFootpath walks in Surrey, we were spoilt for choice…


What makes a good winter walk, we wondered? Far-reaching views to enjoy on those clear, crisp days came high on the list. Then there’s the matter of mud…some mud adds to the adventure but bogs are probably best avoided at this time of year! Areas of mixed woodland have a particularly haunting and enchanted feel in the depths of winter, with the bare branches allowing beautiful shafts of low, weak sunbeams to dance on the woodland floor. Walks with a bit of a story are a great way to spend festive time with friends and family. With all this in mind, we narrowed down our top ten and the result is a beautiful three-page spread in the December issue of Surrey Life.

As Matthew Williams of Surrey Life explains, ‘If there’s ever a time of year when a brisk, bracing walk is needed, then the lead-up to the festive season and all its ensuing mayhem is surely it.’

We hope you enjoy!

Surrey Life Magazone 2 4091


9 December 2016

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