If you fancy an adventure this winter, look no further than these atmospheric and haunting spots, hand-picked by travel writer Jini Reddy.
During winter, it can be difficult to muster the motivation to venture outside. But, some of England’s iconic landmarks and landscapes really come to life during the chillier, darker months. Jini Reddy has chosen five of her favourite places to visit during winter that are full of wander and intrigue.
The Uffington White Horse, Oxfordshire
The mysterious figure of a white horse gallops across the Berkshire Downs near the village of Uffington. Cut up to a metre deep into the chalk grassland, the equine enigma has a long tail that merges with its body, stubby hindquarters and spindly forelegs. Visible from over 20 miles away, the horse dates back 3,000 years and is believed to be the oldest of the English hill figures.
This chalk figure owes its longevity to chalking and cleaning rituals; a tradition that continues today, albeit now carried out by a small group of National Trust volunteers. No one knows who created the horse or why, though some believe it is a fertility symbol – hence its rumoured popularity among courting couples. Others say it guarded the souls of ancient Britons.
St Nectan’s Glen and Waterfalls, Cornwall
Sunset over the mudflats of Lindisfarne Jesse Carson / Unsplash
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