Get ready for winter

Get ready for winter - Supported by E.ON

10 best Christmas winter wonderland walks

Festive walks with Gemma Nelson from map experts Ordnance Survey

The Christmas period is a great time to get out and about to explore our countryside, whether it's to walk off your Christmas dinner or to get a nice burst of winter fresh air.

We're really lucky in Britain to have plenty of beautiful countryside walks. Here are our favourite Christmas walks, with links to OS getamap where you can view, zoom, create routes and print your map (some charges apply for saving routes and printing large-scale).

See reindeer in the Cairngorms

Nothing says Christmas like Rudolph and his reindeer. Only one herd of reindeer live wild in the UK and that's in the Cairngorms. In a tradition that dates back to 1952, some 150 reindeer roam freely on the Cairngorms and Glenlivet Estate. Parents with young children needn't be too worried, as reindeer are docile creatures and it's even possible to stroke or feed them - albeit under the supervision of trained guides.

Read full article
Read earlier articles

Events

  • Christmas Day

    25 December - Will this year be a white Christmas where you are?

  • New Years Eve

    31 December - What will the weather be doing as you celebrate the arrival of the New Year?

  • Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations

    31 December - Check the forecast for one of the UK's biggest New Year's Eve celebrations in Edinburgh.

More events

GRFW home page features

National Severe Weather Warnings

What is the National Severe Weather Warning Service?
The purpose of the National Severe Weather Warning Service is to warn the public and emergency responders of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause danger to life or widespread disruption.