It's that time of year again, when theres lots of celebrating, racing around buying gifts, and seeing friends and family, not to mention all the food devoured!
So, whether you simply need a timeout, or you’ve overindulged a bit and need some fresh air about you, this handy list of some of our favourite festive walks might just be what the doctor ordered.
When you’ve reached the point of no longer knowing what day it is, that is the time to get your coats on and drive out to Castlewellan Forest Park.
Be it a stroll around the lake or a visit to the impressive maze, breathing in the fresh forest air will leave you feeling grounded and energised.
If you’ve been catching up on Game of Thrones or checking out House of Dragons for the first time, you might be inspired to take a trip to Winterfell and head down the coast to Castle Ward.
They have a wonderful walk through the woodland and along the shoreline that suits all abilities so it’s great for granny too.
You might even spot some snowdrops along the way as well.
Tip: Keep an eye on the changes in opening times around Christmas.
It’s an oldie but a goodie. Hillsborough Forest Park situated in the Georgian village of Royal Hillsborough is a firm favourite for our families and we’re in no doubt yours will also be a fan.
The quaint lake is just a beauty to walk around and with recent installations across the park and a wonderful new playpark, kids of all ages can get a good run around plus it’s a great place to take those new bikes from Santa out for a spin.
Another family favourite of ours is Gosford Forest Park down in Markethill. It’s a popular camping spot in the summer but at this time of year it has some really beautiful walks to choose from and the all-important playparks for all ages so there is something for everyone.
They also have a lovely walled garden as well as a red deer park – the kids might even spot Rudolf relaxing!
Now if you really want to blow the cobwebs away then you need to don the all-weather gear and hit the beach at Murlough Bay.
Beaches are actually pretty popular at this time of year, and this one in particular is always a hit with the stunning backdrop of the Mournes and the wild heathers across the sand dunes. It really wakes you up having a dander along the beach at this time of year, so if you fancy a brisk walk then this is your spot.
This one is a bit closer to the city but is always a popular choice for a festive walk. Now it isn’t for the faint hearted although it can be as strenuous as you like to work off all those festive calories to make room for more!
If you choose to really go for it and head to the top, the views across the city and beyond are just amazing but this wouldn’t be one for a really wet and windy day. A nice bright, crisp winter’s morning would be the best time to drop by.