Which location first comes to mind when you think of Britain’s most beautiful winter walks?
Lake District? Northumberland? Maybe even London’s own Hampstead Heath?
Well, this underrated city in the eastern part of the capital, which you can even take the Tube to, has been voted one of Britain’s best places for a festive stroll, and the best in London.
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Leytonstone in Waltham Forest is obviously not the first option that pops up, but the route around Hollow Ponds has given it a top spot on The Telegraphs list.
They said: “Hollow Ponds, located a few miles to the east and in Leytonstone, is just as nice thanks to its calm water and withered oak trees.
“It’s in London, so it’s hardly a wilderness trip, but it’s underrated.”
The location got its place as one of the best in the south east of the UK for several reasons.
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The archipelago of islands with winding paths winding around the peaceful water bodies is the perfect winter hike, with pubs and cafes along the way to stop for a pit stop.
Hikers can enjoy a stroll around the lakes or choose to take a more serious hike in the 13-acre park, it’s entirely up to them and how far they want to go. One thing is for sure: dogs will love it.
Curious wildlife seekers will be at home with all the different types of birds that you can see along the way.
What you will not encounter on this walk are any hills, or really any kind of slope. So it is accessible to anyone and everyone.
The journey from central London to the Victoria Line Tube will take around 45 minutes, and once you are there, there are plenty of options for how to spend the day.
Rent a boat to paddle around the lakes; fish in the ponds; venture into Leytonstone for a bite to eat and a bit of shopping.
As you stroll around the lakes, you can consider their history.
They took shape back in the late 1800s after gravel was dug out of the forest to use for road construction in the area.
When the work stopped in 1878, the holes after the excavation were filled with water and have over time become the lakes we see and enjoy today.
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