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Winter is one of the most spectaular seasons in Britain - especially if you're walking in the remote mountains of the Scottish Highlands or Welsh mountains.

Even in our towns and cities a layer of snow can turn the urban landscape into a magical scene!

Red telephone box and post box covered with snow © Paul - stock.adobe.com
Red telephone box and post box in the snow © Paul - stock.adobe.com

The iconic cast-iron red telephone box was designed in 1924 - it was the winning entry in a Post Office competition, and the designer was Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Around 2,000 red telephone boxes across the UK have been listed, so they will be around for many years to come.

White snow-covered mountain in the distance with frozen water in the foreground
Snowdonia in the snow © Gail Johnson - stock.adobe.com

Snowdonia National Park covers 823 square miles of northwest Wales, and contains Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.

snow covered mountain peak with waterfall in the foreground
Buachaille Etive Mor mountain in Glencoe, Scottish Highlands © DMac - stock.adobe.com

Buachaille Etive Mor's distinctive triangular shape makes it easily recognisable, and is often featured on postcards.

It is actually a ridge which is about five miles long with four main peaks, two of which are Munros in their own right.

Sunrise on frosty morning with wooden stile on top of hill and distant view of lake Windermere
Wooden Stile with distant view of Lake Windermere © _Danoz - stock.adobe.com

Windermere in the Lake District, is the biggest natural lake in England. It is over 11 miles long and 1 mile wide (at its widest point), and one of the most popular lakes in the Lake District.

Large red deer with magnificent antlers in a snowy landscape
Red Deer in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park © Petr Jelinek - stock.adobe.com

Winter is the best time of year to spot red deer in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. They come down to lower levels in the glens for protection from the bitter cold of the snowy mountain tops, and to find food.

Looking into the sunset, a high level view of Princes Street in Edinburgh, with the buildings in silhouette
Winter Sunset in Edinburgh © Xavier Oviedo - stock.adobe.com

This is the view from Calton Hill, looking down Princes Street. The clock tower belongs to the 5-star Balmoral Hotel, and the pointed building in the distance is the Scott Monument, dedicated to the writer Sir Walter Scott.

Large circular stone tower on top of grass mound with light sprinkling of snow
Cliffords tower in York © Charlie Milsom - stock.adobe.com

Clifford's Tower is the keep of the Norman motte and bailey York Castle, which was built in 1086. The stone tower walls you can see today were constructed in 1270, after four previous (less robust) towers were destroyed.

Deserted snowy walkway by the side of the River Thames
Snow on the South Bank by the River Thames in London, near Southwark © cheekylorns - stock.adobe.com

The South Bank is an area of London by the side of the River Thames, with a tree-lined walkway by the river, called the Queens Promenade. There is an entertainment complex of theatres and galleries (the SouthBank Centre) and lots of interesting shops and restaurants.

Tall stone monument on the top of a snow covered hill
Stoodley Pike near Todmorden in the South Peninnes © Gail Johnson - stock.adobe.com

It's a long way to the top of the Stoodley Pike Monument - first you have to climb Stoodly Pike Hill which is 1,300 feet high, and then you need to climb 39 steps inside the monument (another 40 feet) to the balcony at the top. Lots of climbing but well worth it for the fantastic views!

The monument is a peace monument that was built to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo. You will pass it if you are walking the Pennine Way.

Paved stone path leading to steep mountain with snow at the top
Miners Track to Snowdon © Dyfed - stock.adobe.com

The miner's track is one of the six main routes to the top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa). It was originally built to serve the Britannia Copper Mine, which closed in 1916.

The beginning of the route is fairly easy with a wide path, but once you reach the ruins of the old copper mine the path becomes more arduous and steep all the way to the top!

View of distant snow covered mountain and lake in Wales
Snowdonia National Park © chris2766 - stock.adobe.com

Every year more than 500,000 people climb to the top of Mount Snowdon - did you know there's an easier way to the top? The Snowdon Mountain Railway (said to be one of the most scenic railways in the world) has been winching people to the top since 1896.

Snowy mountain in the background, and waterfall in foreground
Early morning light and shadow over Glyder Farw and waterfall © Andy Chisholm - stock.adobe.com

Glyder Fawr is the fifth highest moutain in Wales, and has several routes which allow dedicated walkers to reach the top.

The name is said to be from the welsh word Gludair which means "heap of stones". Any guesses as to what you'll find at the top of this mountain?

Small river with snow-covered trees either side
The River Okement near Okehampton in Devon © annacurnow - stock.adobe.com

The River Okement is formed in Okehampton from two separate rivers - the East Okement River and the West Okement River. Once they unite in the town centre, they flow downhill away from the high ground of Dartmoor to evetually reach the sea.

Icy waterfall flowing over frosty landscape
Dartmoor Winter © Helen Hotson - stock.adobe.com

Not sure we'd advise dipping your toes in this icy waterfall in the Dartmoor National Park! It makes a lovely view though...

Distant view of frosty fields in morning sunlight
Frosty morning in the Torridge Valley, North Devon © pjhpix - stock.adobe.com

You can follow in the paw prints of Tarka the Otter when you explore the lush landscape of the Torridge Valley in North Devon.

Romte scottish castle on island in loch, with snow covered hills in the background
Eilean Donan Castle © danmir12 - stock.adobe.com

Eilean Donan Castle is said to one of the most photographed castles in the world - and you can see why. Its remote location makes for a stunning backdrop - deep blue loch, snow covered mountains and heather-covered hills. This photo has it all in one shot!

Castle ruins by the side of a loch and with distant snow covered mountains
Kilchurn Castle © Martin - stock.adobe.com

This is a fantastic shot of the desolate beauty of abandoned fortress Kilchurn Castle, reflected in the still waters of Loch Awe, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

Stone tower with blue sky and snow on grass in foreground
Broadway Tower © david hughes - stock.adobe.com

Broadway Tower was said to have been built in 1789 as an experiment for Lady Coventry, who wondered if it would be possible to see a beacon lit on the tower from her home (Croome Court) in Worcester, which was 22 miles away. The experiment was a success and the beacon was clearly visible!

Since then the tower has had many uses including housing a printing press, an artist's hideaway, a Cold War bunker and nuclear fallout monitoring station, and its current use as a tourist attraction.

Ornate circular building in Oxford in winter sunlight with snow on the ground
The Radcliffe Camera in Oxford University © Nathaniel Gonzales - stock.adobe.com

This sunny winter shot of the Radcliffe Camera captures the beautiful "Dreaming Spires" atmosphere of Oxford perfectly.

Cathedral with very tall thin spire pictured on a bright sunny winters day with snow on ground
Salisbury Cathedral © julianelliott - stock.adobe.com

There are 332 steps to the top of this spire, which will take you 68 metres above ground. It's worth the effort though, for the fantastic views of Salisbury and the surrounding countryside. You even get a birds-eye view of the inside of the cathedral as you climb up.

Snow covered scene with cottage and trees, and snow covered mountains in the distance
Snow in the Peak District © SakhanPhotography - stock.adobe.com

This picture postcard scene of a sunny winter's day in the Peak District shows winter in Britain at its best.

Tiny cottage dwarfed by huge snowy mountain with waterfall in foreground
Lagangarbh Cottage at the foot of Buachaille Etive Mor on Rannoch Moor © Andy Morehouse - stock.adobe.com

This cozy looking cottage is just at the entrance to Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland. It benefits from stunning scenery all year round, but we think Winter is the most dramatic and beautiful season here.

Large Cotswold Stone house with snow on the grass in front
Cotswold House in Snow © andrewmroland - stock.adobe.com

The distinctive cotswold stone this house is made from is yellow Oolitic Jurassic Limestone which was formed in the Cotswold area around 200 million years ago. This type of stone is said to be rich in fossils so keep an eye out for them next time you're wandering round the Cotswold villages admiring the stone houses.

Grand tall church spire in snow covered churchyard
The famous old 'wool church' at Painswick in Gloucesteshire © Chris Rose - stock.adobe.com

Painswick's magnificent Church of St Mary the Virgin was built with the proceeds from the wool production and weaving in the town. The churchyard is famous for the 99 yew trees which grow there!

Farmland and cottages covered in snow in the Yorkshire Dales countryside
Snowy view in the Yorkshire Dales at 900ft © Fencewood studio - stock.adobe.com

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a region of contrasts - from tranquil rolling hills and dales (like in this picture) to bleak windswept hills and expansive heather covered moorland. You'll find magnificent views all around and endless wonderful walks and driving tours to try.

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