The Pack Horse Inn, Chathill
The cosy inn and dog-friendly bar has a roaring open fire and is certainly a great place to recuperate and thaw out after a walk on the nearby beaches, or a morning exploring the surrounding whitewashed countryside, with a pint or glass of wine from their extensive list, of course.
The Carpenters Arms, Thirsk
This Inn boasts an extensive bar, stocked with local beers, hand pulled ales and wine list, so even the most discerning hibernator will find something to settle down with in front of the roaring open fire.
La Bottega Milanese
This quirky, urban cafe has two outposts in Leeds’ City Centre. While they may be experts in creating the perfect coffee, their hot chocolates are definitely worth the trip. You won’t find them topped with lashings of whipped cream and marshmallows, instead simple, silky and smooth – the Italian way.
The Corner House, Berwick
This cosy and quirky coffee shop comes complete with an open fire, and frankly, an unbeatable selection of homemade cakes. Blueberry and lime, chocolate and honeycomb or rhubarb crumble and custard cake anyone? Treat yourself to a slice alongside their hot chocolate soup – it doesn’t get much better than this, trust us.
Langstrothdale, Skipton – 2 miles, approximately 1-2 hrs
This short two-miler begins at beautiful Langstrothdale, where you will cross the ancient packhorse bridge at Yockenthwaite and follow the River Wharfe towards Beckermonds. You'll pass the Yockenthwaite stone circle, a fascinating cave with a waterfall inside, and glaciated valleys, before following the river back to Yockenthwaite at the end of the walk.
Jesmond Dene, Newcastle – 2 miles, approximately 1 hr
This river valley just outside of Newcastle city centre was landscaped with waterfalls, grottos and arched bridges by Victorian engineer Lord Armstrong. Try this smooth but steady climb, past crumbling Victorian architecture and through trees, that will reward you with stunning views of the valley and the snow-capped city beyond.
Weardale Ski Club, Durham Dales
Swinhope Moor in Weardale, Durham Dales is one of the country’s biggest volunteer run ski clubs and has seven pisted runs over 1km in length, two button lifts, a piste basher, off-piste skiing and a gully full of jumps and ledges. Non-members can ski mid-week for £20 a day and the Black Bull at Frosterley provides the après-ski.
The Lake District Ski Club operates a 360-metre button tow on Raise, next to Helvellyn in the Lake District National Park. It’s steep slopes are ideal for aggressive skiers and snowboarders; there are easier runs but generally the resort is suited for intermediates and experts.