Those who would rather go walking
during the Christmas holidays than sit in front of the telly watching repeats and stuffing themselves with food may be enticed by the Winter Walks programme arranged by the Ramblers.
The walking charity's schedule of treks has already begun and lasts until January 6th 2013, offering walkers a chance to get fitter, rather than fatter.
Varying from easy four-mile strolls to technical ten-mile hikes, the walks should suit people of any ability and may help some get off to a good start to a new year's resolution to do more walking. Thermal clothes
may be a very useful purchase in the meantime, to ensure maximum comfort when walking on a cold winter's day.
People venturing up into the hills at this time of year should make sure they have a torch with them, police in Scotland said this week.
With the solstice having just passed and the daylight hours in the Scottish Highlands being shorter than anywhere else, the Northern Constabulary warned those heading outdoors of the need to have means of lighting the way when the natural illumination fades.