Yorkshire Sculpture Park
As we head up out of the timber by the lake, the snow comes down and for a couple of minutes we will see nothing however the gray shapes of sheep as they huddle collectively. I even mistake the ovine ingesting trough for a bit of contemporary artwork, an error that would most likely solely occur right here within the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 500 acres of parkland, pasture and lake the place in your winter stroll you’re as prone to bump right into a Highland cow or Texel ewe as a Gormley or Caro.
Wilf, my terrier, thinks he is aware of which is extra attention-grabbing, delivering a stinging jet of canine criticism in direction of Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads. What Wilf lacks in inventive nous, nevertheless, he makes up for in appreciation of the stroll, recognising an excellent yomp when he sees one. We had began on the automobile park, passing Barbara Hepworth’s Household of Man, then looped across the numerous gallery buildings. There was lots to see round these outlying buildings: we bought sidetracked by a multicoloured octopus and a video set up, however lastly dropped right down to the Cascade Bridge after which up into the snowstorm on the hill.
Not all of the park is accessible to dog-walkers sadly. We’re going to abandon the hound later with a purpose to see Jaume Plensa’s Wilsis, a seven-metre-tall head by the lake. Within the meantime we press on, climbing to the Longside Gallery (closed in winter) then on to a wooded ridge the place Andy Goldsworthy has constructed Hanging Bushes, three stone-walled rectangles, every containing a lifeless tree.

Wilf checks out a Henry Moore. {Photograph}: Kevin Rushby/The Guardian
The enjoyment of this stroll is partly within the dialog and debate. I’m with somebody who loathes Goldsworthy’s “bouldery balderdash” whereas I’m a dedicated fan of his refined stonework. Our verbal battle retains the chilly at bay all the best way down by means of stunning beech woods, again to the lake the place we discover Henry Moore. His bronzes actually are the tour-de-force moments of all the park and are given centre stage on the broad lawns under the customer centre. And so we full our first circuit, a 90-minute loop, relying on how briskly you stroll whereas smiling appreciatively, or shaking your fist, at massive random objects.
We pop Wilf again into the automobile and stride out for the shorter lakeside route, which is unquestionably price the additional effort, though I’m adamant that the frozen lake with swans beats any human inventive effort – one other heated debate to maintain us going. I’m additionally fairly taken with the endeavours of a earlier technology: the park was as soon as dwelling to a formidable department of the Wentworth household who liked nothing higher than developing follies, inserting every kind of pyramids, grottoes and grotesque stony nonsense into the woods.

Wilf on the ridge. {Photograph}: Kevin Rushby/The Guardian
Once I recommend that they did “backyard furnishings” with extra humour and talent than all of the pompous trendy artists, we’re propelled all the best way again up the hill on a tidal wave of dialogue.
And there we attain the cafe, a stunning minimalist hunk of concrete with spectacular views – or a hideous brutalist nightmare – relying in your viewpoint. And there, in the end, we attain full settlement: each the curried parsnip soup and the espresso walnut cake are glorious. • Free entry, automobile parking £11 for the day, ysp.org.uk
Forest of Dean Sculpture Path

Window dressing … suspended stained glass panel, Forest of Dean. {Photograph}: Gretchen Mattison/Alamy
One of many UK’s first sculpture trails, this one supplies some big-hitting names – Cornelia Parker and Ian Hamilton Finlay are right here – plus three good walks of between two and 5 miles. Given the age of the positioning (it was began in 1986), among the sculptures do look a bit weathered, in truth some have been “decommissioned” and are gently disappearing into the forest. Sixteen items, nevertheless, stay. Value searching for out is Kevin Atherton’s Cathedral, which makes use of stained glass to create a way of awe in what’s one in all Britain’s best historic forests, the actual star of the effective walks. The beginning/end – level at Beechenhurst Lodge additionally has an excellent cafe and play space.• Free entry, automobile parking £5 a day (£Four a day weekends), forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk
The Sculpture Park, Surrey

This 100-acre park lies on the western finish of the North Downs, six miles south of Farnham. About 800 sculptures are dotted all through the woodland and round numerous lakes with a number of marked walks. It’s an eclectic combine: count on the legendary and wacky alongside super-serious items – one thing for everybody. There are many vibrant, enjoyable issues to maintain the kids amused, and, if you’re really moved, there are many items on sale. Guests are inspired to convey picnics, however you might discover the Bel and Dragon pub reverse the doorway a hotter location. There may be additionally the Orchard Barn Cafe a mile down the street.• Grownup £10, youngster (4-15) £5, thesculpturepark.com
Digbeth road artwork, Birmingham

Get a head … road artwork on a wall in Bordesley Road, Digbeth {Photograph}: Nick Maslen/Alamy
It might be the sheer amount of canals – 35 miles of them – that led to Birmingham’s graffiti explosion. What higher canvas than huge brick partitions with few passersby?
The cognoscenti reckons that Digbeth, simply south-east of the town centre, has the most effective. Native graffiti artist Panda says: “It’s bought such a particular mixture of artwork: graffiti, after all, but in addition movie areas, quirky retailers, and structure – I like it.” In his firm I begin the stroll at Selfridges (near each New Road and Moor Road stations) . We take the tunnel on Park Road, turning proper as we emerge into Shaw’s Passage, then left up Allison Road and proper into Bordesley Road, for the primary graffiti by Philth and by Panda himself. Reverse is the previous Typhoo Tea manufacturing facility, web site of graffiti by Inventory and a current location for Steven Spielberg’s Prepared Participant One. We head up Canal Road and switch proper on Fazeley Road for murals by Juice 126, Newso, Tempo 33 and G-Anders. Left on to the canal towpath, then proper down the Grand Union canal takes us previous an ever-changing roster of graffiti (“be careful for Fox by Annatomix”). Coming off at Coventry Highway, we then flip proper into Higher Trinity and seize a espresso at Mutt Cycles (“coolest motorcycle store within the nation”) then on previous numerous murals into Decrease Trinity and the Custard Manufacturing facility, the place there’s meals at Kanteen, extra graffiti and Panda’s workshop, the place I might be taught to spray, too.• Free, self-guided: particulars, map and photographs at walkruncycle.com
Grizedale Forest, Cumbria

Some Fern sculpture by Kerry Morrison at Grizedale Forest Park {Photograph}: Alamy
Unfold over 6,500 acres of forest between Coniston Water and Windermere, Grizedale is an enormous place with a good selection of trails. The paintings is geared towards wooden, stone and enjoyable, with lots to divert the youngsters on a time out. Ridding Wooden path is only a one-mile stroll, however extremely beneficial is the 10-mile Silurian Means, which can bag you a few dozen artworks.
Start on the customer centre and comply with the green-topped posts in a clockwise circuit that takes in Kerry Morrison’s Some Fern, now getting pleasingly weathered, then on to Andy Goldsworthy’s Taking a Wall for a Stroll. Round midway, within the village of Satterthwaite, there’s a useful pub, the Eagle’s Head, for a pie and a pint. Different sculptures price searching for out are Our Girl of the Water by Alannah Robins and Richard Harris’s contributions, Dry Stone Passage and Cliff Construction, each fantastically seasoned by moss and foliage lately.• Free entry, automobile parking £eight for the day, grizedalesculpture.org
Banksy’s Bristol

Bare reality… The Effectively Hung Lover, by Banksy, in Bristol. {Photograph}: Alamy
You’ll be able to take a tour, or simply go DIY as there’s loads of data on-line detailing the whereabouts of assorted authentic Banksy artworks. Within the metropolis centre you possibly can begin on the bridge on Park Road, the place it crosses Frog Lane, recognizing Effectively-Hung Lover, slightly augmented by lesser artists, one in all them armed with a paintball gun by the look of issues. Steps lead you down, through Frog Lane, to a different basic on Decrease Lamb Road, You Don’t Want Planning Permission.
Past that, take the Cross Harbour Ferry to Spike Island for Woman with a Pierced Eardrum on Hanover Place then stride east, perhaps stopping at cafe Little Victories earlier than hitting the M Shed, a gallery the place The Grim Reaper is on show, a Banksy that was reduce from the facet of Thekla, a nightclub on a former cargo ship, to reserve it from the weather. And so it goes on – for a number of miles in case you fancy heading out to Easton the place Banksy seemingly earned his spurs, however there are various distractions on the best way: Bristol is a good strolling metropolis.• visitbristol.co.uk