The longer days and warmer weather has finally returned to England and what better a way to enjoy it than taking a walk in the great outdoors.
Inntravel, the walking holiday company, are currently running a campaign encouraging people to
#GetWalking as a way to get outside and explore your surrounding area and keep fit. Here are my top reasons to get your boots on, get outside and #GetWalking:
I walk as way to burn off all the chocolate and cakes I have devoured during the working day. An average person of around 60kg walking for 30 minutes burns around 90 calories. The NHS recommend walking as a way to keep healthy and say walking regularly can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers. I use my Fitbit zip to monitor how many steps I have taken, how many calories I have burned and to reach goals I have set myself. The Fitbit zip connects to your phone and produces graphs and diet plans to help you lose weight or just get fitter.
Discovering amazing places
D and I love discovering amazing places only accessible by foot. We recently discovered an amazing train tunnel entrance built during the industrial revolution. It’s hidden among the tress close to where we live. We found out about it on the internet then set out to find it using an OS map of the local area. The limestone pavements at the top of Malham Cove and White Scars near the famous peak of Inglbouough in the Yorkshire Dales are only accessible by foot. Walking on the “clints” and “grykes” feels quite surreal. The scale of these impressive geological features is awe inspiring.
Reaching the top of a mountain is exhilarating and exciting. Having completed a challenge makes you feel a sense of worth and is a great confidence booster. Last year, we and a group of our friends conquered both Helvellyn and Scafel Pike in the Lake Ditrict and we plan to take on the Three Yorkshire Peaks Challenge this year. It’s a 25 mile walk over Yorkshire’s famous peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside.
Walking is a great way to get close to wildlife and learn about the natural world. Under the stones you walk on there may be ants and in the trees there are birds and you may see deer crossing your path if you are lucky. Last week we watched hundreds of frogs mating and spawning in ponds within beautiful woodland. I discovered them after hearing their calls from the path. Being on foot means you pretty much ‘run into’ wildlife which you would have otherwise missed if you were in a car.
Spending time together
Walking provides a great opportunity to spend time chatting with a friend, relative or partner. There isn’t a TV or mobile phone grabbing your attention which means you can spend quality time together.
Meeting new people in a Ramblers group
My friend and I are members of the local rambling group and go on organised walks now and again when we have a free evening or weekend. It’s a great way to meet new people who also enjoy walking and means you don’t have to plan a route or follow a map. Personally, I love map reading and leading the way but sometimes it’s nice for someone else to do all the work so you can spend your time chatting with others. If you are new to an area and want a way to meet new people I really recommend joining a Rambler group. Walks run regularly on evenings and weekends and often finish with a drink at a pub. Most groups run social events such as BBQs, pub meats and meals out too. To find your local group visit the Ramblers website.
If it’s free you can’t argue not to try it! Walking in your local park or closets footpath costs absolutely nothing. If you decide to take walking to the next level you can start spending money on proper boots and maps but you don’t need them to start with. Just get walking!
To encourage my readers to #GetWalking, Inntravel and I have partnered up to give away an amazing Fitbit zip worth £50 and this funky metal water bottle. My glamorous assistant, Tulip the lamb, is showing off the prizes up for grabs in the picture below.
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