There are so many benefits to walking. They can cut down on many health problems, saving you time and money, while keeping you in shape – and it’s absolutely free!
Wherever you live, there’s pavement to walk on, a trek or a trail where you can experience the benefits of walking, and 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity walking a week can help relieve stress and prevent heart disease.
Women who walk regularly after being diagnosed with breast cancer have a 45% greater chance of survival than those who remain inactive, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Yale researchers running the study also discovered that those who exercised in the year before being diagnosed were 30% more likely to survive, compared to women who didn’t exercise in the run-up to their diagnosis.
Walking briskly for just 30 minutes, 5 times a week can substantially lower your risk of suffering a stroke, according to researchers at University of South Carolina. After studying 46,000 men and 15,000 women over the course of 18 years, those with increased fitness levels associated with regular brisk walking had a 40% lower risk of suffering a stroke than those with the lowest fitness level.
Italian researchers chose 749 people suffering from memory problems in research and measured their walking and other activities. At the 4-year follow-up, they discovered that those who expended the most energy walking had a 27% lower risk of developing dementia than the people who expended the least. Potentially, this is because of physical activity’s role in increasing blood flow to the brain.
This website is about encouraging people in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to get walking. There are plenty of health benefits to walking, so why not see what walks there are in your area?
With its stunning Jurassic Coast, boundless hills, long beaches, old houses and gardens, ancient castles, twee villages and delightful market towns, Dorset is very unique. Quiet rural lanes and a maze of footpaths and cycle trails make Dorset the perfect walking and cycling holiday county.
Hampshire is a mix of beautiful beaches, rolling hills and valleys with clear fish streams, forests and ancient woodlands, delightful villages, medieval towns and the great industrial harbours of Southampton and Portsmouth.
Go along the white hills of the North Downs to the shore where you will discover award-winning beaches and the stunning White Cliffs of Dover. Kent's rich past and heritage can be seen in the harbours along the Thames estuary, the amazing Leeds Castle and the ancient settlements and stunning cathedrals of Canterbury and Rochester.
Explore one of Britain's most bucolic regions, an area of changing landscapes, twee villages and the vibrant and inspiring city of Oxford. Discover the hills, hidden river valleys and medieval villages of the Cotswolds or go along the River Thames through Oxford and Henley to the hills of the Chilterns.
The fields, heaths and old woodlands of the North Downs are a paradise for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers. Explore historic villages and bustling towns, visit stately homes with their manicured gardens and enjoy a range of world-class attractions and contemporary arts venues only a stone's throw from London.