Walking is an extremely popular past time in Britain, just ask the Ramblers association or go for a walk at the weekend and see for yourself. Not only is walking popular, it’s also very cheap – once you’ve got the right footwear and a good waterproof jacket. It’s a great way to blow away the cobwebs and totally ‘switch off’.
Many of us know of good walks in our local area, but sometimes it’s hard to find new walks, however, have you considered checking out the National Trust’s website? The site has 130 walks to download and, whether it’s the credit crunch and staycations that have got us interested in walking or not, the site has seen downloads of their walks double to more than 250,000 in the past year.
Topping the list of downloaded walks last year was the Bath Skyline walk, followed by Clumber Park estate, near Worksop in Nottinghamshire, and third in popularity was Ashridge Estate in the Chiltern Hills, between Aylesbury and Hemel Hempstead
The walks are divided into region or theme and rated on their difficulty, so there’s something for everyone. Guides include: how to get there, points of interest, length of walk and where to get that all-important cuppa when you’ve finished!
The National Trust currently has 130 walks to download – available here – with plans to increase the number to 1,000 by 2012.
Go on, dig out your walking boots and start walking.