Walking is wondrously healthy, especially in the Lake District

Getting people to walk more is so important. Walking is an excellent form of exercise, something that can be done singularly or as a group, young or old and is low impact.

The benefits of walking are huge, beyond what the majority of people think. So why walk? With the recent stats that inactivity kills more than obesity, upping the amount of daily steps you take is more important than ever. Losing weight and toning up are great benefits of walking but it also has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers. Brisk walking has been identified as the most beneficial improving circulation, lung and heart performance and lowering of blood pressure.

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But walking isn’t just good for the body, it is also proven to keep minds healthy both in the long and short term. As with any form of exercise, feel good chemicals are released from the brain giving good feelings. Walking can contribute greatly to helping people cope with depression, anxiety and stress helping clear the mind short term too.

The Lake District is the walking capital of England with the majority of visitors to the region choosing this activity over any other. Walking in the Lake District is diverse from tackling England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, to less strenuous and route alongside Lake Windermere. What will be guaranteed the same on each walking route or path are great views and the freshest of air.

A great walk of a very manageable 4.5 miles is a walk from Far Sawrey to Claife Heights, a scenic upland area with views over Lake Windermere. The walk starts and finishes at The Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn at Far Sawrey so lunch or dinner can be enjoyed on the return there. Alternatively, The Cuckoo Brow also offer bed & breakfast and are very walker friendly making the inn a great base for a plethora of walks in the area. Miles can be clocked up walking around this area without even realising. Rooms at The Cuckoo Brow Inn from £77 per room B&B, call 015394 43425.

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