If you’re a regular visitor to iFootpath then it goes without saying that we built this website because we have a passion for walking and hiking across the UK. But over the last couple of years, the willingness to increase participation in walking as a form of exercise has also been under the spotlight, what with the increase rate of obesity in the UK.
The current economic struggles has also caused many families to tighten their expenses and look for less extravagant holiday options as well as hobbies that the family can do at a small cost. Walking or hiking obviously gives families time to bond while also taking in the sites of the countryside. Yes, the UK may not have the vast forestry of North America but there is a plethora of beatific spots across the UK that should be considered when planning your next camping trip. All of which you can look at more extensively in our browse walks section of the website.
But we are not going to touch on the destinations you should consider visiting in this article, moreover let’s have a look at some of the variables that have caused this increase in participation across the UK.
The economy has caused many families to look at alternative forms of holidays, and taking advantage of the British countryside seems to be one of the most trending holiday options at present. Gov.uk, recently reported that around 84% of people are now engaging in walking at least once a month, which is a significant rise from 5 years ago. Again, this has been aided by the media playing its part in highlighting the risk of heart disease to people who are inactive and lack any physical exercise at all.
The cost of travelling abroad has also seen an increase mainly due to the prices of long haul travel becoming more expensive. Even the short haul operators seem to be getting bad press nowadays as UK-based company Parking4Less reports a lot of flyers are complaining about the hidden costs many airlines are adding on to the supposedly “cheaper” flights.
Invaluable grass roots initiatives by the UK government such as the Walk to School campaign have reached over 13 million people. This has a knock on affect with families too, as the children not only enjoy such endeavours but want to walk more often and will help foster health-conscience activities in the future. Campaigns such as this not only help in heightening health but help lower pollution levels as well – something the government continues to focus on.
So, if you’re a family that is looking to save money on holidays and want to help initiate a lifestyle change, try a walking and camping holiday in the UK. Not only will you broaden the horizons of your family through immersing them in British cultural hotspots but also it will be easier on the wallet.
Once you’ve chosen your destination, make sure to download the iFootpath App to help you on your walking routes.