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Claire

Keep your heart happy with a walk

Keep your heart happy with a walk

 British Heart Foundation is urging people to get active this summer as it publishes a report that shows that the UK is lagging behind its European counterparts.

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The Wonder of our Woodlands

 With spring well and truly underway, our woodland trees are now starting to come into full leaf...and to demonstrate their full glory. If you’d like to understand more about the trees you see whilst out rambling, help is at hand.

 

Claire

Silver walkers may be prolonging their lives

Silver walkers may be prolonging their lives

We all know that physical activity plays an important role in the world of public health. A recent study, tracking the lives of more than 5,000 older men, concludes that physical activity has an important effect on life expectancy.

Claire

Be sun smart when out and about

Be sun smart when out and about

You’ve planned your route, have the right shoes on, comfortable clothes and a drink carrier is in your hand. But are you protected from the sun? Not many of us think about it as part of our pre-walk checklist. But it's just as important to keep your skin protected whether going out for a country ramble or doing a town trail as it is when you are spending time on a sunny beach.

 

Claire

May is National Walking Month

May is one of the busiest walking months. With spring flowers bursting forth plus longer, warmer days everyone shrugs away the winter hibernation mode and has the urge to stride back out into the great outdoors. Here are some of the month’s key events...

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What is your favourite Spring Flower?

One of the many things that we love about the arrival of spring is the fact that woodland floors burst into colour. Throughout winter woodlands can feel quite stark, with bare branches of trees and the woodland floor seemingly bereft of plant life. No wonder then that spring is such a welcome sight as Mother Nature works her magic and starts the cycle of life.

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Unpowered exoskeleton improves walking efficiency

Unpowered exoskeleton improves walking efficiency

 Engineers have created the first unpowered exoskeleton boots that allow humans to walk whilst expending less energy. It would be easy to assume that humans have perfected the art of walking through evolution and learning, but it appears that science has more to offer. The boots make human walking seven percent more efficient, giving hope for those who have difficulty getting around.

Claire

Have you seen the Easter Bunny?

Have you seen the Easter Bunny?

Can you tell a Mad March Hare from an Easter Bunny?  Now spring has arrived, The Mammal Society is appealing for the public to record and report all sightings of a wild rabbit or hare. Hares may be declining in parts of the UK, while rabbits have been hit by myxomatosis and other viral diseases, says the Mammal Society. People are being asked to send in photographs of rabbits and hares to help map the UK population, whether it be in a London park, a Norfolk field, or on a Scottish mountain.

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Discover Surrey’s Hidden Gems...Introducing the Explore Surrey Collection

Discover Surrey’s Hidden Gems...Introducing the Explore Surrey Collection

 iFootpath has teamed up with Surrey County Council to bring you the Explore Surrey collection. This collection of 26 digital walking guides takes in the best of Surrey’s glorious countryside. Whether you're an adventurous walker or someone who prefers a short stroll, there's a walk to suit you.

 

Claire

The Festival of Scilly Walks

The Festival of Scilly Walks

We were lucky enough to spend a long weekend with friends on the Isles of Scilly earlier this month, just before the main tourist season started. The islands were quiet but even in the cold winds the clear air, star-filled skies, blue seas and tranquil surroundings provided a lovely feeling of escape.

 

Claire

Discover England’s Great Literary Walks

Discover England’s Great Literary Walks

Some of the greatest writers were inspired by the natural landscapes around them. It’s no surprise to me; we all feel our emotions awakened as we explore the great outdoors and our hearts are stirred. I guess the difference is that, whilst some of us are left speechless by the beauty revealed to us, the literary greats find their voices...

 

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Inactivity more deadly than obesity

Inactivity more deadly than obesity

Walking not only makes you feel alive, it is also helping to keep you alive according to new research studies. Fresh evidence has emerged that just a little bit of exercise, such as 20 minutes brisk walking a day, is extremely beneficial, regardless of whether people are overweight/obese or not.

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Warmest Year leads to a Blooming January

Warmest Year leads to a Blooming January

While out walking on New Year’s Day we saw some gorse bushes in flower, normally something we enjoy in April. We thought we must be going mad, but it seems not. The warmest year on record has led to all sorts of plants coming into flower out of season.

Claire

Unravelling the myriad of walking snacks

Unravelling the myriad of walking snacks

When you head out for a walk it is important to make sure that you have ample water with you, but also that you carry some food. An army marches on its stomach and all that! The million dollar question is...what are the best snacks to take with you when you go out walking?

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A new slant on the daily grind of the work treadmill

A new slant on the daily grind of the work treadmill

Many people, especially those of us that are keen recreational walkers, are outdoor types. We love nothing better than being in the great outdoors, striding out to discover new places.

With the need to earn a living, however, the reality is that most of us spend many days indoors, often sitting at desks for eight hours a day. With the shorter days of winter, all daylight hours during the week are spent at work, so walking has to take a back seat.

Claire

Love walking?...You’re not alone!

Love walking?...You’re not alone!

With so many miles of footpaths criss-crossing the UK, it is not surprising that when you’re out walking you often have a footpath all to yourself. Enjoyable as this may be, it does make it difficult to know just how many fellow walkers are out there.

Claire

The tale of the vanishing pylons

The tale of the vanishing pylons

Pylons are a regular sight as we walk around the UK’s countryside, carrying essential power to homes and businesses. Their impact does cause controversy however, especially in those areas classified as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). These areas are designated for conservation and also to provide the country’s ‘breathing spaces’ for enjoyment by the public. Particularly in National Parks, development is carefully controlled to protect the scenic beauty of the area. Some consider pylons to have a detrimental effect on this beauty.

Claire

To gym or not to gym, that is the question...

To gym or not to gym, that is the question...

It is widely accepted that keeping fit and active is an important aspect of our health and well-being. The debate is not IF we should keep fit, but rather HOW we should keep fit. As with most things in life, there’s no simple answer. Each of us needs to find what works best for our personal lifestyles.

Claire

Why walking and camping holidays are becoming more popular

Why walking and camping holidays are becoming more popular

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.

Claire

A fascinating journey along the New River

A fascinating journey along the New River

We were delighted earlier this year when Thames Water commissioned us to create iFootpath walking guides to cover the length of the New River. It transpired to be a fascinating journey through history, tranquil countryside and various neighbourhoods within Hertfordshire and north London.

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