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Green Spaces worth £2.2bn to Health

Green Spaces worth £2.2bn to Health

Green exercise in England benefits adult health to the tune of £2.2 billion a year, according to a recent study published in the journal of Preventative Medicine. Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School and Public Health England analysed data from the world’s largest study on recreational visits to natural places, such as parks, woods and beaches. They estimated that over 8 million adults in England engage in green exercise each week, resulting in over 1.3 billion green exercise visits a year.

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Let iFootpath guide you to some Inspiring Views

Let iFootpath guide you to some Inspiring Views

iFootpath is proud to be the walking guides partner for an exciting arts project in the Surrey Hills. The Inspiring Views project commissioned five sculptors and designers to create sculptural benches at viewpoints along the Greensand Way at Gibbet Hill, Reynards Hill, Holmbury Hill, Winterfold and Hascombe Hill. Find out more about these striking sculptures and the iFootpath walks that will guide you to them…

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From Seed to Tree: How to Travel in Style

From Seed to Tree: How to Travel in Style

With harvest season upon us, it got me thinking about all things seeds. From a tiny acorn, a giant oak may grow. However magical it may seem, we all know that every beautiful old tree began life as a tiny seed. But if seeds were to fall straight off the tree and germinate at the roots of the parent, the next generation would fail and trees would be in crisis. Evolution created the answer to this conundrum and trees have developed a range of amazing techniques to ensure their seeds travel far and wide…

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Calling for Green Prescriptions

Calling for Green Prescriptions

Doctors prescribing exercise outdoors to patients would get more people doing physical activity and help reduce obesity, say councils. The Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils, is calling for a similar model to the "green prescription" in New Zealand that gets people outdoors, to be introduced in England and Wales...

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iFootpath recommended by Wales Outdoors

iFootpath recommended by Wales Outdoors

Wales Outdoors owner, Andy Lamb, has downloaded the iFootpath App to test it out. And his conclusion? He highly recommends it as a great walking resource! Thank you Andy for your vote of confidence. As a walking expert and outdoor professional, we really value Andy’s opinion…

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The Powerful Purpose of Purple

The Powerful Purpose of Purple

During August and September, our moorlands and heaths are transformed into a vivid shade of purple as the heather bursts into its annual bloom. But aside from being a beautiful spectacle for walkers, the heather has an important purpose. It supports lots of wildlife by providing food and habitat and it has also played an important role in human history too. Discover why bees love purple and find the best heather walks...

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Sussex Hospices Trail Takes Shape

Sussex Hospices Trail Takes Shape

An exciting new long distance walking trail, the Sussex Hospices Trail, is taking shape and is on track for completion in early October 2016. Friends of Sussex Hospices is working with partners on this ambitious project to create a new 200-mile walking trail, connecting and raising awareness of the twelve hospice providers that deliver their invaluable services across Sussex. 129 miles of the route are already published, ready for walkers to get their boots muddy for a great cause...

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iFootpath features in Countryfile Magazine

iFootpath features in Countryfile Magazine

As part of a joint project with Ryedale District Council, we spent three weeks in early Summer 2016 creating walking guides from the various market towns within this beautiful corner of North Yorkshire. One of the towns in question, Helmsley, is thrilled with the results and the iFootpath Helmsley walking guides featured in a July article for Countryfile Magazine.

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Take a walk around Ryedale's Market Towns

Take a walk around Ryedale

Ryedale District Council has teamed up with digital walking guide business, iFootpath, to devise and map four walks from each of Ryedale's market towns - 20 walks in total. The routes are described, photographed and mapped in detail and to make it even easier, they can be downloaded and followed using an app on smart phones, or printed out.

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iFootpath features in Best Apps for Amazing Days Out

iFootpath features in Best Apps for Amazing Days Out

They’re here! It’s time for the school summer holidays! Six whole weeks stretching before us filled with the lazy, hazy days of summer. Oh, if only it were that simple! There’s just that small matter of finding ways to entertain the whole family without breaking the bank. Ebuyer has published a blog post of the Best Apps for Amazing Days Out and we’re thrilled that iFootpath has made the list.

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Parkland Perfection…Celebrating 300 Years of Capability Brown

Parkland Perfection…Celebrating 300 Years of Capability Brown

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot Capability Brown, the landscape architect who earned the name England’s Greatest Gardener. He is said to be to landscaping what Turner is to painting and Wordsworth is to poetry. And the legacy of Capability Brown remains for us all to enjoy in large areas of parkland and gardens across the country.

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British Tourism at an All Time High

British Tourism at an All Time High

Britain could be set for another bumper year of tourism after visitor numbers in February broke all previous records. According to the Office for National Statistics 2.25 million people visited the UK in February 2016, an 8% rise on the previous year. It follows a record 35.8 million visits to the UK in 2015, 6 million more than in 2010.

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A Bit Too Green and Pleasant?

A Bit Too Green and Pleasant?

May and June are my favourite walking months, not least because it is the greenest time of the year. But this year, with ideal growing conditions for nettles and the like, it seems things might be just a bit too green and pleasant out there…

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Walking Benefits…Don’t Let Work Get in the Way

Walking Benefits…Don’t Let Work Get in the Way

We all experience pressures on our time, including at work, and it is easy to let this get in the way of our health and wellbeing. In a recent Westfield Health survey, it was revealed that 55% of UK workers eat lunch at their desks and half of us only get up from our desks to go to the toilet during the whole working day. Westfield Health explores the benefits of walking and provides some tips for fitting a little more motion into your working day…

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Celebrate Nature…June is Great Outdoors Month

Celebrate Nature…June is Great Outdoors Month

If you love getting out and about and enjoying yourself, Great Outdoors Month is the perfect month for you! It’s an ideal opportunity to teach children about the joy of playing outside and how getting out and about can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Getting out and about is often a free or cheap day out for families, and can be a lot of fun. It’s a great way to learn about nature and the environment, to de-stress and to improve your mental and physical well-being.

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iFootpath and DogWalksYorkshire Become One

iFootpath and DogWalksYorkshire Become One

iFootpath is pleased to announce that it is now the proud owner of another excellent walking website, DogWalksYorkshire. As current iFootpath customers know, our mission in life is to make walking accessible, fun and stress-free for seasoned walkers and newcomers alike. When we first came across the DogWalksYorkshire website we were pleased to find like-minded folk with a similar ethos, albeit specifically aimed at dog walkers in Yorkshire. When we learned that the current DogWalksYorkshire team were looking to pass on the baton to someone that could take their website forward, we were pleased to step up and offer to do just that.

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WANTED: Walking Ambassadors for West Sussex

WANTED: Walking Ambassadors for West Sussex

This summer we are working in West Sussex to help promote the area to visitors and to encourage more people to take up walking, both visitors and local residents. As part of this project, we will be creating 10 new West Sussex Weekends walking guides, beautiful routes exploring the West Sussex countryside, towns and villages. We need each walk to be fronted by a volunteer walking ambassador, someone that will put their name, face and story to the walk to encourage younger people and families to visit West Sussex and catch the walking bug…

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Walking is Key in How to Stay Young

Walking is Key in How to Stay Young

A recent two-part BBC documentary explored the latest scientific research into how to stay young in both body and mind. Episode 2 concentrated particularly on helping the brain to stay young. The findings, statistics and latest advice made a fascinating watch and it revealed good news for walkers!

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Expert Advice…Surviving the Pollen Season

Expert Advice…Surviving the Pollen Season

The hay fever season is upon us. It is an often under-estimated condition, but those that suffer will know all too well that is can be extremely debilitating and turn a bright sunny day into a miserable one. Anyone, from the very young to the elderly can suffer and in the worst cases it drives individuals to hide away indoors to avoid the dreaded pollen. Allergy UK explains the condition and provides some helpful advice for sufferers.

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Go Wild and Get Happy

Go Wild and Get Happy

Walking is good for you. Seasoned walkers will tell you this time and time again, but it’s nice to have it confirmed by scientific studies from time to time. The latest evidence comes from The Wildlife Trusts via an impact study of its 30 Days Wild campaign. The UK’s first month-long nature challenge saw sustained increases in participants’ happiness and health through connections with nature such as feeding the birds and countryside walks.

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