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Explore a Corner of Lancashire with the Pendle Walking Festival

Explore a Corner of Lancashire with the Pendle Walking Festival

Pendle prides itself in hosting the UK's largest FREE walking festival and this year it takes place from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd August. Choose from 68 guided walks across the course of the 9 days and slot in an iFootpath walk while you're there.

 

Claire

Expert Advice... Stay safe from ticks

Expert Advice... Stay safe from ticks

Walking in the great outdoors has many health benefits, physical and mental, and is widely promoted as part of a healthy lifestyle. One of the small risks of walking in the countryside is the chance of being bitten by a tick. Here we uncover the truth about ticks, Lyme Disease and the precautions you can take to keep yourself (and your dogs) safe.

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Welcome back to the Pine Marten

Welcome back to the Pine Marten

The first confirmed sighting of a wild pine marten in England has been made in more than a century.

 

Claire

Make July your Flower Meadow Month

Make July your Flower Meadow Month

100 years ago colourful flower-rich meadows and grasslands were an intrinsic part of our agriculture and people’s daily lives. Meadows are grown in spring, cut in late summer and the hay is stored for use as animal feed over the winter months. Fast forward to today and over 97% of wildflower meadows have been lost.  To celebrate these now very rare and special spaces and to raise awareness of their striking decline, the first ever National Meadows Day was held on Saturday 4 July and July is the perfect time to visit.

Claire

Walking’s Feathered Friends

Walking’s Feathered Friends

This month saw the announcement of the winner of Britain’s National Bird, a bird that represents the whole nation in its popularity, characteristics and distribution. This made me wonder...which birds would appear on the list of the walker’s best feathered friends?

Claire

Walk this way: Waymarks Decoded

Walk this way: Waymarks Decoded

Whether you're following an iFootpath walking guide or taking your own adventure through the countryside, you are bound to pass a whole range of signage marking the public rights of way. Whilst most of us understand the direction the arrows point us in, there are also some more subtle pieces of information that the signage conveys. Here, we present a guide to waymarks to help you get the most of out of your countryside walks.

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.

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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.

 

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