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Claire

The World’s Most Beautiful Countries on Your Doorstep

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It is all too easy to spend excessive time dreaming about far-flung holiday destinations which might be out of reach in terms of time and money. There’s no doubt that there are plenty of tempting and exotic places to have on our travel wish lists, but don’t let that stop you appreciating what there is closer to home. A survey of Rough Guides readers has revealed the Top 20 most beautiful countries in the world, and you might be surprised by the results…
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How Dogs Protect Our Hearts

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Regular followers of the iFootpath blog, will know that I am often singing the praises of our canine pals. Who can blame me? Dogs are wonderful walking companions and you don’t have to look far to find scientific studies that show the many health benefits of dog ownership. The latest paper comes from Sweden, revealing how dog owners have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease…
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iFootpath is the new home for East Sussex Walks

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iFootpath has teamed up with East Sussex County Council to bring you 19 brand new East Sussex circular walking guides on the iFootpath App. The walks have been carefully selected by the council’s countryside team to allow walkers to discover the county’s countryside gems. From the famous chalk cliffs and the rolling South Downs to nature reserves, parklands, woodlands, country inns and former mills; there is plenty to discover and enjoy…
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The Science of Walking on Autopilot

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One of the joys of iFootpath is having access to more than a thousand UK walking routes, meaning there is always somewhere new to discover. Many of us also have our tried and tested favourite routes and, if you are like me, you may have four or five local dog-walking routes that you have walked hundreds of times. If so, have you noticed that sometimes you walk these routes whilst barely noticing your surroundings? It’s a bit like travelling to work, when some days you are not sure you can remember all the details of the commute. This always left me a little worried and wondering if a such a lapse of concentration might be unsafe. Well researchers at Cambridge University have put my mind at rest, with research showing that autopilot mode is a very normal part of our brain’s activity…

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The Decline of Flying Insects

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It is very easy to take the natural environment we enjoy on our country walks for granted, but scientists are continuing to report a worrying trend. Flying insects, including pollinators like bees and butterflies, continue to decline in numbers, despite schemes across Europe to support them. Perhaps we all need to do our bit in supporting these winged-workers to ensure the sustainability of our green surroundings…
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Favourite Autumn Facts

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It’s that time of year when wonderful open fires, hot chocolate and boots replace the less attractive sunburn, insect repellent and sandals. There’s nothing better that a bracing autumn walk followed by getting cozy in a pub or at home. The Danes hold the wonderful feeling of coziness in such high esteem that they have their own word for it. Hygge can mean hot chocolate by the fire while it’s snowing outside, but it also implies camaraderie and intimacy: it’s a social coziness, a coming together with people we love, against the encroaching cold. While you choose your iFootpath walking routes and snuggle by the fire, here are some of my other favourite autumnal facts to keep you entertained…
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Discover the Beautiful Penistone Line with iFootpath

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Another corner of Yorkshire is just waiting to be discovered by iFootpath walkers thanks to a new collaboration between the Penistone Line Partnership and iFootpath. These beautiful walking routes allow you to discover some amazing Yorkshire gems from an iron-age hillfort and a community farm, to stunning abbey ruins and scenic river weirs. This charming area is simply crying out to be enjoyed…
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Six of the Best: Walks with Chalk Hill Figures

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If you’ve never had chance to visit a chalk hill figure, then you are missing out on this enchanting phenomenon which is seen especially in England. The creation of hill figures has been practiced since prehistory and can include human, symbolic and animal forms. Whilst many of the figures are found in the county of Wiltshire, there are also spectacular examples in other counties that are well worth a visit. Here we present six iFootpath walks that allow you to discover some of these chalk hillside emblems…
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Spreading the Walking Word for a Healthy Nation

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Two national news stories have caught my eye in the last few weeks, entirely different topics but both linked to the sad rise of inactivity that seems to be gripping the nation. The health impact of inactivity can lead to suffering in humans and canines alike, so maybe we should be trying to pair up buddies that might be able to help each other…
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When is a Grass Snake not a Grass Snake?

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Ask any walker that knows their snakes and they will tell you that there are three species of snake native to the UK; adder, smooth snake and grass snake. Well, the latest findings from scientists change that fact, because it seems not all grass snakes are the same species…
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Competition Time: Win Prizes for your iFootpath Photos

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Earlier this month we shared a blog post about Nature Bathing, explaining our nine key principles for properly immersing yourself in an iFootpath walk. Now we’d like to see your Nature Bathing in action. Upload photos of you enjoying some iFootpath Nature Bathing into the iFootpath Gallery and you could win one of our many prizes…
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Learn to be BRILLIANT through Nature Bathing

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There’s a new Japanese export that’s worth taking notice of. It’s not the latest gadget or food craze, in fact it is the perfect antidote to the stresses of everyday life. Find out about Forest Bathing, its far-reaching benefits and how to create your own experience of Nature Bathing via an iFootpath walk…
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Discover Walks with Easier Access

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Walking is good for you, there’s lots of evidence to support this and it is has become a universally accepted fact. Team iFootpath believes that the benefits of walking should be available for everyone, and we mean everyone. A new search option on the iFootpath website helps you to find those walks with minimal obstacles and access restrictions, ideal if you have any personal restrictions…
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Sad Plight of the Hen Harrier

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There’s something particularly magical about seeing birds of prey in the UK countryside when you’re out walking. Whilst some species like red kites are thriving, things are less good for other native species like the hen harrier, with the chances of catching a glimpse of one getting slimmer by the year. The RSPB has just published its fifth national hen harrier survey which reveals sad news for these amazing aerial gymnasts…
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Join the Launch of the Sussex Hospices Trail

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Join Friends of Sussex Hospices on 23 September 2017 for the launch event of the Hospices Trail, Walk the Hospice Trail. Simply get a team together to walk one stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail, becoming part of a simultaneous relay to mark the official launch of the 200-mile trail. All money raised will go to support the Sussex hospices. Find out more about the event and how to take part…

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Win Prizes for Exploring Boston this Summer

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Active Lincolnshire has teamed up with iFootpath to bring a series of walks to Boston.

The walks, which range from nature walks in the woods to town trails, are all three miles or less and are designed to be accessible to all – whatever your age or ability.

And there are lots of prizes to be won.
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Nine of the Best: Cathedral Walks

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Cathedrals are an intrinsic part of the history of many of our cities. The sheer scale and elaborate design of these buildings demonstrates the status once held by the church and the efforts that were made in dedicating buildings to faith. Whatever your faith (or none), today they remain glorious landmarks within our cities demonstrating the skills of stonemasons past and present. Here we present nine of the best walks in England that allow you to visit some of our best-loved cathedrals…
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Dog Friendly? ... It’s Not That Simple

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Walking with a dog is a true joy, a daily pleasure that I wouldn’t want to miss out on and, here at iFootpath, we want to help all dog owners to get more out of their dog walks. Why then, we are often asked, don’t we tag the relevant walks as ‘dog friendly’? Our answer is simple, dog friendly means different things to different people. Here we explore what makes a good dog walk and how you can find the right iFootpath walk for you and your canine pal…
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Celebrate National Meadows Day 2017

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National Meadows Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of July every year, this year that falls on Saturday 1 July. It is a day when the nation celebrates wildflower grasslands, with many landowners showcasing the amazing wildflowers and species within their meadows. Find out about these stunning landscapes and events happening today from across the UK…
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Help Unearth the 2017 Tree of the Year

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Do you have a favourite tree, either local to you or on one of your much-loved walks? Does it have a tale to tell, playing an important for locals and wildlife or having a fascinating history? If so, the Woodland Trust would love to hear from you as part of their quest to find the 2017 Tree of the Year…
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