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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
iOS Appstore November 2017
Great App - never get lost! by The Parallax View Best couple of quid I’ve spent in a long time. Walks are well described & it’s easy to see if you’ve wandered off the mapped tracks via GPS. Degree of difficulty is useful too - can choose a 2 Welly, 5 mile walk with a pub at the end for a relaxing Sunday.
Email November 2017
Wow what a lovely experience it was using your app worked perfectly from the off for the first time found walks nearby we would have never found, brilliant work guys and gals.
This is a great app. Easy to use. Great selection of walks and very uncomplicated instructions, good simple maps. Other walking apps I have tried can be very confusing, this one is just right. Thank you
I used the app for the first time this afternoon. I lead regular ‘Walking for Health’. The app is terrific!
I do a lot of solo walking...so always worry about safety and getting lost.....not anymore I don't...!!!!! The guides are always spot on....and that's what I do.just follow the blue spot...!!! Thank you.... It's my favourite app...!!!!
My wife and I did your Petworth and Shimmings Valley walk yesterday. It was absolutely beautiful and enhanced by the wonderful weather. Your instructions were the clearest I have ever used for walking.
Without doubt the best app that I have ever downloaded! - NT
This App is brilliant. It enables you to track your walks and download them for future reference. The Library provides you with a variety of walks and are supported by clear instructions and photographs along the route. This makes them very easy to follow. I have used the App for about two years and have found it invaluable. Should you have any queries about any aspect of iFootpath the support you get is second to none.
Absolutely beautiful walk, and a wonderful app. Thank you so much :)
I want to congratulate you on your web site/app performance, quick, reliable and easy to use. I have similar walking apps with OS Maps and ViewRanger but yours is best.
This app has totally changed my life, i absolutely love it. I did this walk yesterday, what a beautiful walk it is, i thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely do it again, in fact i met an older gentleman who was on his 100 and something time there!! My sister and daughter cant wait to come along. The noise mentioned about the motorway is negligible and for me did not detract from the overall walk at all, the view from the top was stunning!!
So far I have downloaded 5 walks and completed 3 of them, tomorrow will be No 4. I love your website The walk descriptions are the best I have used in the last six years of rambling since I retired. This is a website I would be more than happy to pay a subscription for, instead I'll donate a sum to my favourite charity. THANK YOU.
Have deleted Pokemon Go and downloaded @ifootpathuk which is much more 'me'
I love the illustrated descriptions of each walk section. Really helps to enjoy the walk and get to know something about what I'm seeing. So much better than apps that only provide GPS co-ordinates and no photos or description. Love it!
After trying out numerous other apps I came across this one: way ahead of any of the others in every way. Much more accurate and very easy to use with great features. Would highly recommend it as THE app to use for walking.
Just wonderful, with walks for everyone: the fit, the not-so-fit, short walks, long walks, through woods, up hills (and down).
I highly recommend it, as my mum and I use it to go for walks and finish by eating at a pub. Its detailed and sometimes humorous instructions lead us easily to our destination. Also, to top this, it has interesting facts about the area we're walking in
I don't review much but this app deserves it. Downloaded some really good walks and the combination of the good descriptions and the really useful map of the walk showing where you are make it a brilliant tool. Well done and keep up the good work.
Very enjoyable and well described route. Views over the river from the warren were stunning.
Fantastic walk and amazing views. Great directions though I followed the GPS map mainly
Great walk, instructions were very detailed, perfect!
This may be the best walk I've ever done. It was certainly the best directions.
Even on a cold windy day with it trying to snow this was still an excellent walk. We managed it with our 2 children of 5 yrs and one in a all terain pram (a defo no no with a normal pram). Will be doing this one again in the summer.
Used app while visiting (it was great!)--live in Texas. Thanks!
Your app and walks are a dream to use
Did this walk this morning with our three little girls and we all love it. Great day outdoor!