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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival 2014

Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival 2014

The beautiful Isle of Purbeck in Dorset is a walker’s paradise. From coast to country, the variety is unsurpassed. To celebrate the beauty of this beautiful walking territory, the 2014 walking festival will take place between Saturday 20 September and Sunday 28 September.

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Walking back to happiness

Walking back to happiness

How come so many of us are obsessed with our physical fitness, rather than our mental well-being?

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Let the walking games begin

Let the walking games begin

There’s no doubt that walking with children brings extra challenges. You will need to choose the route carefully to make sure the terrain, obstacles and length are suited to all members of the family. But once this is done, it can still be tricky to motivate children to become enthusiastic hikers! Don’t let boredom set in. Why not try incorporating some simple games to inject a bit of fun into the outing. Here are a handful of suggestions:

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Red Kites are a Soaring Success

Red Kites are a Soaring Success

A previously endangered species of bird is now thriving, 25 years after the conservation project to reintroduce it began.

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The Honour of working with Surrey Barons

The Honour of working with Surrey Barons

Just a stone's throw from London, in England's south east corner, Surrey offers a great diversity of walking landscape as well as pubs that cater for all tastes.  It really is a match made in heaven.

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Grooming the Kilburn White Horse

Grooming the Kilburn White Horse

The Kilburn White Horse, a figure cut into the hillside in the North York Moors at Sutton Bank, is Britain’s largest white horse figure and its most northerly. However, unlike its southern cousins it is not cut into a chalk hillside and so over the years the white surface slowly greys as algae grows on the stones.

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A whiff of times gone by

A whiff of times gone by

I have to confess that history was never my favourite subject at school, which was a strange sensation for me. I loved school and enjoyed all the other academic subjects, my favourites being mathematics and geography. But history and I just didn’t gel. I found it difficult to concentrate in class, impossible to absorb the various dates and events and failed to see the significance to my life. History simply remained a mystery to me...

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Proud to be working with Adnams

Proud to be working with Adnams

iFootpath has teamed up with Southwold-based brewer Adnams to create 11 walks exploring Norfolk and Suffolk beauty spots with refreshment stops at 15 Adnams pubs, including The Wherry Inn at Geldeston and The Ferry Inn at Stokesby.

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Blooming Spring... it’s more than just bluebells

Blooming Spring... it’s more than just bluebells

The Spring Equinox, 21 March, is a key turning part in the annual calendar, marking the date on which the day and night are of equal length. This turn in the seasons has been celebrated by cultures throughout history with festivals for their gods and goddesses held at this time of year. Today, Pagans continue to celebrate the coming of spring. At the time of Spring Equinox the god and the goddess are often portrayed as The Green Man and Mother Earth. 

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Looking down – the world beneath our feet

Looking down – the world beneath our feet

For the first in this series of articles about the walking world around us, let’s start by looking down...a very good place to start. At the very least, looking down at the earth on which you are walking is the best way to prevent any nasty trips and slips and avoid those deceptively deep puddles ( a lesson that would have been helpful for the Vicar of Dibley!). But what other information does the ground in front of you have to impart?

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