Motivating yourself to exercise can be tough, especially if you're not a natural athlete. But it's important to remember that exercise isn't always about beating records or pushing yourself to the limit.
Walking is a great form of exercise that almost anyone can participate in without the need for great athleticism.
Here in the UK, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing areas to walk in, and excellent walking routes to follow. We've written about a number of these areas and routes, and in this guide we'll outline:
First, let's take a look at why walking is so great:
It's free, easy, and good for the environment
A little goes a long way
You can explore beautiful areas
The 15 national parks
- Dartmoor - beautiful woodland walks where you can spot the rare Black Ash Slug
- Exmoor - the highest coastline on the British mainland which is stunning to walk alongside
- South Downs - the newest national park in the UK, through which you can follow the amazing South Downs Way
Scottish walking routes
English walking routes
Being the largest country in the UK, you'd expect England to have plenty of excellent areas for walking, and that is definitely the case. Here are some of our favourite routes:
The Viking Way
The entire Viking Way route is more than 200 miles long, but it's the section which takes you through Caistor which is especially beautiful in our opinion, and it's manageable for most people. Read our guide here.
As we note in our guide to Sussex, Devil's Dyke is an amazing natural formation which is just 5 miles to the North of Brighton and is an amazing place to go for a walk. Read our guide here.
Welsh walking routes
We'd say that although we've published fewer guides about walking in Wales, the walking routes in this country are probably our favourite in the entire UK:
Accessible walking routes
Because walking should be for everyone, we wanted to highlight a few interesting walking routes which are accessible to all: