Our new strapline The Power of Positive Nutrition is not just about eating a healthy, balanced diet, it is also about getting out and being active. Being active doesn't mean you have to go for a 10 mile run or lift weights at the gym, it can be something as simple as going for a walk.
We have recommended 7 walks across the country that vary in distance, difficulty and landscape but equally as enjoyable and a great day out for the family.
The Baggy Point to Woolacombe circular walk takes on a beautiful route from Croyde’s Baggy Point through the sand dunes of Woolacome Warren and then back along the beach with breath taking coastal views. The area is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geological features and is an excellent route for wild flowers and bird watching. It’s a challenging 10 mile (16km) route which will roughly take around 4 hours.
Richmond Park was created in the 17th century as a deer park and is the largest of London’s eight royal parks. The Tamsin Trail is the perimeter path that reaches all corners of the Park, passing many of the deer’s favourite spots. The full length of the trail is roughly 7.35 miles (11.83 km) and at a steady pace will take around 2-2.5 hours to walk. If you stop for photos or an ice-cream it may take 3-4 hours. You can join the path from any of the car parks or gates around the edge of the park.
Great Windsor Park with its ancient woodland, historic buildings, herds of deer and plenty of royal associations, is definitely a walk not to be missed. You can wander along the formal avenue of the Long Walk which is 2.5 mile (4.2km) path that stretches from Cambridge Gate to the Copper Horse at the top of the Snow Hill. From the Copper Horse there are fantastic views across the park and of Windsor castle, which is one of the oldest and largest occupied castles in the world. Or head over to the other side of Great Windsor Park for a 4 mile (7km) walk around Virginia Water.
The Hathersage to Stanage Edge Walking Route is a 9 mile (14.5km) walk starting in the village of Hathersage and taking you along the wonderful cliffs of Stanage Edge with superb views of the Derwent & Hope Valleys, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout. Stanage Edge is arguably the most impressive gritstone escarpment in the Peak District stretching for 3.5 miles (6km). Many people visit the area as part of their Pride and Prejudice pilgrimage as it was one of the filming locations for the recent film adaptation of the Austen Novel.
The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk takes visitors through four of the most beautiful parks in the world including St James’s Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. The 7 mile (11.3km) long walk is chartered by 90 plaques set in the ground and takes you within sight of three palaces and two mansions that were associated with the Princess during her life.
Horse Head Moor and Deepdale walk is an invigorating walk that takes you up Horse Head Pass and along the remote moorland ridge. The walk gives you magnificent views of the Three Peaks of Ingelborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent before returning along the beautiful River Wharfe. The Wharfe flows right through the dales before joining the Ouse. Keep an eye out for kingfisher, oystercatcher and dippers down by the water’s edge. It’s around 5.5 miles (8.8km) and should take you roughly 2-3 hours.
Loch Morlich is situated in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park in North East Scotland. It is located in one of the finest settings of any loch in the country, surrounded by forests and fringed by beaches, with the stunning backdrop of the often snow-clad peaks of northern Cairngorms. The 3.75 mile (6km) circuit of the loch is an easy but very popular walk taking around 1.5-2 hours. The Loch is also home to a water sports centre and yacht club making for a great day out with the family.
The Food Doctor team