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Ramble with Great Little Breaks

Posted on January 07, 2016 by Sabina

As the January blues loom over us, walk them off! Whether the idea captures you because you want to improve your health or just for pleasure, enjoying the great outdoors has never been easier.

Walking has not only been proven to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses but opens up the world around us and enables us to truly appreciate our beautiful surroundings. The UK has many different hiking and walking locations that boast not only beauty but heritage and adventure!

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds offer over 100 miles of glorious walking (not that you have to travel all of those of course!) long distance views and journeys through picturesque small villages. You are sure to fall in love with the uniqueness of this place and all the beauty it has to offer. Throughout the Cotswolds stone features in buildings and stone walls act as a common thread in seamlessly blending the historic towns & villages with their surrounding landscape.

Malvern Hills- Worcestershire

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The Malvern Hills act as the division between Herefordshire and Worcestershire, with the highest part of the hills being the Worcestershire Beacon at 425m. The Malvern Hills are perfect for those who enjoy simple strolls, those more intense hikes or exploring days out with the family taking in the beautiful and diverse landscape

Watlington- Oxfordshire

Whether walking is something you do on a regular basis or not, the best way to enjoy it is to explore the natural beauty of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Do this at your leisure or get an experts interpretation of the landscapes around you. With Oxfordshire being just one hour away from busy London it makes for the perfect place to escape and enjoy the fresh countryside.

What to take?

First thing’s first, determined what kind of trip you are planning to take, and then plan for it!

Depending on the weather you may need to take extra layers, but do not worry. Walking is great for your health! Cardio-vascular exercise strengthens the heart and lungs and you’ll warm up throughout your walk.

You’ll get peckish. Take a small picnic with you so you are able to sit and enjoy the scenery before continuing on your travels.

If you are not familiar with the surrounding area, a map and/or any other type of navigation aid is highly recommended, we don’t want you getting lost!

Rambling sticks will help you support yourself throughout your walk, many are weightless so you won’t have to worry about carrying them.

Wear suitable walking shoes, comfort is key and accompany them with a suitable pair of walking socks.

Water! Water, and a little more water. You should have a large glass of water about an hour before you walk as during your walk you will be losing water. During and after; drink when you are thirsty. If you don’t want to carry water with you, try and plan your trip so you have access to a water fountain every 30 minutes.

Don't forget to take a camera with you. Capturing those memorable images will always make sure you hold on to the stunning scenery even once you have left!

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ? John Muir, John of the Mountains

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