Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Yorkshire Water Way is finally nearing completion.

The finished walk will chart a 7-day route from Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales to Langsett in the Peak District. The walk takes in the summit of Great Whernside, the reservoirs of Upper Nidderdale and the Washburn Valley. The walk then follows a meandering course down through the South Pennines taking in Ilkley Moor and Saltaire World Heritage Site, Haworth, Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge, Stoodley Pike Monument, Cragg Vale, Great Manshead, the M62, Marsden, Wessenden Valley, Holme, Woodhead Tunnels and, finally, Langsett.

This is a walk of contrasts, from the wild moors of the Dales, Pennines and Peak to intimate cobbled lanes of former mill towns and villages.

Publication looks set for Easter...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Valentines Day is fast approaching and many people will be heading to the countryside to stay in a nice pub for a romantic weekend away, and perhaps do some walking as well (I can recommend some excellent books called 'Walking Weekends'!)

I have recently been reading about the many health benefits of walking and it got me thinking. In addition to reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers, obesity, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, regular exercise (like hill-walking) also has many social, spiritual and psychological benefits

Regular walking may help depression, anxiety and stress as well as improve self esteem and confidence. It makes you feel good. This is because exercise, especially 'green exercise' in the coutryside, releases endorphins into your bloodstream which gives you that 'happy buzz'. Walking in the Great Outdoors also gives you an unrivalled sense of space and freedom, it allows time for you to appraise your place in the natural world and it is also a very sociable activity.

Is walking a new type of aphrodisiac?

There's only one way to find out... Book yourself into a lovely pub in the Dales for a weekend away and then set out on Saturday morning to do a great walk, and leave the rest to the endorphins!