We want everyone to mark National Walking Month and get outside to enjoy the great outdoors.
May is National Walking Month and now the evenings are lighter for longer, this makes it the perfect time to get outside, and get walking. Walking has a whole host of different health benefits that you can use to motivate you to introduce walking into your daily lives.
Walking is good for your heart and is a great way to lose weight. It is a full body workout and is an ideal way to get your Vitamin D intake by enjoying the great outdoors. In the same way, walking can help you feel energised, it is also great for making you feel happy. A brisk walk can be just as beneficial as taking an antidepressant, and can be a great helping hand if you are suffering from depression, anxiety or feeling stressed.
There are many benefits to walking for our mental and physical health so now is the perfect time to get outside whether it is for a daily stroll, exercise or hiking.
Go on a staycation
Walking is seen by many of us as a great way to stay healthy, to meet friends and family in a safe and legal way, and to discover new places. As all the restrictions continue to be eased in the UK and international travel is still on the back-burners; now is a great time to support local businesses and tourism, and visit some of our best walking hotspots.
Walking is also another great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Coupled with a reusable, refillable Water-to-Go filter bottle by your side to keep you hydrated; you will definitely be doing your bit for the planet.
With the outdoors having been many people’s only solace and break from work during the pandemic, we have all come to realise that walking and the great outdoors is fantastic. It is definitely something that we have all taken for granted a bit!
National Walking Month also coincides with Walk to School Week, all organised by the British Heart Foundation, to get the British public out and enjoying the great outdoors, whilst also raising awareness. It is a great way to mark the event by organising your own walk this May and raise money for their life saving research.
By taking part in their ‘Just Walk’ campaign, you can help them to support the 7 million people living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK. More details about this are available on their website.
Britain’s Favourite Walks
Britain’s Favourite Walks was a program shown on ITV in 2018 that showcased the top 100 walks in the UK, in association with our partners Ordnance Survey and The Ramblers. Based on the results of the largest survey ever conducted into the UK’s hiking habits, here are the top 5 routes as voted for by more than 8,000 walking enthusiasts.
1) Helvellyn – 16.3km (10.1 miles)
This is England’s third highest peak and is a walk for those with a decent level of fitness. The infamous ‘Striding Edge’ is a challenging ridge walk but this route leaves from the village of Glenridding before ascending the summit – and it’s spectacular views – via the Keppel Cove approach.
2) Snowdon – 14.7km (9.1 miles)
Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales and is one of the most popular summits in the British Isles. There are seven official routes to the top varying in difficulty; but this route takes one of the most popular, the Llanberis Path.
3) Malham and Gordale Scar – 12.2km (7.6 miles)
This popular route covers the dramatic landscape of Malham Cove, Gordale Scar, Janet’s Foss Waterfall and Malham Tarn – Britain’s highest lake. Travel through varied terrain and rugged landscapes. A less strenuous route is from Malham Village to Janet’s Foss.
4) Cat Bells – 5km (3.1 miles)
A small yet iconic fell that is popular with families due to its compact’ size. It dominates the view across Derwent from Borrowdale and is dubbed ‘The Lair of the Wildcat’. There are plenty of ways to the top but this classic route is over the bumps of the North Ridge.
Scafell Pike – 11.6km (7.2 miles)
England’s highest mountain provides those braving the summit with spectacular views of the surrounding fells. It also forms part of the national Three Peaks Challenge. This route to the top is a circular hike from Wasdale Head.
Stay hydrated with Water-to-Go filter bottles
We know that 2020 was a difficult year but one constant escape has been our freedom to get outside and exercise. Keeping safely hydrated is always key for safe exercise so Water-to-Go is all about giving you maximum hydration on the go. If you love getting outdoors but hate carrying lots of water and even worse single-use plastic water bottles then our Reusable Filter Water bottles are for you.
The built-in filters in our bottles contain 2 nanotechnologies and 1 traditional technology that combine to eliminate up to 99.9999% of all microbiological contaminants from any non-saltwater source.
Our filters will remove:
- Bacteria and Viruses such as Hepatitis A, E.Coli, Cholera, and Polio
- Parasites and waterborne pathogens including Tapeworm, Cryptosporidium, Threadworm and Giardia lamblia
- Metals & Chemicals such as Chlorine, Fluoride and Lead
- Microplastics and more
So you can fill your bottle up from any river, stream or lake on your hike, and always have access to safe, drinking water anytime, anywhere. This is the perfect alternative to single-use plastic bottles so you can save weight, save money and help to save the planet all at the same time!
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