Country walks named ‘Britain’s best-loved pastime’

Country walks named 'Britain's best-loved pastime'

It’s finally official, going for walks in the countryside is Britain’s best-loved pastime.

My husband and I have always been keen hikers, regularly visiting the Dales, Pennines and Lake District to take in the spectacular scenery.

I can honestly say that standing on top of a mountain or simply enjoying the British countryside around my house really makes me feel alive, as well as extremely grateful for living in such a picturesque part of the world.

The stud from WWF-UK also shows that we Brits are big fans of the great outdoors, with other top pursuits including reading in the garden, walking the dog, camping, hiking and cycling.

Of course there’s the obvious love of surfing the net and going on Facebook, but generally I was proud of how many of us value going on a good walk or bike ride.

Whether it’s to walk the dog in the local area or committing to a full-on hiking holiday, the opportunities to traverse the UK are huge.

After a busy week at work it’s great to get away from the hustle and bustle – even if I do only live in York!

I can pop over to a neighbouring village or drive a few miles out of town to reach fantastic countryside, allowing me to channel my childhood desire to explore, while also getting some exercise at the same time.

With my husband and I both working I value the opportunity to relax in each other’s company while out on a walk, spending time together alone without the distractions of everyday life.

My mother is well into her 80s but even she loves to slip on her walking boots with her local rambling club – making it a really social experience for her and a brilliant hobby as well.

Do you enjoy walking? What’s your favourite route?

Posted by Margo Hunter

Date Posted: 31/08/2012


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