Whether you enjoy a brisk hike at the weekend or only walk when you absolutely have to, for most of us, walking is a part of everyday life, and one that delivers a whole host of benefits to people of all ages and fitness levels.
Walking even helps prevent some diseases and can prolong your life, with evidence from cardiovascular research charity The Heart Foundation showing that walking every day can reduce the risk of heart disease by 35% and Type 2 diabetes by as much as 40%.
That’s why National Walking Month 23 is so vital.
Taking place throughout May, National Walking Month was designed to raise awareness of walking’s benefits and encourage people to get their steps in more regularly by pledging to walk for at least 20 minutes every day this month.
In addition to being great for your physical – and mental – wellbeing, walking is also one of the best activities that families can do together and, if you’re lucky enough to live in Yorkshire, you have some of the UK’s finest walking destinations right on your doorstep.
However, with so many fantastic locations to choose from, it can be difficult deciding where to go. We’ve picked out three of the best to help make your mind up for you!
One of Yorkshire’s most popular destinations, Malham Cove is a stunning limestone formation that was formed more than 12,000 years ago.
Situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the cove is perfect for walkers, with enough breathtaking views of cliffs, wildlife, woodland and waterfalls to keep even the most reluctant walker entertained.
Malham Cove, Malham, Skipton. BD23 4DJ.
People come from far and wide to walk around Ilkley Moor and enjoy its ancient monuments, prehistoric rock carvings and bird-watching opportunities. And, with the peaceful spa town of Ilkley just a short walk away, visitors aren’t short of options if they fancy some food and drink to fuel their walk or relax with afterwards.
Ilkley Moor, Ilkley. LS29 9RF.
If it’s some wild coastline you’re after, look no further. Flamborough Head offers incredible views of rugged white cliffs, lighthouse towers, windswept paths and a multitude of nesting seabirds, with walks of varying difficulties guaranteed to blow the cobwebs away whatever your fitness level.
Flamborough Head, Bridlington. YO15 1AR.
With the ongoing cost of living crisis causing many households undue stress, there’s never been a better time to gather up your family and head to the great outdoors for some fresh air, a bit of exercise and some amazing views.
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