Personally I've never been keen on "going on a walk" I just don't really see the point. However, on our recent cornish holiday I rediscovered a childhood activity of hiking.
Hiking is very different to walking in my eyes (although probably not really that different!) It involves a tough trail, going of the path, always at least one huge hill and achey muscles the day after.
There's are huge health benefits in hiking giving you a good cardio session over hours and working our nearly every muscle in your body, particularly those calves! Its also a great upper body work out, you really have to move those arms to get up the huge hills! In addition its great for stability and core, making it a great all rounder, and great for runners!
Our first hike of the trip was a 4/5 miler around Trellisick Gardens National Trust. We did there Woodland Walk with quite a few hills and beautiful scenery and views of the River Fal. Utterly stunning.
The following day we headed to the coast to the well known Perranporth Beach. This is a 4 mile stretch of gorgeous sandy beach with tough sand dunes along side for a more challenging hike!
We started off barefooted (much better workout for the legs) along the gorgeous sandy beach for 4 miles
then turned up a huge hill and hiked back to town up and down the dunes. I think it was 7 - 8 miles by the time we got back and 2 hours.
On the way home we headed along the Dorset coast to the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The last time
I came here was a geography field trip at school!
Its a short but beautiful hike along the coast, with an infamous huge hill at the start.
We parked up a the lulworth cove car park and stocked up on fudge for the hike, by the time we got to the top of the huge hill were absolutely knackered!
The path diverts inland due to a recent cliff collapse into the sea! We then headed back down the othe side of the hill with this gorgeous view to greet us at the end!
You can then scrabble down the side of the cliff to the beach and crystal clear water to see durdle door itself.
There's so many great places in the uk for a good hike! And the best thing is its a great fitness activity to do that's free!