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The South West Coast Path – The Ultimate Walking Challenge

The South West Coast Path National Trail is said to be one of the most spectacular walks in the world, and with gradients over 115,000 feet across 630 miles, is definitely one of Britain’s most challenging. The route along the South West peninsula is not for the faint of heart, but will guide those that undertake it to all the spectacular scenery, wildlife and heritage that this National Trail has to offer.

The South West Coast Path - The Ultimate Walking Challenge - the Crowns at BotallackThe ‘630 Mile Experience’ can be completed by the fittest and fastest walkers in approximately 30 days, but is more likely to take several months for the average hiker. If you don’t fancy undertaking the route all in one go, the South West Coast Path has handily broken down the route into 52 day walks, or a series of short circular routes, which are generally less than 5 miles long and vary from pub walks and wildlife walks to those that are perfect for little ones.

Excitingly, earlier this year, Treasure Trails Cornwall also released a series of six Trails along the Coast Path. These Trails are suitable for adults and older children due to the undulating nature of the South West Coast Path, but are ideal for adding an additional challenge into the exploration of Cornwall’s stunning coastline.

The South West Coast Path - The Ultimate Walking Challenge - Steve at Lands EndLastly, if you haven’t already heard, Treasure Trails Managing Director Steve Ridd is currently in the midst of his own Coast Path challenge, in aid of the Polperro Memory Cafe and the South West Coast Path Association.

Alongside his Mum, Pauline Ridd, Steve is attempting to complete the 300 mile walk around the Cornish stretch of the Coast Path over a period of two weeks. Each day, Steve has been blogging about his inspiring journey and, in true Treasure Trails style, has been setting a tricky clue for you to solve, I Spy style!

You can read the One Man and His Mum Blog here. If you answer the clue correctly, you will also be entered into a prize draw to win a fantastic prize courtesy of the National Trust of a year’s family membership.

Good luck!

23rd October 2012

Posted In: Cornwall

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The Health Benefits of Walking For Seniors

The health benefits of walking regularly have been well-publicised recently through the media and it can especially be considered a valuable fitness tool for older people. Those aged 65 and above are thought to spend, on average, over 10 hours sitting or lying down every day, making this age group the most sedentary of all.

Physical

The Health Benefits of Walking For SeniorsPhysical exercise can help the older person to stay healthy and energetic, maintaining independence into old age. Regular walking, in particular, is an effective way to lower blood pressure, stabilise blood sugar, reduce body fat and improve bone density, significantly reducing the risk of age-related health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Walking is a valuable tool in improving the condition of the heart and lungs and works the muscles of the lower body where poor circulation may be likely to occur. As it is a weight-bearing exercise, it is likely to increase bone density whilst remaining a low impact exercise, placing less stress on the joints than more vigorous activities.

Psychological

Aside from the physical benefits of incorporating walking into your lifestyle, there are plenty of psychological advantages of walking. The positive mental stimulus of discovering beautiful scenery or the soothing sounds of the sea provide considerable stress relief.

Combining walking with social interaction, or a mental challenge, such as with a Treasure Trail, promotes strong mental health as well as being a low-cost way to enjoy an afternoon, learning more about the local area as you go – some of the UK’s most fascinating landmarks can only be accessed on foot.

If you do very little activity at present it is advisable to make a number of small changes to help incorporate walking into your daily lifestyle.  Possible ways to do this include:

  • Leaving the car at home and taking a walk to the local shop. Take a comfy rucksack if you have a lot to carry, rather than relying on plastic bags.
  • Offering to take the grandchildren to school every so often. As well as spending quality time with your little ones, encouraging them to walk to school will benefit their routine too.
  • If you need to make a journey that is too far to walk in one go, try getting off the bus or train one or two stops early. It might reduce your fare too!
  • Taking a longer walk once a week and trying to find a new route – you never know what you might find. Or take a friend and visit a nearby town or village, Treasure Trail in hand! Many are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs too – just check the Trail description.

12th September 2012

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