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7 Benefits of Walking That Are Nothing to do With Health

Walking is a vastly underrated activity.  The benefits are huge and whilst most of us know and understand the health benefits of walking, when you consider what else is good about walking it is no wonder that there are so many walking businesses around!  We’ve come up with seven benefits of walking that are nothing to do with improving your health!

And to help you remember these seven benefits and to celebrate the Halloween period, we’ve created a fun mnemonic word : shpooky!

S is for seeking out and by that we mean foraging for free food – at this time of the year you may still find some blackberries ripe and ready for the taking and if you know what you are doing then you might want to pick the field mushrooms that are out in the right types of field! Please be careful though and don’t pick them if you are at all uncertain.

7 Benefits of Walking That Are Nothing to do With Health - Herb Box

Foraging can be hugely satisfying although some towns around the country have made it very easy by providing herb planters with an invitation to pick some!  You never know what you might come across when out and about!

H is for hobbies and whilst walking could be considered a hobby in itself it also offers opportunities for other hobbies including collecting bits and bobs to stick in scrapbooks or create collages with, as well as finding new views to photograph or glorious nature to capture on film.  Many of our Trails follow a canal or river path and with ever changing traffic on a river, the amateur photographer will have plenty of material and see all the little things when out on foot.

P stands for practisingOut walking on your own is an opportunity to practise a speech you are making for an upcoming event or to learn and rehearse the lines for a script or practise the words of a song or even just get used to singing and breathing (and walking) at the same time! Talking out loud whilst walking might look a little barmy to the outside world but choose your walk carefully and you will not encounter many people!

The first O is for offer.  They say charity begins at home and if you fancy doing your bit for charity you could offer to walk an elderly neighbour’s dog on a regular basis!  A tick in the box for your contribution to The Big Society!

The second O starts the word, orientate. If you have just moved to a new area, it might be beneficial to walk the streets close to home and find out how long it takes to get to the nearest shop, park, post box and so on.

K represents knowledge. We learn all the time and when walking whether in the town or the countryside we are always surprised at the number of information boards everywhere which label points of interest, even in the depth of the countryside.  Often when walking with friends and family the conversation flows freely and we learn all sorts of things we might not have found out otherwise. Don’t you agree?

And lastly Y is for yakking. Walking side by side can be very companionable and yakking certainly passes the time.  According to the dictionary to yak is to talk, especially uninterruptedly and idly; to gab or to chatter. Ever done that?  The last time we were out walking, we certainly did.

So, walking has lots of benefits other than health ones – lets get out get some shpooky!

7 Benefits of Walking That Are Nothing to do With Health - Happy Halloween
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24th October 2013

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Great British TV Murder Series Settings to Explore

Judging by the number of TV detective shows set in the UK, it seems we all love a good murder!  And it is always fun to explore a place that we’ve seen on TV, so here’s a brief round up of ideas of places to explore that are linked to a detective series or character.

Inspector George Gently and Vera are both set in the North East.

Great British TV Murder Series Settings to Explore - Vera is set in the North East
Vera is set in Geordie Land

Vera is filmed on location in Northumberland and we have a range of Trails across the county that show off the scenery including a Trail that follows the coast line (and you can choose which direction to go in), and a third driving Trail The Flodden Fields Mystery that is about 17 miles long.  Durham City plays host to George and there are no less than five Trails around the City suitable for all ages including the City of Durham Pub Trail because you are under no obligation to enter any of the pubs that you pass along the way!

Remember Robbie Coltrane in Cracker? Set in Manchester where we have three Trails to choose from, if you follow the Manchester Spinningfields Treasure Hunt, you will reveal the location of a REAL hidden gem!  Scott and Bailey is also set in Manchester and most of the filming was done there.

The fictional universe of Inspector Morse and later Lewis is Oxford.  We have a series of five Trails in Oxford City. The Trails are totally independent of each other, and explore different parts of this stunning, historical city. They are all walking Trails and all circular and all take the usual two to three hours, however there is so much to see in Oxford, you could easily take a whole day over each one! You are really spoilt for choice!

One of the more recent TV series that captured the imagination of the viewing public was Broadchurch. The series is set on the Dorset Coast and filmed at West Bay.  And guess what! We have a Trail around West Bay.  We got this feedback from J.S of West Bay. “An excellent 2 hours where I learned more about West Bay than during the 4 years I have lived there. My granddaughter and her cousin also enjoyed the experience.”   Got to be worth the trip!

Great British TV Murder Series Settings to Explore - Dixon of Dock Green
Dixon of Dock Green

There are of course lots of TV shows set in London, but our particular favourites are Dixon of Dock Green which was set in the East End and New Tricks filmed in central London. We have a large range of Trails available right across the capital from The Cable Car Mission in the east round to Putney Bridge in the south and Highgate in the north – we’ve got it covered!

Midsommer Murders are set in lots of different locations, so we’ll save a look at those for another time.

Have you done any of these Trails? If you have, we’d love to hear how you got on. Get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or Email and join in the conversation!



9th October 2013

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