20th July 2023

Upcoming treks: The benefits of walking and events to take part in

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Walking is a simple yet powerful form of exercise that offers numerous physical and mental health benefits. It allows us to connect with nature, explore new surroundings, and challenge ourselves physically. If you’re looking for exciting walking events to participate in, you’re in luck! Below, we explore the benefits of walking and highlight some upcoming treks you can join to make the most of this fantastic activity.

The benefits of walking

Physical health

Walking is a low-impact exercise that provides a range of physical benefits. Regular walking can help improve cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles, increase bone density, and enhance overall fitness. It’s a great way to maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

Mental well-being

Walking is not only beneficial for our physical health but also for our mental well-being. It promotes the release of endorphins, which can boost mood and reduce stress and anxiety. Taking a stroll outdoors amidst green spaces or picturesque landscapes can have a calming effect on the mind, helping to improve mental clarity and reduce symptoms of depression.

Social connection

Participating in walking events allows you to connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for outdoor activities and a healthy lifestyle. Walking in groups or participating in organised treks can foster a sense of community, providing opportunities to make new friends and build a support network. Socialising while walking adds an element of fun and motivation, making the experience more enjoyable.

Upcoming treks to consider 

Here are some exciting upcoming treks that you can look forward to:

Snowdon at Night: Date

  • Date: 26th August 2023
  • Location: Wales

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure by tackling Snowdon at Night. This challenging trek takes you through diverse terrain in the dark, scaling Snowdon in time to see the sunrise at the summit!

Thames Bridges Trek

  • Date: 9th September 2023
  • Location: London

Join 2000 other trekkers as they venture across the capital, taking in unrivalled views of the skyline from its best vantage points. Setting out from Putney Bridge – you’ll head east towards the city, zig-zagging over the array of historic bridges.

Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge

  • Date: 28th October 2023
  • Location: Edinburgh

Uncover the beauty of Edinburgh all while challenging yourself to a tough 35km trek, inclusive of a 900m ascent. Based in the heart of the city, the trek will take you to the summit of Edinburgh’s 7 hills that surround the beautiful city.

Sahara Desert Trek

  • Date: 8th-17th December 2023
  • Location: Morocco

Challenge yourself with a trek across the mesmerising Sahara Desert. This unique expedition offers a chance to explore vast sand dunes, witness spectacular sunsets, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Morocco.

Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Date: 9th November 2023
  • Location: Kathmandu

Starting in Kathmandu, you’ll trek for 18 days through the highest mountain range on the planet. Along the way, you’ll see sights such as the Boudhanath Stupa and the picturesque Namche Bazaar. This once-in-a-lifetime trek is happening this November and registration is just £299!

Walking is a fantastic way to stay fit, improve mental well-being, and connect with others who share your love for the outdoors. By participating in upcoming treks, you can take your walking adventures to new heights and experience the beauty of some of the world’s most remarkable landscapes. So, lace up your hiking boots, embrace the benefits of walking, and embark on a journey of discovery and self-transformation through these exciting walking events!