Living a balanced, healthy lifestyle is more important to most of us than ever at the moment. Whether we are striving to disconnect ourselves from screens, connect with nature or regularly practice mindfulness, many of us are prioritising our wellbeing – and rightly so!
Health professionals recommend that we should practice some form of physical activity daily and avoid sitting down for prolonged periods of time. In fact, we should be aiming for 30 minutes of ‘moderate-intensity activity’ each day.
Walking is a fantastic, low-impact activity that comes with many benefits. From a health perspective, walking regularly helps to increase cardiovascular fitness, reduces the risk of heart disease and supports weight loss. Not only that, but walking can go a long way to improving and sustaining your mental health, too. Being physical out in the great outdoors helps to reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue. For older individuals, being active every day can improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of dementia.
3 Walks To Try In Derbyshire This Spring
In short, there’s a whole load of reasons why staying active is so important for us all. Even if it’s just getting the family together every now and again to enjoy some much needed time together (away from screens!). With that in mind, we’ve put together 5 walks to try in Derbyshire this spring. So, put on your walking boots and your big coat and get stuck in!
To kick things off, let’s start in Littleover. There are plenty of routes in the area, some of which straddle the line between city and countryside, giving lovely variation while you go on your way. This walk, shared by Discover Derby, is a wonderful way to explore the area, as you meander from the centre of the main shopping area on Burton Road through the surrounding countryside and back to the start.
Spring is starting to wake up the nature that’s been lying dormant over winter. And if you find yourself inspired by nature, then a woodland walk at Calke Park is just the thing. Calke Abbey in Derbyshire is a National Trust location in Derbyshire and it’s renowned for its display of bluebells in the spring. If you fancy a wander through the bluebells against the backdrop of the stately home and in the surroundings of 600 acres of parkland, check out this 15-mile circular route from Countryfile.
This walk from Tideswell takes you from the Cathedral of the Peak into Miller’s Dale and Monk’s Dale, once again in the stunning surroundings of the Peak District National Park. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the nature reserve at the head of Tideswell Dale and revel in the awakening wildlife alongside the River Wye.
Walking Routes in Derbyshire
There’s never been a better time than to get out and enjoy a bit of fresh air. With these walks, there’s something for everyone. So, why not get the family together for a post-Sunday lunch walk or even head out on your own for some much needed ‘me’ time.