A study by the University of Leicester found that just 20 minutes of brisk walking a day could reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by 8 per cent, while walking up to 40 minutes a day could reduce this by 20 per cent.
Here is a selection of our favourite walks to celebrate National Walking Month this May:
Longer, lighter days make spring walks a joy/Credit: Getty
The arrival of the spring equinox signals the start of longer, and hopefully sunnier days, and puts a spring in the step of hikers everywhere. Here is our guide to the best spring walks in Britain
Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire/Credit: Getty
Strongly associated with our ancient woodlands, Britain’s stunning spring flower – the bluebell – has bloomed, so now is the time to plan a woodland bluebell walk. Our expert guide to how to identify the native flower, best bluebell walks and how to grow your own.
From long-distance Highland hikes and coastal treks to short river walks and loch-side strolls, here is your guide to the best walks in Scotland
A walker’s paradise – Snowdonia National Park/Credit: Getty
Packed with great mountain climbs, idyllic river walks, lakeside rambles and coastal hikes, Snowdonia National Park is the perfect getaway location for lovers of the trail – here are 11 of our favourite routes
Keep an eye out for wild ponies in the beautiful Exmoor National Park/Credit: Getty
From dramatic coastal footpaths to gentle river walks, there are myriad hikes to be enjoyed in Exmoor National Park – here is our guide to some of the best walking routes
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Don’t forget you can join the BBC Countryfile Magazine Group on Facebook and chat with other keen walkers here
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