Celebrate National Walking Month with a walk in the countryside

National Walking Month takes place this May and aims to encourage people to walk more regularly. Walking is one of the easiest ways to significantly improve your health and fitness – and it can even boost your mood. Here is a selection of our favourite spring walks to help you get started

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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.

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Here is a selection of our favourite walks to celebrate National Walking Month this May:

Britain’s best spring walks

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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

Enjoy a bluebell walk

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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. 

Scotland’s best walks

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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

Best walks in Snowdonia

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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 

Best walks in Exmoor National Park

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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

For more walking ideas with a detailed route and map, take a look at our walking section 

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Join BBC Countryfile Magazine Walking Group on Facebook! 

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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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