10 things you didn’t know about walking

10 things you didn’t know about walking

Since we’ve teamed up with Seasalt Cornwall for our wellies giveaway we’ve been thinking about walks more than ever. Have you ever wondered how often the rest of the UK get their wellies on and go for a ramble? What Lord Tennyson thought of the Isle of Wight when he was walking (probably not, but still) or how many of us traipse our way past the spectacular Durdle Door every year? Well, let us fill you in….

1. The South West Coast Path is 630 miles long

Stretching all the way from Somerset’s Minehead to Dorset’s Poole, the South West Coast Path is the longest trail in the whole of the UK – and we love it.

2. One third of British adults say walking is their only form of exercise

That's right, one third of us love nothing more than to pull on our walking boots and get out and about when we need to get the old endorphins pumping.

3. Dartmoor covers 14% of Devon’s land mass

Dartmoor National Park's like a great big playground for those of us lucky enough to live in Devon, and it's a walker's dream.

4. 77% of adults walk for pleasure at least once per month

Hurray! An impressive 77% of us get out for a walk at least one per month, and our New Year's resolution is to do even more rambling.

5. 200,000 walkers visit Lulworth Cove in Dorset every year

One of the UK's most recognisable landmarks, we wander past Durdle Door in our thousands every single year, and if you've yet to walk it - it's breathtaking.

6. A runner once ran the entire South West Coast Path in 16 days

Now we're in no way suggesting you have to try and beat the record or anything, but still, pretty impressive isn't it.

7. Tennyson said the air on the Isle of Wight was worth “sixpence a pint”

And if you fancy walking in his footsteps (quite literally), you can walk The Tennyson Trail, a 14 mile walk that takes in the places on the Wight that the literary giant loved to wander.

8. Devon is the only county with two separate coastlines

That means you can take your pick when it comes to coastal walks. We love the north for its rugged, unspoilt coastline and all the chances to get off the beaten track, and the south for its sandy coves and picture-perfect scenery,

9. 80% of Cornwall is surrounded by the sea

That's right, you can barely turn a corner in Cornwall without being greeted by a sea view that'll stop you in your tracks, and it's perfect for those breaks when you just want to walk your socks off.

10. Walkers often try to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks in under 12 hours

The Yorkshire Dales could have been made for walkers, and if you're after somewhere new to stretch your legs this year then it's home to a whole tapestry of trails just waiting for you.
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