National Walking Month: 2024 - Image of a group of walkers by the coast

Celebrate National Walking Month with HF Holidays

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As the UK's leading walking holiday provider, we're passionate about helping people of all fitness levels reap the long-term mental health and wellbeing benefits of getting active in the great outdoors. May is National Walking Month, so we think there's no better time to lace up your boots and discover the joys of an active lifestyle amidst Britain's breathtaking landscapes. This annual event aims to encourage people to incorporate more walking into their daily lives. This year’s theme is #MagicOfWalking, celebrating the happiness that walking can bring. Here are just a few of the ways walking can put a smile on your face.
elderly woman doing low intensity exercise to stay healthy. Senior citizen pensioner walking through a field of flowers.

The Path to Wellness

Often overlooked as a form of exercise, walking is one of the simplest ways to start an active routine and healthy lifestyle. Research shows that 20 minutes of walking can work wonders - from building stamina and boosting heart health to burning excess calories and supercharging your immune system. But the health benefits don't end there. Regular walking has also been proven to improve sleep quality, enhance brain function, and promote an overall sense of vitality. 
Male hiker walking through grass at sunset

Nourish Your Mind in Nature

In today's fast-paced world, focusing on mental wellbeing is crucial. And what better way to destress and recharge than embracing nature's restorative power? Walking, even at a leisurely pace, triggers the release of mood-boosting endorphins and reduces anxiety and depression. The Mental Health Foundation, the UK's leading voice on the topic, praises walking and physical activity for its role in preventing mental health issues. 

A group of three women walking in the forest, they are high-fiving each other with big grins on their faces.

Social Walking Strengthens Bonds

Whether you prefer solo strolls or joining a small group for a leisurely walk, the social aspect of walking can significantly enhance your mental health and wellbeing. Engaging in walking activities with friends or family members not only strengthens bonds but also provides a support network to lean on during challenging times. Additionally, walking allows you to disconnect from the constant stimulation of social media and technology, allowing you to pay attention to the present moment and enjoy the surroundings. By incorporating walking into your daily routines several days a week, you can take steps towards a healthier, happier life. 

Group of male friends hiking and walking in a forest for adventure.

Walking is for Everyone

No matter your age or fitness level, HF Holidays makes it easy to discover the joy of an active lifestyle. We offer over 260 self-guided and guided walking holidays across the UK, Europe and beyond. Explore with our experienced tour leaders or use our carefully created routes for independent walks. With 24/7 support, you can embrace the freedom of the trails worry-free. 
A man strolling down a hill, overlooking the ocean during a 7 Night Isle of Wight Guided Walking Holiday.

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Majestic white cliffs of Dover on a 3 Night South Downs Self-Guided Walking Holiday

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4 Night Yoga & Walking Holiday in the Southern Yorkshire Dales

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Published 13th May 2024