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Walk yourself fit in Surrey…

March 8th 2016
By: Melanie
Walk yourself fit in Surrey…

Walking each day can offer real health benefits - experts state that we should be aiming for around 10,000 steps per day. It is said to cut the risk of heart disease, strokes and breast cancer, and well as the benefits of helping us to lose weight.
 
In Surrey we are lucky to have some of the best countryside in the whole of England - there are hundreds of walks and mountain bike trails which run through the heart of our county, so if you are looking to get fit this Spring, forget the gym, and walk yourself slimmer in the glorious Surrey countryside.
 
In November last year, the Get Surrey website published 18 of the best walks in Surrey, so here are our favourite picks from their selection:
 
Hidden Hindhead walk
 
Make your way to the eastern side of the Devil’s Punch Bowl and look across the valley for the best views of the bracken turning a russet colour, rowan berries ripening through orange to crimson, and crab apples turning orange-red.
 
Starting point: London Road, Hindhead, GU26 6AB
 
 
The Polesden Lacey big walk
 
Set within 1,400 acre estate, dating back to Roman times, Polesden is rich in history and enjoys stunning views over the Surrey Hills. This challenging walk takes you into the heart of Ranmore Common with fantastic views over Denbies Hillside that can be enjoyed at any time of year. See two working farms, ancient woodlands, historic farmsteads and rolling downland, all offering a diverse range of habitats for wildlife.
 
Starting point: Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, RH5 6BD
*Moderate *2 hours 30 mins *4.2 miles *Dog friendly *Free with normal park entry
 
Juniper Bottom, Box Hill
 
This walk takes you up to Box Hill via the beautiful “side entrance” known as Happy Valley or Juniper Bottom. An optional shorter version does only Juniper Bottom and Top There are no nettles or stiles on this walk and the going underfoot is very dry, even in winter.
 
Starting point: Whitehill National Trust car park, near Mickleham, RH5 6DF
 
For further information on walks in the Surrey area please visit their website http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/whats-on/find-things-to-do/18-wonderful-winter-walks-surrey-10493956
 
If you don’t get time to escape out into the countryside each day or week then making small changes to your lifestyle such as walking up stairs instead of taking the lift or elevators, or walking to work each day can make a real difference.
 
Source: Get Surrey