Why a Summer spent hiking might improve your health

With the warmer weather creeping in, it’s time to start thinking about how to make the most of it. Especially if you’re thinking about ways to improve your physical or mental health this year. 

When the sun is shining, there’s nothing better than being outside and enjoying it. But your summer holidays don’t have to just be filled with garden parties and beer gardens. Instead, the team over at campervan hire company Calico Campers are encouraging everyone to embrace the great outdoors in a more health-focussed way. 

Hiking has many health benefits. It’ll help you to reduce body fat by burning more calories than you would on an average day. It helps you to reach the daily recommended 10,000 steps a day, whilst at the same time, strengthens bones, improves heart health and can reduce the risk of disease. 

Chester campervan hire firm Calico Campers have put together a suggested list of three wonderful hiking trails to tackle, all of which are within just a couple of hours drive away from their campervan collection site and all of which also make beautiful camping locations. 

The Pennine Way 

A 268 mile long rugged and hilly path connecting northern England to the border of Scotland and an absolute feast for the eyes. The route takes the hiker through the Peak District, snaking in and over the Yorkshire Dales and finally over the infamous Hadrians Wall. 

The Coast to Coast Walk

A very popular (and for good reason!) 190 mile walk from Cumbria to the quaint and historic Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire, all the while taking you through three impressive UK National Parks: the Lakes, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. 

Wales Coastal Path

The Wales Coastal Path is a footpath spanning a staggering 870 miles between Chester and Chepstow. The official walking path can be done in daily chunks, with incredible places to stay in your campervan along the way. You might also want to consider the lesser-known but equally as beautiful Offa’s Dyke Path instead: a 177 mile stretch packed with all the natural beauty that Wales has to offer. 

So why not consider hiring a campervan from Calico Campers and enjoy a hiking holiday to help improve your health this year.

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