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Make this the year you discover the UK...
If your plans haven’t worked out so well in the past and you want some New Year’s resolutions you’re likely to keep, then it’s a good start to make them about something you actually intend to do. If you’re a walker, or want to be a walker, and are keen to expand your experiences, then maybe it’s time to resurrect the idea of the New Year’s resolution.
Here are some ideas to get you on track, and I promise you if you book the dates in now you’re far more likely to stay committed!
1. Sign up for a challenge
There are dozens of great walking challenges out there for all abilities, from day walks up our highest mountains to multi-day trips covering routes across the wildest terrain. The best way to start is to sign up for a one day event, perhaps a walk up Snowdon or the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Give yourself enough time to train and join a guided walk to get the most out of the experience and take the work of navigating and time-keeping out of your hands.
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2. Go away for the weekend
If your walks are limited to pottering about for a few hours close to home, maybe it’s time to take it a step further and spend the weekend away. Weekend trips are great for seeing a part of the countryside you’ve never been to before, or revisiting old haunts with new people. They’re organised and led by those with a passion for the outdoors and a vast knowledge of Britain’s mountains and moorland. Plus you’ll get to stay in some excellent accommodation and sample the local pubs too.
3. Walk a long distance trail
The UK is blessed with some of the world’s best long distance walks, in all parts of the country from the south of England right up to the north of Scotland. If you don’t have the time to organise a trip yourself or you want to do it with a group, join an organised trail walk and have one of the best holidays possible. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of making your way slowly over a vast landscape to get to know the country. Why not start with the classic West Highland Way at the beginning of May, an incredible introduction to the highlands of Scotland.
4. Explore the unknown
If you’re a regular walker who has their favourite places, why not mix it up a bit? A guided walking weekend to somewhere you’ve never thought of going before may just be what you need to develop a love for a whole new part of the country. Just pick a weekend and see what’s on. The great thing about social walking is that you can do it at your own pace and don’t need to spend hours of research on a new destination; it’s all done for you, from the route choice to the accommodation. And you’ll meet some great people along the way.
5. Get someone else into the outdoors
As all mountain guides know, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing someone develop a passion for the hills and mountains. If you’re the one who has helped them get there, you can share in that feeling; so if you love walking but have trouble convincing our partner or friends to come, why not bring them along on a guided weekend away? There’s no better way into the outdoors; you can be confident of being led by professionals, and have a great time without worrying about the uncertainties of navigation and accommodation.