It’s that time of the year when we’ll do anything to dodge those dreaded set of scales in the bathroom. ‘Oh they’re not working right, we need a digital set!’ we say, or ‘I’ll try them out next week, I didn’t eat that much over Christmas,’ attempting to kid ourselves thin (quick hint: it doesn’t work.)
But alas, we all know the copious amounts of turkey, Christmas pudding and chocolates have to go somewhere. Which is why a walking break to rid yourself of those post-Christmas blues (and bulge) is the ideal remedy for a month of over-indulgence. Here are some of the best walking getaways in the UK to help you do away with that belly that wobbles like a bowlful of jelly!
The glorious Cotswolds
The Cotswolds Way is one of the most picturesque and breathtakingly English walks in the UK. A whopping 164km of winding paths through meandering limestone hills and rolling fields of green awaits as you pass through cities, towns, villages and hamlets of all shapes and sizes.
Highlights include the beautiful and stately city of Bath where you can stop and sample the Roman Baths or enjoy the architecture, which wouldn’t look out of place in a Jane Austen novel. Similarly, the Saxon walled town of Winchcombe welcomes walkers with open arms (and cream teas galore) so make sure you stop off among the yellow cottages and cosy pubs.
Stay in one of our Cheltenham hotels along the way to rest your weary feet and take in the sights of this wonderful Spa town while you’re at it.
Sample the South West
Not for the faint of heart, the South West Coast Path is a monster walk boasting 1011km along the coastlines of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. It’s a walk that you’d have to take your time over if you were to do it all, but highlights include Devon’s seaside jewel Dartmouth and Tintagel Castle in Devon.
Sample the night life (if you’ve got the energy) and check out one of our Newquay hotels along the way to reward yourself with a well-earned drink or two!
Tame the Thames
The Thames actually begins near Cirencester in Gloucestershire meaning the Thames Path is in fact not all about the likes of Big Ben and the London Eye! Follow the path and you’ll also pass rowers from Henley, see the spires of Oxford University rising up and finally, spy the capital itself from the view of the ancient travellers and visitors.
Of course, after all that walking you deserve a bit of retail therapy so why not stay in one of our London hotels and experience the beautiful bright lights for a day or two?