If there’s one thing you can be sure of this January, it’s the New Year’s resolution of getting fit. The battle with the bulge will commence as soon as the last bits of tinsel are down and you’ve scoffed all the Quality Street.
But a gym membership can be a costly mistake, while matching your pet rabbit’s diet is never fun (and actually not that helpful for shifting the pounds). So what can you do?
The best workout is often the one you don’t actually realise you’re doing – the lugging of your shopping from the local supermarket, the running around after an energetic toddler or indeed, a nice country walk. And it’s the final one we’re talking about here.
If there’s one place that lends itself to the glorious pastime of walking (or hiking), it’s the Peak District. The rolling moors, quaint villages and tough climbs means there’s a little something for every level. So, without further ado, here are three of the best Peak District walks to get you fighting fit this January.
1. Beginner: The Ashbourne Trail
A simple three-mile trip around one of Derbyshire’s oldest and most beautiful market towns, the Ashbourne Trail is ideal for the casual walker who wants to stretch their legs and see some sights.
Take to the cobbles, explore the nooks and crannies and wander down secret passageways as you discover this Georgian gem. And if you want to make a weekend of it, why not stay at our Ashbourne Travelodge?
2. Intermediate: The Heritage Way at Derwent Valley
This is a 55-mile-long walk (don’t worry, you don’t have to do it all in one day) through the glorious countryside that defines this part of the UK. Start in the Peak District National Park at the Ladybower Reservoir, traverse through the Derbyshire Dales and past the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. A number of the old cotton mills are now listed buildings, and it’s worth dipping into their history.
You’ll certainly want a midway point to rest those weary feet, so book a room in our Derbyshire Travelodge to ensure you’re fresh for the next step on your journey to a healthier you!
3. Expert: The Pennine Way
Not for the faint of heart, this 268-mile route was the first National Trail. It opened way back in 1965 and still remains one of the most famous (for good reason too).
Walking from Edale, Derbyshire, all the way to the Scottish Borders is naturally a trip too large for a day or two. But don’t be put off; you can do all of it over a longer period of time or take on just one part of this epic expedition. On your way, you’ll journey through the birthplace of the Bronte sisters, the home of the Industrial Revolution, and the awe-inspiring Yorkshire Dales.
But whether you do a single stretch or the whole trail, you’ll need a place to lay your head after a trip through some of the most important landscapes in England’s history. So why not book up our Peak District Travelodge now to avoid disappointment.