Benefits of walking and some local walks in your area

As limitations on what we can do and where we can go persist due to Covid-19, some of you may be wondering what to do to unwind over half-term. Research has shown that regular walking has many benefits, both mental and physical, which we have listed below. Hopefully, it will encourage and inspire you to take some local walks, which we have also listed for you, to help you relax over this October half-term.

  1. Improves circulation: walking wards off heart disease, brings up heart rate, lowers blood pressure and strengthens the heart.
  2. Shores up your bones: can stop the loss of bone mass.
  3. Helps you live a longer life: research finds that people who exercise regularly in their fifties and sixties, are 35% less likely to die over the next eight years than their non-walking counterparts.
  4. Lightens your mood: walking releases natural pain­ relieving endorphins to the body – one of the emotional benefits of exercise.
  5. Lose weight: a brisk 30-minute walk burns 200 calories.
  6. Strengthens muscles: walking tones your leg and abdominal muscles – and even arm muscles if you pump them as you walk. This increases your range of motion, shifting the pressure and weight from your joints to your muscles.
  7. Improves sleep.
  8. Supports your joints: the majority of joint cartilage has no direct blood supply, getting its nutrition from joint fluid that circulates as we move. Movement and compression from walking “squishes” the cartilage, bringing oxygen and nutrients into the area.
  9. Improves your breath: when walking, your breathing rate increases, causing oxygen to travel faster through the bloodstream, helping to eliminate waste products and improve your energy level and ability to heal.
  10. Slows down your mental decline.
  11. Lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
  12. Helps you do more for longer: aerobic walking and resistance exercise programs, may reduce the incidence of disability in activities of daily living as one gets older.

Try incorporating walking into your daily routine, by walking to the shops, walking to work/school or simply taking the stairs. You can even download apps on your phone to track your walks, to see the distance you have walked, and calories burned.

Here we have picked out some excellent walks for you to take in your local area.
Irby & Thurstaton, North West Wirral 5 miles (option to extend further by 2 miles)
This walk-through Irby and Thurstaston will set your mind free of the stress of everyday life. Starting in Thurstaston, you are rewarded for the climb up Thurstaston Common with breath-taking views across to Wales, and on a really clear day, you can even pick out the Blackpool Tower far away to the North.
The River Birket, Leasowe Lighthouse & The Coast, North East Wirral 5 miles
Last of our walks in North East Wirral and by no means least, this trail offers a stroll alongside the River Birkett before arriving back at the coast. Look out for Leasowe Lighthouse along the way – this historic building which was built in 1763.
Parkgate & Gayton, South West Wirral 3 miles
This walk through Parkgate and Gayton boasts sweeping views across the Dee Estuary to North Wales. The Estuary is home to several rare species of birds making spring and summer a stunning time to walk this route. Along the way you’ll find quiet country tracks and lanes as you travel through Parkgate – a good place to stop for a bite to eat.
Rivington Pike Walk 3 miles
Rivington Pike is one of the best viewpoints in North West England. Here are numerous ways to reach it, the most popular route is through the Rivington Terraced Gardens on the western side. This walk is a circular route that takes in interesting sights such as the Japanese Gardens and Lever bridge.