Healthy Starts – Walking into 2013

Here at FIH we think that there is a better way to stay healthy, both in body and the mind than eating celery and going to the gym for hours each day, and that is by walking. Nothing beats getting out in the fresh air, being surrounded by nature, spending quality time with loved one and burning more than enough calories at the same time.
Here are just a few hotels we recommend for walking;
Ballathie Country House Hotel and Estate is one of our hotels located in Scotland, it is situated on the banks of the river Tay. The River Tay is the longest river in Scotland and the seventh-longest in the United Kingdom. The Tay originates in western Scotland on the slopes of Ben Lui (Beinn Laoigh), then flows easterly across the Highlands, then southeasterly through Perth, where it becomes tidal, to its mouth at the Firth of Tay. There is a path that runs along the river, which would make for a great walk to explore the local surroundings.
Castle Hotel is one of our hotels located in Conwy, Wales and is close to the Conwy Castle. The Castle was built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289. The hotel itself is actually within The Castle high and Castle low walk. This walk is 6.4 miles long and will take you a minimum of 4 hours, but if you think that is too much for you, you can always stop off for lunch at the Castle Hotel’s brasserie.
For the best walking hotel in Cornwall, we strongly suggest Budock Vean Hotel . The hotel is situated in Falmouth and is surrounded by lots of local walks that range in difficulty. If you are after a short amble, there is an easy walk of between 1-1.5 miles, however if you feel up for a longer walk there are coastal walks that will really blow the cobwebs away. The Budock Vean also offer a guided walk around the local area, with Blue Badge Guide – John Price and local wildlife experts. The guided walks are perfect for people who enjoy walking but are unsure of the area and the routes.

Losehill House is situated in the Peak District and is right in the heart of some of the best walking and outdoor activity in the country. Walk through the rolling hills and sweeping moorlands, from hilltops to deep valleys, dales and bridleways, there are many different routes to chose from which vary in difficulty and length. There is a personal guide to show you the best walks as well as ensuring your safety and explaining the local history along the way, which will help you get the most out of your walks.

The Linthwaite Hotel is a luxury hotel located in Windermere, Lake District and is in the perfect location for walking. The grounds include 14 acres of private gardens which would make for a lovely walk, but you are only 1 mile away from the Lake Windermere if you fancy exploring the largest natural lake in England. The Lake itself is 10.5 miles long, allowing you to have a long day’s walking if you wish. The Windermere Way is a circular walk that takes you right around Lake Windermere. The route includes most of the accessible lake shore paths together with ascents of all the high points around the lake. It offers some stunning walking and an ever changing vista of Windermere.

Hintlesham Hall is a magnificent 16th Century Grade I listed country house hotel surrounded by 175 acres of rolling Suffolk countryside. The Hotel is only a short drive away from Felixstowe Beach which has a two-mile long promenade, which would make a great short walk to take in the sea air. Another really great walk is the Needham Market Town & Countryside Trail – The trail starts and finishes at Needham Lake, which is 7 miles outside of Ipswich. Various areas of beauty to visit, such as Baylham Lock, which is found along Gipping Valley, and Needham Lake where you can feed the swans and ducks.
It really doesn’t matter how far you walk or for how long, just as long as you get out and enjoy the views and fresh air. Happy walking.
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