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Walking Holiday Inspiration

For some people, the idea of a holiday is all about kicking back and taking things as slowly as possible. That’s all well and good - and definitely has its benefits! - but sometimes, you might find yourself just wanting to do something more. 
The idea of a walking holiday might sound like something that isn’t appropriate for younger people. “Isn’t that the kind of thing retirees do?” you might wonder, images in your mind of guys in comfortable trousers trekking up the side of a mountain with a walking stick in hand. “Is that really something that could hold my attention?” 
Well, for one thing, you’re not going to know unless you try! The benefits of a walking holiday are plentiful. First and foremost, it’s still a holiday, albeit one that might result in the occasional blister. Secondly, you’re going to be improving your fitness while enjoying the sights. Another benefit is that you don’t have to necessarily take off to far-flung lands and battle with flights and the hassle therein; there’s plenty of delights you can find right here at home, giving you a chance to walk your way to happiness on a weekend break that’s good for mind and body… 
So if you want to give it a try, the only question that remains is: where should you go? 
In some ways, the choices are limitless. You could technically go on a walking holiday a couple of miles away from your house, if you don’t mind walking through a supermarket car park or through a shopping centre. No, in truth, when people think of walking holidays they more tend to think of stunning vistas and amazing scenery - you need something to inspire you to keep putting one foot in front of another! 
The best place to start is by looking for a National Park that interests you. These are special locations on the map, designated as truly beautiful, and usually involving more than a couple of challenging hill or mountain walks. While there is no way of getting a true consensus of which is “the best”, there are a few frontrunners known for their spectacular views. 
The Brecon Beacons are so stunning they have been subject to a nature documentary by the BBC. Covering a large swathe of south Wales, the Beacons offer hills to climb and cosy Welsh pubs to relax in afterwards. You can stay in the Beacons themselves or head to a major city. You’re more likely to find places to stay in Swansea (around 30 minutes drive from the Beacons) if you travel on short notice, for example. 
Remaining in Wales, consider Snowdonia, though this time on the northern tip. The nearby coastal city of Caernarvon is stunning and complete with an ancient castle that you’ll want to explore, while Snowdonia itself is a climb worthy of a true fitness fanatic. The surrounding park is also full of wonderful hiking trails, but could you resist the lure of the eponymous mountain itself?
If you want to venture outside of the Wales, the Peak District in England should be calling to you. The Peaks, situated in Derbyshire, offer some of the most stunning scenery in the UK. You can also visit the picturesque town of Bakewell, or explore the history of the “Plague Village” of EyamT. If you’re a fan of astronomy, then the Peaks also host a selection of amazing “dark sites” of a quality that will let you see the Milky Way on a clear, moonless, night.
The only question that remains is: which one do you visit first?
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