Walking with spring in your step

Get fit and explore the great outdoors

Why not get out of the gym and head outside for some exercise in the fresh air? Walking about five miles (10,000 steps) a day can keep your heart healthy and even help you to lose weight. It's also good for your lungs and muscles, and can improve bone density as it's a weight-bearing exercise.

According to the NHS, regular walking can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, osteoporosis and arthritis. It can help you to deal with anxiety and stress, and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

So we've hand-picked five AA walks from around the UK for you to tackle. And there are plenty more walks online.

  • Celebrate St David’s Day with a walk around St David’s Head
  • Tackle one of our two East Midlands walks covering an area once known for cowslip Sunday
  • Explore the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with our walk around Bisley
  • Get to know Glasgow with our city walk, then tackle the International Comedy Festival
  • This is the best time of the year to tackle our Lake District walk, which is said to be Wordsworth’s inspiration for his invocation of daffodils
St David's Head

Spend the night

If you fancy going farther afield and need to find somewhere to eat or sleep, our website has hundreds of pubs, restaurants, hotels and B&Bs across the UK.

Member offer

Save 10% on walking essentials from the AA Shop if you're a member. Standard delivery is free on all orders to mainland UK addresses.

Essentials include:

2 January 2015