As well as being environmentally friendly, walking is one of the simplest forms of exercise which can facilitate a number of health benefits. For some trips, it can even be quicker to walk than to take the car, as well as removing some of the stresses of driving, such as getting stuck in traffic or finding somewhere to park, especially if you combine walking with another mode, such as the train or cycling. Don’t forget, walking is free! All you need is a good pair of shoes and perhaps some waterproofs or an umbrella.

IMGP0365Walking is also a great way to meet people. Organisations such as Walking for Health have information about walks going on in your area and where you can get information about staying safe while walking.

Liphook is covered by East Hampshire’s Walking for Health campaign. There is a free supported walk every Wednesday at 10am departing from Station Road car park, adjacent to the Liphook and Liss surgery. You don’t need to register beforehand to join a walk, but you are asked to arrive 10-15 minutes early on your first walk in order to complete a simple registration form.

Some of the places you might like to access on foot are the Millennium Centre Cinema, Liphook Library, or the local pubs! For more off-road (or should that be off-pavement?) routes, you can get access to the local Rights of Way network hereFor day-to-day getting around, Google Maps is a great starting point for planning a journey. All you need to do is to enter your postcode and destination, then click on the ‘walking’ button (an icon of a pedestrian) and Google will give you some suggested routes.picnic

Whether you are walking as part of your commute to work, or to the shops, don’t forget that walking is also a great way to spend more time with family and enjoy the outdoors. Why not take a nature spotting guide on your walk, along with a picnic – even just some sandwiches and a bottle of water count as a picnic and give you an excuse to stop for a rest! Even if you don’t fancy going too far, there is a public Right of Way running along the southern boundary of Silent Garden meaning you can take just a short walk from home.