There’s never been a better time to go for a walk – the days are long, summer is coming and it could seriously benefit your health.
There is lots of evidence that regular walking improves fitness and mental well-being.
If you walk in beautiful natural places the benefits increase even further.
Taking exercise in the countryside has been shown to reduce stress and depression, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and tackle obesity.
10,000 steps a day is recommended to maintain general fitness, but even just aiming for a 20 minute walk every day will have health benefits.
The nationally-protected countryside of the Chilterns is the perfect place to get some gentle exercise in scenic surroundings.
Places like Wendover Woods, Whiteleaf Hill and Brush Hill above Princes Risborough and Coombe Hill near Wendover are great sites for a stroll. With 1,200 miles of paths in the Chilterns you will never be stuck for a walk!
Find and download lots of walks for free at www.chilternsaonb.org/walks-rides .
Bucks County Council run a programme of volunteer-led guided walks called Simply Walk which are free to join and an easy, sociable way to get walking.
Find out more on Bucks County Council's walking page .