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.

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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.

Get out and walk in the Chilterns... the Ridgeway Trail near Princes Risborough

The nationally-protected countryside of the Chilterns is the perfect place to get some gentle exercise in scenic surroundings.

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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 .