If your New Year’s resolutions have lost their sparkle then a refreshing day out in the country could be the answer.
January is National Staying Healthy Month and English Heritage is encouraging visitors to put their best food forward in the great outdoors at one of its stunning regional properties.
The conservation group’s Hadrian’s Wall sites, Corbridge Roman Town, Chesters and Birdoswald Roman Forts, along with all properties in the North East and Cumbria, will be open every weekend this winter.
A trip to any site will give families the opportunity to explore fascinating history, as well as kick start a healthier lifestyle together in Nature’s own open air gym.
All the sites offer plenty of fresh air, fauna and flora. And whilst enjoying all there is to see and do, visitors won’t realise they have been keeping fit at the same time.
Walking for just one mile burns up to 100 calories and at the same time it increases a sense of well-being, boosting metabolism and energy levels.
A number of circular walks can be found between Hadrian’s Wall sites, ranging from a 1.5 mile stroll to a more robust eight mile round trip.
Meanwhile, just 10 minutes of moderate cycling will burn 62 calories, and with a cycleway running across Hadrian’s Wall, you can enjoy exhilarating views whilst staying healthy.
Caroline Sinclair, from English Heritage, said: “Getting out into the countryside is just what people need to brighten their spirits and combat stress, especially in the aftermath of a hectic and overindulgent Christmas.
“Hadrian’s Wall country is already popular with walkers and cyclists and here at English Heritage, we want to encourage people of all ages and fitness levels to put their best foot forward and enjoy all that our sites have to offer.”
Chesters Roman Fort is based near Chollerford within almost six acres of picturesque land and is the perfect place to fire the little ones’ imaginations as they step back in time to explore the 2,000 year old cavalry fort, which boasts the best preserved bathhouse in Britain.
Birdoswald has a Roman fort, turret and mile castle – and is a perfect one-stop-shop for an overview of the history and appearance of Hadrian’s Wall. Visitors can explore the longest continuous stretch of wall visible today and keen walkers can take advantage of the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail which runs straight through it.
Meanwhile, visitors to Corbridge Roman Town can experience the exciting history of a prosperous garrison settlement as they take a walk down the bustling main street, flanked by the remains of granaries, a fountain house, markets, workshops and temples.