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16 April 2012

Explore the Lake District and get some exercise by going on a trek

Finding time for even the simplest things in life is becoming harder and harder, with nearly two-thirds of Brits now walking less than an hour each week.

With many people simply in a rush, it appears that the car or public transport is being chosen over walking, while others do not have chance to fit the activity into their daily regime.

Figures from Living Streets showed that 55-to-64 year-olds were the most likely group to take to two feet for more than two hours.

Next month the charity is launching the Great British Walking Challenge which hopes to encourage people to stroll more often by parking their car further away from their destination or by getting off the bus one stop earlier.

Guided walking holidays could be another way of getting more exercise, as well as exploring some of the most beautiful parts of the country in the Lake District.

Tony Armstrong, chief executive, said: "Getting active doesn't have to be painful or expensive. Rather than costly gym sessions or punishing long distance runs, try stepping outside for a lunchtime stroll or getting off the bus a few stops early."

The Lake District is the perfect destination for enjoying a few days' walking as its scenery is jaw-dropping and likely to inspire people to carry on with their trek.

Rolling hills surround large pools of water, such as Lake Windermere, providing excellent photography opportunities.

There are many planned treks which visitors can take part in, including the Old Man of Coniston and the Harter Fell walk.

The Old Man of Coniston is one of the most popular Lakeland hikes and can be adjusted depending on the participant's fitness levels. Dow Crag is one of the high points of this trek, standing out above Goat's Water, giving impressive views of Coniston Water and Morecambe Bay.

Harter Fell is often climbed from Mardale Head, where free parking is available, and can incorporate passing through Ambleside and Brougham, near Penrith.

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